Julian Farino was born and raised in London and educated at Cambridge University. He began directing film documentaries at Granada Television in England, making a sequence of observational films about drag queens, young classical musicians, children’s entertainers and boxers. “They Call Us Nutters” was a portrait of life on the psychopath’s ward of Ashworth Maximum Security Hospital, and “A Winter’s Tale” described life in the coldest inhabited place on earth, Oymyakon in Eastern Siberia.
In 2000 he directed “7 Up 2000,” a continuation of the multi-award winning documentary series, featuring seven-year-olds from all over Britain – a project that continued with “14 Up in 2007.” His film drama in the UK includes an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Our Mutual Friend,” which won four BAFTAs including Best Drama; “Bob and Rose,” a romantic comedy which won Best Series at The British Comedy Awards; and “Flesh and Blood” starring Christopher Eccleston, which won the Prix Europa for Best Film. Other credits in the UK include “The Last Yellow” for BBC Films starring Samantha Morton and Mark Addy, and “Byron,” a biopic of the romantic poet, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Vanessa Redgrave.
Farino came to the United States in 2004 to work for HBO, and directed the majority of episodes of the first three seasons of “Entourage.” He stayed to work on the series “Big Love” and “Rome,” and has received four Emmy and three DGA nominations. He is currently Executive Producer and director of the HBO show “How to Make It in America,” now in its second season. “The Oranges” is his first feature film in the US. Farino is based in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife, the actress Branka Katic, and their two boys Louis and Joe.