After father's death, dropped out of school
Found employment as an office boy in an oil company
Joined British International Pictures as a messenger and general assistant
Began career as an assistant cameraman at Elstree Studios
Left the film industry briefly to set up business as a photographer
Feature debut, worked as assistant cameraman on "Blackmail", directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Debut as director of photography, "Drake of England/Drake the Pirate"; originally hired as camera operator then assumsed cinematography duties when Claude Friese-Greene left the production
Shot several productions including "Once in a Million/Weekend Millionaire", "Brief Ecstasy/Dangerous Secrets", "Penny Paradise" and "Trouble Brewing"
Served as director of photography on "Major Barbara". directed by Gabriel Pascal
Shot the Powell-Pressburger film "...One of Our Aircraft Is Missing"
Began association with David Lean as cinematographer on "In Which We Serve"
With Lean, co-wrote the film adaptation of Noel Coward's play "Blithe Spirit"; also served as cinematographer
Co-wrote script and did uncredited photography on "Great Expectations", directed by Lean
Feature directorial debut, "Take My Life"
Was a producer on Lean's film version of "Oliver Twist"
Directed the comedy "The Card/The Promoter", starring Alec Guinness as a resourceful young man out to climb the ladders of society
Helmed the engaging spy thriller "The Man Who Never Was"
Reunited with Guinness (who scripted as well as starred) for "The Horse's Mouth", based on Joyce Cary's novel about an extravagantly talented, sometimes monstrously behaved artist
Directed what is arguably his best film, "Tunes of Glory", focusing on the clash between two Scottish military men (played by Guinness and John Mills)
Helmed the Judy Garland vehicle "I Could Go On Singing"
Directed the film version of the stage play "The Chalk Garden", featuring Edith Evans in an Oscar-nominated performance
Was responsible for the studio scenes (shot in Rome) for the film "A Man Could Get Killed"
Helmed the delightful caper flick "Gambit", starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine
Did uncredited direction on "Prudence and the Pill"; replaced Fielder Cook
Helmed the film version of the hit play "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"; star Maggie Smith earned her first Oscar
Directed the musical feature "Scrooge", adapted from the Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol"
Enjoyed commercial success with the all-star, disaster-themed movie "The Poseidon Adventure"
Directed the film adaptation of the Frederic Forsythe spy novel "The Odessa File"
Returned to disaster-themed popcorn flicks with the so-so "Meteor"
Guided the Walter Matthau-Glenda Jackson comedy "Hopscotch"
Reunited with Matthau for the comedy-drama "First Monday in October", about the first female Supreme Court justice
Final feature-length film, the comedy "Foreign Body"
Co-wrote and directed the promotional featurette "The Magic Balloon"