Academy to host Oscar winner Danny Boyle

Boyle, a three-time Academy Award nominee, won an Oscar for his direction of the 2008 Best Picture winner “Slumdog Millionaire.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “An Academy Conversation with Danny Boyle,” including a screening of the Oscar winner’s feature directorial debut, “Shallow Grave,” on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City.

A festival favorite in 1994, “Shallow Grave” opened theatrically the following year to broad critical acclaim and introduced its makers and stars to a worldwide audience.  Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, the thriller follows three friends who find their flatmate dead from an overdose in his bedroom.  The story takes a startling turn when they also discover a suitcase full of cash, then decide to keep the cash and dispose of the body.  Starring Ewan McGregor, Kerry Fox and Christopher Eccleston, the film was written by doctor-turned-screenwriter John Hodge and produced by Andrew Macdonald.  Hodge went on to earn an Oscar nomination for “Trainspotting,” which Boyle directed in 1996, and Macdonald produced five more of Boyle’s films, including “Trainspotting” and “28 Days Later.”

Boyle, a three-time Academy Award nominee, won an Oscar for his direction of the 2008 Best Picture winner “Slumdog Millionaire.”  His next feature, “Trance,” opens in the U.S. next month.

Tickets for “Shallow Grave” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.  Tickets may be purchased starting March 19 online at oscars.org or in person at the box office during regular box office hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m.

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