Richard Temtchine was born and raised in Paris, France. He was a child actor and brought up in the world of fashion and movies. Temtchine moved to New York City in the early seventies and became one of the city’s most sought after and renowned hairstylists. After his successful career in styling, Richard eventually returned to his true love: the movies.
Richard collaborated with writer and Oscar-nominee Dennis Potter (Pennies from Heaven) and Oscar-winning producer (Shakespeare in Love) and director Edward Zwick (Glory, Traffic, Blood Diamond), when he optioned the ending to Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Despite the strong interest, production is still pending.
Richard went on to co-produce a feature film called Ten Benny featuring then unknown Adrien Brody. Palisade Pictures went on to release the picture in 1994.
Temtchine was fascinated by the casting call process, and he produced a feature length documentary titled Almost Famous in 1995-96. It was sold internationally and aired on television.
Richard’s next project was producing a feature film titled Lesser Prophets starring Jimmy Smits, Scott Glenn, John Turturro, and Elizabeth Perkins in 1997-98. It was released by October Films-Millennium Films.
In 2001, Temtchine created his own production company, Quadrant Entertainment, with a mandate to produce feature films. The first such production under the QE banner was Dummy. It starred Adrien Brody (on the brink of winning his Oscar), Milla Jovovich, Illeana Douglas, and was part of the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. Lion’s Gate Entertainment released the film in September 2003.
Inspired by his former profession as a hairstylist, where he learned a lot about women, Richard wrote the script for the film How to Seduce Difficult Women. To simplify matters, and to avoid finding a director, Temtchine directed and produced the movie himself.
Subsequently, Quadrant Entertainment became a marketing/distribution company which will release How to Seduce Difficult Women on October 30, 2009.