David Yates

David Yates


Life Story

David Yates was born on October 8, 1963 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England. He is a director and producer, known for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), The Legend of Tarzan (2016) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).


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He worked at cre8 studios in Regent Circus in Swindon as a facilitator.
He trained as a director at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield.
His favorite directors are David Lean, Ken Loach and Martin Scorsese.
Is one of four directors to helm the Harry Potter films, the others being Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón and Mike Newell.
Frequently works with composer Nicholas Hooper .
His favorite Harry Potter film is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) .

Personal Quotes 

People who work in television often don't think they can trust film makers because they are supposed to be a bit more arty and self indulgent, and people in film might think anyone who works in television is a hack. If we had more filmmakers working in television, and more television writers and directors working in film, we'd have a much healthier and more vital industry.
I like to create an atmosphere where actors feel safe enough to take risks. I certainly don't believe in being a macho bully; I'm not interested in frightening good work out of people. It's bollocks.



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