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1988, Universal, 129 min, USA, Dir: Michael Apted

Inspired by anthropologist Louis Leakey, Dian Fossey (Sigourney Weaver) travels to Africa to study mountain gorillas. Though she developed a remarkable relationship with these apes through her research, Fossey found the human problems of war, poaching and corruption far more difficult to solve. This inspiring real-life drama about the woman who helped save the gorillas from extinction earned Golden Globes and Oscar nominations for both Weaver and composer Maurice Jarre. Costarring Julie Harris and Bryan Brown.

1980, Universal, 125 min, USA, Dir: Michael Apted

Sissy Spacek turns in an Oscar-winning performance as Loretta Lynn, who rises from poverty to become one of the most popular country singers of all time. The Band’s Levon Helm makes his film acting debut as father to Lynn and her seven siblings, and Tommy Lee Jones excels as Lynn's troubled manager and husband, who drives his wife to success but has a hard time dealing with the end result.

1999, MGM/Park Circus, 128 min, UK, USA, Dir: Michael Apted

When billionaire oil tycoon Sir Robert King - a personal friend of M’s - is assassinated, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is assigned to protect the man's daughter from KGB-agent-turned-terrorist Renaud (THE FULL MONTY's Robert Carlyle). But the young woman is hardly the innocent she seems: Elektra King's involvement in a plot to manipulate oil prices could get all of Istanbul vaporized. Helmed by veteran director Michael Apted (COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER, the UP documentaries), this action-packed thriller features such familiar faces as Denise Richards (playing a nuclear physicist), a pre-HARRY POTTER Robbie Coltrane and Desmond Llewelyn in his final appearance as that master of lethal gadgets, Q.

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