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|Also Known As:||Died:||November 27, 2011|
|Born:||July 3, 1927||Cause of Death:||Stroke|
|Birth Place:||Southampton, England, GB||Profession:||Director ...|
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Entered Merchant Navy; released due to nervous breakdown
Served with Royal Air Force
Worked with British Dance Theatre, London Theatre Ballet, NY Norsk Ballet, and in provincial repertory theater
Worked as freelance still photographer
Made first amateur short film, "Peepshow"
Began working as director for the BBC arts series "Monitor"
Secured permission to use actors in "Elgar" on condition that they appeared only in long shot and spoke no dialogue
First feature film as director, "French Dressing"
Worked with actor Oliver Reed in "The Debussy Film"; went around BBC restrictions on using actors to represent historical figures by building the picture around a group of actors making a film about Debussy
Cast Reed as Dante Gabriel Rosetti in "Dante's Inferno"
Gained international attention with film "Women in Love"; Reed portrayed rich young mine owner Gerald Crich; first of five features with actress Glenda Jackson, who won an Oscar for her performance; film garnered controversy over its nude male wrestling scene
First feature as producer, "The Music Lovers"; also directed; second film with Jackson
First screenplay credit, "The Devils", adapted from the John Whiting play based on Aldous Huxley's "The Devils of Loudon"; also directed and produced; Reed starred as Father Urbain Grandier
Filmed "Savage Messiah", adapted from the H. S. Ede biography of the sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska from which he had drawn great strength at a low point in his life
Commercial hit as the writer and director of The Who's "Tommy"; last feature with Reed
Returned to the winner's column with "Altered States" although screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky disowned the final film, which was based on a Chayefsky novel
Began to direct stage operas in 1980s; directed in England, Australia, Italy and Greece
Directed highbrow horror film "Gothic," filled with trademark hallucinatory visuals
Made feature acting debut in "Salome's Last Dance"; also directed
Second Lawrence adaptation, "The Rainbow"; fifth and last (to date) feature with Jackson
Directed first U.S. TV production, "Dusk Before Fireworks" segment of "Women and Men: Stories of Seduction" (HBO)
Directed the pseudo-documentary "Whore"; also wrote screenplay
Second assignment for HBO, directing "Prisoner of Honor," a movie about a turn of the century anti-Semitic French army officer who challenged the massive government cover up in the imprisonment of Alfred Dreyfus
Returned to the work of Lawrence, directing four-part miniseries "Lady Chatterly" (BBC), adapted from "Lady Chatterly's Lover"
Contributed 27-minute "The Insatiable Mrs Kirsch" to executive producer Regina Ziegler's six-part "Erotic Tales"
Directed The Movie Channel's "Dogboys"
Wrote and directed short film "Lion's Mouth"; screened on the Internet
Wrote, directed, and appeared in "The Fall of the Louse of Usher: A Gothic Tale for the 21st Century"
Final directorial project, the segment titled "The Girl With Golden Breasts" in the horror anthology "Trapped Ashes"
Joined the cast of the U.K. reality series "Celebrity Big Brother" (Channel 4)
Acted alongside Rhys Ifans, Chloë Sevigny and David Thewlis in "Mr. Nice"
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