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Name: Paul Greengrass  
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Date of Birth: 13th August 1955
Place of Birth: Cheam, Surrey, England, UK
Profession: Director
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Paul Greengrass (b. August 13, 1955 in Cheam, Surrey, UK) is a British writer and film director. He specialises in dramatisations of real-life events.

He first worked as a director in the 1980s, for the ITV current affairs programme World in Action. At the same time he co-authored the notorious book Spycatcher with Peter Wright, former assistant director of MI5, which contained enough sensitive information that the British Government attempted (unsuccessfully) to ban it. He then moved into drama, directing made-for-television films such as The One That Got Away, based on Chris Ryan's book about SAS actions in the Gulf War, and The Fix, a fictional story of corruption in football.

The Murder of Stephen Lawrence (1999) told the story of Stephen Lawrence, a black youth whose murder was not properly investigated by the Metropolitan Police, and led to revelations about institutional racism in the police. Bloody Sunday (2002), depicted the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre of Northern Irish civil rights activists at the hands of British soldiers; it shared First Prize at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival with Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.

Greengrass has also directed purely fictional films; The Bourne Supremacy starred Matt Damon as literary hero Jason Bourne, an amnesiac who realizes he was once a top CIA assassin, now being pursued by his former employers.

As of 2005, Greengrass is slated to helm They Marched Into Sunlight, another fact-based film, this time revolving around the controversy surrounding the Vietnam conflict, and also an as-yet untitled film based on the September 11, 2001 hijacking of Flight 93.

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