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Born: April 4, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Manchester, England, GB Profession: writer, teacher, editor

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A stage and screen writer with an unabashed socialist ideology, Trevor Griffiths is best known as co-writer of "Reds", the 1981 feature film based on the lives of John Reed and Louise Bryant directed by Warren Beatty. Griffiths actually sparred with Beatty on the final draft, when Beatty decided that the story should focus on the romance of Reed and Bryant as much as on Reed's American in Soviet Russia angle. Despite their differences, the pair shared an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. From a working-class background, Griffiths taught, lectured and edited the NORTHERN VOICE magazine before joining the BBC in 1965 as an education officer. While there, he began writing radio plays, including his first, "The Big House" (1969). That same year, Griffiths had his first play, the politically-themed "The Wages of Thin", produced and thereafter concentrated on working in the theater. His breakthrough stage vehicle was "Comedians" (1975), which featured Jonathan Pryce. After "Comedians" played Broadway in 1976, Beatty asked him to collaborate on the screenplay for "Reds". Despite that film's acclaim, it was five years before Griffiths scripted another film. He wrote "Fatherland/Singing the Blues...

A stage and screen writer with an unabashed socialist ideology, Trevor Griffiths is best known as co-writer of "Reds", the 1981 feature film based on the lives of John Reed and Louise Bryant directed by Warren Beatty. Griffiths actually sparred with Beatty on the final draft, when Beatty decided that the story should focus on the romance of Reed and Bryant as much as on Reed's American in Soviet Russia angle. Despite their differences, the pair shared an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

From a working-class background, Griffiths taught, lectured and edited the NORTHERN VOICE magazine before joining the BBC in 1965 as an education officer. While there, he began writing radio plays, including his first, "The Big House" (1969). That same year, Griffiths had his first play, the politically-themed "The Wages of Thin", produced and thereafter concentrated on working in the theater. His breakthrough stage vehicle was "Comedians" (1975), which featured Jonathan Pryce. After "Comedians" played Broadway in 1976, Beatty asked him to collaborate on the screenplay for "Reds". Despite that film's acclaim, it was five years before Griffiths scripted another film. He wrote "Fatherland/Singing the Blues in Red", a political film directed by Kenneth Loach centering on an East German folk singer who is deported to the West.

While Griffiths film work has been limited, his TV work, particularly in the 70s, has been more extensive. He worked on the 1971 series "Adam Smith," based on the book about a minister searching for the meaning of life. He wrote the 1976 series, "Bill Brand", a Thames TV production about the problems in the life of a left-wing member of Parliament. Griffiths also adapted D H Lawrence's "Sons and Lovers" as a miniseries in 1981, the same year he adapted Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" for the BBC. His 1985 series, "The Last Place on Earth", offered a six-part dramatic look at the Scott vs. Amundsen race for the discovery of the South Pole.

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1955:
Served in British army
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Worked as teacher
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Was education officer for the BBC
1969:
Had first play, "The Wages of Thin", produced
1969:
Wrote first radio play, "The Big House"
1975:
Breakthrough stage play, "Comedians"; transferred to Broadway in 1976
1976:
Wrote TV series "Bill Brand" for Thames
1976:
Broadway debut, "Comedians"
1976:
Began writing the screenplay for "Reds" with Warren Beatty
1981:
"Reds", with script co-written and directed by Warren Beatty, released; earned Oscar nomination
1981:
Adapted D H Lawrence's novel "Sons and Lovers" as a BBC miniseries
1985:
Wrote TV series "The Last Place on Earth"
1986:
Scripted "Fatherland", directed by Kenneth Loach
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Education

Manchester University: - 1955

Notes

Griffiths has been involved in writing a biopic of Maude Gonne since 1995.

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wife:
Janice Elaine Stansfield. Married in 1960 until her death in 1977.

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father:
Ernest Griffiths.
mother:
Ann Griffiths.

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"Tip's Lot" MacMillan
"Real Dreams and Revolution in Cleveland"

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