10 Nov Member Event: 'A Night at the Movies' with film producer, Steve Abbott
Posted at 13:42h in Previous Events
Steve Abbott is a British film producer, best known for A Fish Called Wanda, Brassed Off, Fierce Creatures and for his affiliation with the Monty Python troupe. His films have won both Oscars and BAFTAs, and his career has spanned more than 40 years.
As a young boy, he was awarded a scholarship to Bradford Grammar School, after which, he went on to take a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University. While in Cambridge, he fell in love with cinema and foreign films. In 1976, upon his roommate’s suggestion to work as an accountant, Abbott moved to London for a professional qualification at Price Waterhouse. Choosing between a position at Paramount Pictures and EMI Records, Abbott heard about a job at George Harrison’s Handmade Films, founded to rescue Monty Python’s Life of Brian. As a big fan of Monty Python, he took the job. 18 months later he became the Python’s manager.
He went on to set-up Prominent Features and Prominent Television with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin in 1985. Under Prominent Features, Steve Abbott produced the films he became famous for (A Fish Called Wanda, Brassed Off, American Friends, Blame It on the Bellboy and Fierce Creatures).He kept an office at Universal in Los Angeles for over 10 years. Abbott was the executive producer for Prominent Television’s travel series with Michael Palin, and Michael’s four-part travel series on BBC1 – and they’ve been working closely together for many, many years.
It is our pleasure to welcome Steve Abbott to Circle Sq. to offer our members a memorable evening, sharing his career highs (and lows) while in conversation with Noeleen Cohen, Circle Sq. board member and long-time friend. We recommend re-watching Steve’s classic, A Fish Called Wanda, ahead of the event (available for free with Amazon Prime).
DATE: Thursday 10th December