Richard Curtis is a film writer and director, responsible for films such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” (for which he earned an Oscar nomination), “Notting Hill,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” “Mr Bean,” “Love Actually,” “The Boat That Rocked,” “About Time” and most recently, “Trash” and “Esio Trot.”
In the other half of Curtis’ life, he is co-founder and vice-chair of Comic Relief, which he started after visiting Ethiopia during the 1985 famine. He has co-produced the 14 live nights for the BBC since 1988 and the charity has now made over £1 billion for projects in Africa and the UK during that time. In 2015, he will bring the massively successful Red Nose Day to the United States with NBC.
Curtis was a founding member of Make Poverty History and worked both on that campaign and on Live 8 in 2005. As part of his contribution to the MPH campaign, he wrote “The Girl in the Café” for HBO and the BBC - a television drama based around the G8 summit, which won three Emmys. In 2012, Phillip Noyce directed Curtis’ TV movie “Mary and Martha,” a film about two mothers losing their sons to malaria. It has been shown in 50 countries around the world and used as a campaigning tool by many organizations committed to ending malaria.
Curtis is currently leading Project Everyone, an initiative to “launch” the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals to 7 billion people in seven days and drive towards ending poverty by 2030.