Mike Figgis was born in Carlisle, England in 1948. His early interest was in music and he played keyboards for Bryan Ferry's first band. In 1983, he directed a theatre play, produced in Theatre Gerard-Philipe (Saint-Denis, Paris, France). This play performed with great success at Festival de Grenada and in Theater der Welt (Munich, Germany).
After working in theatre, he made his feature film debut with the low budget "Stormy Monday" in 1988. The film earned him attention as a director who could get interesting performances from established Hollywood actors. He initially made a splash in America in the 1990's with the gritty thriller "Internal Affairs" that helped to revive the career of Richard Gere. His next Hollywood feature were "Mr. Jones" and "Leaving Las Vegas", creating star turns for Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue which earned Figgis Academy Award nominations for Best Directing and Best Screenplay. His most ambitious film to date is the low budget film "The Loss of Sexual Innocence", a loosely based autobiographical film of the director himself.
Forays into digital video technology led him to conceive of and direct "Timecode", which took advantage of the technology to create an ensemble film shot simultaneously with four cameras all in one take and also presented simultaneously and uncut, dividing the screen into four quarters. Later, he directed "Cold Creek Manor", "Ten Minutes Older", some documentary pieces including a segment of The Blues (called "Red, White and Blues") and a short piece on flamenco.
In 2007, Figgis shot his newest feature "Love Live Long" set between Istanbul and Bratislava on the infamous Gumball 3000 Rally, starring Sophie Winkleman and Daniel Lapaine. After shooting "The Co(te)lette Film" in 2010 and two other short films, he's preparing nowadays two new feature films: "Seconds of Pleasure" and "Suspension of Disbelief".