ANDREW BIRKIN

 

Andrew Timothy Birkin (°1945) is an English screenwriter, director and occasional actor. In 1980, Andrew Birkin won a BAFTA award and an Academy Award nomination for his short film, produced and directed for 20th Century Fox. In 1984 he wrote the shooting script for The Name of the Rose, and in 1988 he wrote and directed Burning Secret, based on the novel by Stefan Zweig, which won two awards at the 1989 Venice Film Festival, as well as the Young Jury prize at the Brussels Film Festival. In 1993, Birkin wrote and directed The Cement Garden, for which he won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival, as well as Best Film at several film festivals, including Dinard, Fort Lauderdale, and Birmingham. In 1998 he collaborated with Luc Besson on the script of The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, and in 2004 co-wrote the screenplay for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. In 2013, Taschen published a selection of his photographs and an autobiographical essay in Jane & Serge: A Family Album.

While there are many pictures of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg as a couple, Andrew Birkin’s series is remarkable for its intimacy and rarity. These images span a decade which is seen by many as symbolic of a true cultural renewal and offer an extraordinary diversity of stagings. Andrew Birkin reveals the extent to which the private and public life of the artist couple formed by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg were interwoven.