Released in 1996 and directed by Mike Nichols, The Birdcage is a comedic film where a gay cabaret owner endeavours to put up a false “straight front” for the benefit of his son’s engagement. The film won the Outstanding Performance by a Cast award at the 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Shot in Los Angeles, Miami and New York, the film features actors Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, and Dianne Wiest.
The award-winning director Mike Nichols achieved great success throughout his 50-year career, beginning with directing 1967’s highly acclaimed award-winning film, The Graduate. Nichols followed up this project with popular films in the 1970’s and 1980’s, including Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, Biloxi Blues, and Working Girl. The director also returned to the stage to direct a number of Broadway shows.