Joined Czech squadron of Royal Air Force; war ended before he saw service
Repatriated to Czechoslovakia
Taught grammar school in London
Was program director for National Film Theatre, London
Film debut as co-director (with Tony Richardson), "Momma Don't Allow", a 22-minute documentary short
Made instructional and promotional films for Ford Motor Company
Co-produced Lindsay Anderson's documentary "Every Day Except Christmas"
First solo directing effort, the documentary "We Are the Lambeth Boys"; also produced
Feature film directing debut, "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning"; scripted by Alan Sillitoe from his semiautobiographical novel; starred Albert Finney
Produced Anderson's "This Sporting Life"
Reteamed with Finney (who co-produced and starred in) remake of "Night Must Fall"
Directed the decidedly offbeat gem, "Morgan--A Suitable Case for Treatment"; Vanessa Redgrave's feature debut for which she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination
Reunited with Redgrave for "Isadora", for which she received an other Best Actress Academy Award nomination
First American feature, "The Gambler", scripted by James Toback and starring James Caan
Helmed "Who'll Stop the Rain?", adapted by Judith Roscoe and Robert Stone from the latter's novel "Dog Soldiers"; starred Nick Nolte
Directed screen version of John Fowles' novel "The French Lieutenant's Woman", adapted by Harold Pinter and starring Meryl Streep who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination
Helmed "Sweet Dreams", a biopic of country singer Patsy Cline starring Jessica Lange (who was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award)
Last feature to date, "Everybody Wins", adapted by Arthur Miller from his play "Some Kind of Love Story"; starred Nolte and Debra Winger
Directed off-Broadway production of "Gardenia"
Helmed London stage production of "The Deep Blue Sea"
Broadway directing debut, Pinter's "Moonlight", with Jason Robards and Blythe Danner