Film Industry Role: Production Designer
Major Works: "Schindler’s List", "The Pianist" and "Hannibal Rising"
Major Awards and Nominations: Oscar winner for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and a BAFTA nomination for Best Production Design.
Allan Starski is one of the top Production Designers working today with more than 45 Production Design credits. He has collaborated with directors such as Roman Polanski, Steven Spielberg, Andrzej Wajda, Fatih Akim, Peter Webber, among many other notable names.
Son of famed screenwriter/ songwriter Ludwik Starski, Allan graduated in Architecture in Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts and began his filmmaking career in Poland with Oscar and Palme d'Or-winning director Andrzej Wajda. With a wide range of successful collaborations (including Człowiek z marmuru (Man of Marble),Człowiek z żelaza (Man of Iron) and Panny z Wilka (The Maids of Wilko) and Pan Tadeusz), it was with the film Danton (1982) that Starski began being noticed by his peers around the world.
In 1993 Starski received an Academy Award for his work in Steven Spielberg’s revered film Schindler’s List – starring Liam Neeson, Ben Knigsley and Ralph Fiennes - which also secured Starski a BAFTA nomination.
His extensive work includes Roman Polanski’s The Pianist (starring Adrien Brody) in 2002 (for which he won a Cesar Award) and Oliver Twist in 2005; Peter Webber’s Hannibal Rising; Agnieszka Holland's Europe, Europe and Washington Square; Fatih Akim's "The Cut".
Starski also has an impressive body of worked on stage productions, having collaborated with acclaimed professionals such as Arthur Miller, Aleksander Bardini and Andrzej Tapicki.