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Also Known As: Died: August 30, 1994
Born: April 17, 1923 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Bangalore, Karnataka, IN Profession: Director ...
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1925:
Moved to England from India at age two
1943:
Served as an army officer with the King's Royal Rifle Corps and later with the Army Intelligence Corps during WWII; military experience ended with a year in India working as a cryptographer
1945:
Along with a number of his fellow army officers, raised a red flag over the roof of their camp's mess when a Labour government was elected in Britain
1946:
Claimed that he received his "first real creative shock in the cinema" when he first saw John Ford's "My Darling Clementine"
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Co-editor (with Gavin Lambert, Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson) of the film periodical "Sequence"; when they left Oxford, the editors took the journal with them, writing most of each issue themselves and publishing it in London
1948:
Made first short documentary, "Meet the Pioneers" (also narrator, writer and co-editor)
1952:
Published "Making of a Film" about Thorold Dickinson's production of "Secret People" (1952)
1952:
Produced and acted in James Broughton's experimental medium-length film, "The Pleasure Garden"
1952:
Made "Wakefield Express" and "Three Installations", the first two of nine documentary collaborations over the next several years with cinematographer Walter Lassally
1955:
Began directing occasional TV commercials, a kind of work he would intermittently return to over the years (date approximate)
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TV debut directing four episodes of "The Adventures of Robin Hood"; episodes were "Secret Mission", "The Imposters", "Isabella" and "The Haunted Mill"
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Co-programmer of the Free Cinema series at London's National Film Theatre
1957:
London stage directing debut, "The Waiting of Lester Abbs", Royal Court Theatre, London
1963:
Feature film directing debut, "This Sporting Life"; also marked early collaboration with novelist and playwright David Storey, who wrote the screenplay based on his novel
1965:
Stage acting debut in "Miniature" at the Royal Court Theatre, London
1969:
Earliest acting for TV included a role on "The Parachute"
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Served as co-artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, London; then as associate artistic director (1971-75)
1967:
Directed two short films, "The White Bus" and "Raz Dwz Trzy--The Singing Lesson/"One, Two, Three--The Singing Lesson", the latter made in Poland
1968:
Feature producing debut, "If...", Which he co-produced with Michael Medwin and also directed
1968:
Made feature-length film acting debut, as a barrister in "Inadmissible Evidence"
1969:
First theatrical premiere staged in collaboration with playwright David Storey, "In Celebration"
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Served as co-artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre in London
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Was a founding member of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre
1971:
Directed David Storey's play, "Home", on Broadway, with John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson in the leading roles; received Tony nomination as Best Director of a Dramatic Play
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Served as associate artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre
1972:
Narrated the documentary, "75 Years of Cinema Museum", directed by Eila Hershon and Roberto Guerra
1978:
Received credit for "collaboration" on the independently-made feature film, "Nighthawks", about a gay male schoolteacher
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Directed revivals of the plays "The Holly and the Ivy" and "In Celebration" off-Broadway in 1982 and 1984, respectively
1985:
Directed a production of "Hamlet" in Washington DC, restaging and revising a production of the play he had done in London four years earlier
1985:
Made a documentary film of a tour of China by the British pop group Wham!, "Wish You Were There/Foreign Skies"
1987:
Directed last feature film, "The Whales of August"
1989:
American TV directorial debut, "Glory! Glory!", A satirical miniseries made for HBO
1991:
Played the role of the war minister in the made-for-HBO TV-movie, "Prisoner of Honor"
1992:
Last feature film acting appearance, "Blame It on the Bellboy"
1992:
Last theatrical premiere of work written by David Storey, "Stages"
1994:
Was one of five filmmakers asked by the BBC to make semi-autobiographical films for a series, "The Director's Place"; Anderson's segment scheduled to open the series 9/17/94

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