When Edward Berger joined Sweetshop for global representation in November last year, he had won five Emmy nominations for Patrick Melrose, the five-part series he directed, including Best Director and Best Limited Series. Now Patrick Melrose has won four BAFTA awards, Best Mini-Series and Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch, plus Best Production Design and Writer: Drama Awards for craft. He was also nominated for Best Director and Best Limited Series.
“Edward Berger is an amazing director,” said Patrick Melrose executive producer, Michael Jackson, while accepting the award at the BAFTA’s on Sunday night.
“I think I’m going to fall over,” added Benedict Cumberbatch on stage. “I breathe rarefied air, but I’m very used to being a bridesmaid, not the bride.”
For Berger, getting the chance to direct Patrick Melrose was “the biggest luck of my life.” Based on a series of novels by Edward St. Aubyn, the show follows the life journey of the title character, Patrick Melrose, who was abused as a child, struggles with addiction and heartbreak, and seeks redemption. Berger directed all five episodes of the Showtime limited series, and he considers Melrose “one of the most interesting characters” ever written.
Patrick Melrose was called “a brilliant portrayal of addiction” by The Guardian reviewer, Sam Wollaston, and “dark, funny and never less than impressive,” by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Karl Quinn.
Berger also directed the two-hour premiere of this year’s AMC series, The Terror. The Channel 4 series, Deutschland ’83, directed by Berger, received remarkable reviews and won an International Emmy for Best Drama. The feature film, Jack, directed by Berger premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, won Best Director and Best Picture at the German Director’s Guild Awards, and won a Silver German Academy Award for Best Picture. At the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, he was named one of Ten Europeans to Watch by Variety Magazine.