‘John Hurt is simply the greatest actor in the world,’ said David Lynch, 10 years after working with him on The Elephant Man. It’s a sentiment expressed by many during Hurt’s long career.
With over 200 credits in film and TV, his body of work featured roles in all genres, and every project he worked on was lifted by his performance.
With this small collection we celebrate the breadth of his amazing career.
Love and Death on Long Island
Comedy199689 minsDirector: Richard Kwietniowski
John Hurt stars in Richard Kwietniowski’s comedy of fame and obsession about an older man (Hurt) who becomes infatuated with a young Hollywood actor (Jason Priestley), and proceeds to track him down.
Drama1975111 minsDirector: Stuart Cooper
Delusional revolutionary Malcolm Scrawdyke (John Hurt) leads his Party of Dynamic Erection in a battle against an unseen nemesis in this dark comedy.
Drama197883 minsDirector: Jerzy Skolimowski
Cannes’ Grand Jury Prize was awarded to this unnerving drama about a man who claims to be able to kill people with a ‘terror shout’ learned from an Aboriginal shaman.
The Elephant Man
Biopic1980124 minsDirector: David Lynch
David Lynch's moving true-life tale of the severely deformed Joseph Merrick and his rescue from the hell of a Victorian circus sideshow.
The Wild and the Willing
Drama1962109 minsDirector: Ralph Thomas
Ian McShane and John Hurt made their feature film debuts in this swinging 1960s drama centring on a group of students and their sexual exploits and escapades.