Laurent Tirard

Laurent Tirard

Laurent Tirard at the preview showing of Little Nicholas, 2009
Born (1967-02-18) 18 February 1967
Occupation Director, screenwriter
Years active 1999–present

Laurent Tirard (born 18 February 1967) is a French film director and screenwriter.

Life and career

Laurent Tirard grew up admiring American films, such as those by Steven Spielberg.[1] He studied film making at New York University, worked as a script reader for Warner Bros. studios, then became a journalist and worked for the French film magazine Studio for six years.

There, he conducted a series of interviews on film making which have been published as a book under the title Moviemakers' Master Class: Private Lessons from the World's Foremost Directors. From Woody Allen to David Cronenberg, the Coen brothers to Lars Von Trier, all film directors run up against the same essential concerns: how to direct actors, for example, or whether to pre-plan camera angles. In interviewing these and 16 other notable filmmakers, Tirard found notable affinities between seemingly dissimilar directors. The book has also been published in France, Canada, England, Italy, Spain and Brazil.

In 1997, he left the magazine and began writing scripts for film and television, while directing two short films, in 1999 and 2000. He wrote and directed his first feature, The Story of My Life, in 2004, co-wrote the hugely successful Prête-moi ta main (How to Get Married and Stay Single) for Alain Chabat in 2005, then wrote and directed his second film, Molière, the following year. Molière was entered into the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.[2]

He directed the film adaptation of the popular French children's book Le petit Nicolas: Little Nicholas in 2009 and its sequel Nicholas on Holiday in 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 De source sûre Writer and director Short film
2002 Maternal Love Writer TV movie
2002 Fred et son orchestre Writer TV series
2002 Ton Tour Viendra Writer TV series
2004 The Story of My Life Director and writer
2004 Mon Vrai Père Writer TV movie
2004 Le Plus Beau Jour de Ma Vie Writer
2005 Tête de gondole Director segments "La Pause", "À consommer froid de préférence"
2006 I Do Writer
2007 Molière Director and writer
2009 Little Nicholas Director and writer
2010 Sans laisser de traces Writer
2011 Mike Writer
2012 Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia Director and writer
2014 Nicholas on Holiday Director and writer
2016 Up for Love Director and writer


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