He directed Ben Hecht's play, "The Front Page," at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London, England with Alun Armstrong, Ian Gelder, Martin Marquez, Hilton McRae, Adam Godley, Tim McMullan, Griff Rhys-Jones, Lizzy McInnerny, Ian Bartholomew, and Christopher Benjamin in the cast.
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Regarding the different reactions of Europeans and Americans to his film, Jarhead
(2005): "I feel they've understood in Europe. In America, it's like talking about a different movie. Fundamentally, "Jarhead" disobeys all the laws of American movies, and not just the political laws of American movies right now, which demand on some level to tell us which side they're on. In Europe, there's a sense...
He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier
Theatre Award for Best Director of the 1997 season for "Othello" at the Royal National Theatre.
Often begins his films with a voice-over narration from the main character; at the end of the movie the character finishes his narration in very much the same way it began.