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Tony Kaye (director)


Tony Kaye (director)

Tony Kaye
Kaye at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Detachment
Born Tony Kaye
(1952-07-08) 8 July 1952
London, England, UK.
Occupation Director, cinematographer, producer, screenwriter, actor, writer, poet, singer/songwriter, painter
Years active 1995–present
Tony Kaye

(born 8 July 1952) is a British director of films, music videos, advertisements, and documentaries.


  • Life and career 1
  • Filmography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Kaye was born in London, United Kingdom. He has made several well-known music videos, including the video for "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum, which won a Grammy Award, "Dani California" by Red Hot Chili Peppers, "What God Wants" by Roger Waters, and "Help Me" and "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash. Kaye is a six time Grammy nominated music video director.

His feature film debut was American History X (1998), a drama about racism starring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. Kaye disowned the final cut of the film, as he did not approve of its quality.[1] He unsuccessfully attempted to have his name removed from the credits.[2][3] The final cut was critically lauded and Norton was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film.

Kaye's second feature, a documentary called Lake of Fire, was about the abortion debate in the United States. It opened in Toronto in September 2006. The movie was shortlisted for an Oscar, nominated for Best Documentary Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, and the Satellite Awards. Lake of Fire took Kaye 18 years to make.

Kaye's third feature film, Black Water Transit (2010), starred Laurence Fishburne, Karl Urban, Evan Ross, Brittany Snow, and Stephen Dorff. The film is unfinished as the production company went bankrupt during the making.

Kaye's fourth feature film, Detachment (2011), starring his daughter Betty Kaye is a drama about the decline of the education system in American high schools .



  1. ^ Maurer, Monika (September 1998). "A Quick Chat with Tony Kaye by Monika Maurer". 
  2. ^ McCarthy, Todd (October 22, 1998). "American History X".  
  3. ^ Kaye, Tony (October 25, 2002). "Losing it".  

External links

  • Tony Kaye at the Internet Movie Database
  •'s Revealing Interview
  • Tony Kaye interview, at The A.V. Club
  • starring Elizabeth Banks and Seth RogenThis Is Not Sex,Tony Kaye's
  • Losing It: Here he reveals how he became an outcast in LA
  • "A Quick Chat with Tony Kaye" by Monika Maurer
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