Tony Richardson


Director
Tony Richardson

About

Also Known As
Cecil Antonio Richardson
Birth Place
Yorkshire, England, GB
Born
June 05, 1928
Died
November 14, 1991
Cause of Death
Neurological Infection Resulting From Aids

Biography

British theater and film director primarily associated with the "Angry Young Man" movement of the late 1950s and early 60s. Richardson worked as a producer with the BBC from 1952 to 1955 and co-directed a short documentary about working-class youths, "Momma Don't Allow" (1955), with Karel Reisz. The film was well received when shown at the first "Free Cinema" program in 1956--the same ye...

Family & Companions

Vanessa Redgrave
Wife
Actor. Married on April 29, 1962; divorced in 1967.
Jeanne Moreau
Companion
Actor. Involved in the mid-1960s.

Bibliography

"The Cinema of Tony Richardson"
James M Welsh and John C Tibbets (editors), State University of New York Press (1999)

Notes

Richardson directed for the London stage from 1956-72 and the productions he staged include: "The Entertainer", "A Taste of Honey", "Requiem for a Nun", "Cards of Identity", "The Chairs", "The Making of Moo", "Flesh to a Tiger", "Orpheus Descending", "Look After Lulu", "The Changeling" and "Luther". He directed Nicol Williamson in "Hamlet" on Broadway in 1968.

Biography

British theater and film director primarily associated with the "Angry Young Man" movement of the late 1950s and early 60s. Richardson worked as a producer with the BBC from 1952 to 1955 and co-directed a short documentary about working-class youths, "Momma Don't Allow" (1955), with Karel Reisz. The film was well received when shown at the first "Free Cinema" program in 1956--the same year that "Look Back in Anger," a play written by John Osborne and directed by Richardson, shook up the English theatrical establishment with its bitter indictment of postwar culture.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Blue Sky (1994)
Director
Women & Men: Stories of Seduction (1990)
Director ("Hills Like White Elephants")
Penalty Phase (1986)
Director
The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)
Director
The Border (1981)
Director
Death In Canaan (1978)
Director
Joseph Andrews (1977)
Director
Dead Cert (1974)
Director
A Delicate Balance (1973)
Director
Ned Kelly (1970)
Director
Hamlet (1969)
Director
Laughter in the Dark (1969)
Director
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
Director
The Sailor From Gibraltar (1967)
Director
Mademoiselle (1966)
Director
The Loved One (1965)
Director
Tom Jones (1963)
Director
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Director
A Taste of Honey (1962)
Director
Sanctuary (1961)
Director
The Entertainer (1960)
Director
Look Back in Anger (1959)
Director
Momma Don't Allow (1955)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)
Screenplay
Joseph Andrews (1977)
From Screenplay
Joseph Andrews (1977)
Story By
Dead Cert (1974)
Screenplay
Ned Kelly (1970)
Screenwriter
The Sailor From Gibraltar (1967)
Screenwriter
A Taste of Honey (1962)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Girl With Green Eyes (1964)
Executive Producer
Tom Jones (1963)
Producer
A Taste of Honey (1962)
Producer
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Producer
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1961)
Producer

Film Production - Lighting/Electrical (Feature Film)

Mask of Death (1995)
Lighting Technician

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
Best Boy Electric (2nd Unit)

Director (Special)

After Midnight (1988)
Director

Life Events

1952

Joined the BBC TV directors' training program

1953

Began directing for the BBC with such productions as "Othello" and Dostoyevsky's "Gambler"

1954

Wrote articles on film for <i>Sight and Sound</i>

1955

Co-directed first short film, "Mama Don't Allow" with Karel Reisz

1955

Stage directing debut, "The Country Wife" at the Royal Theatre in England

1956

Directed groundbreaking production of John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" at London's Royal Court Theatre

1957

Made Broadway directing debut when "Look Back in Anger" moved to New York

1958

Formed own film company, Woodfall Film Productions with John Osborne

1959

Directed first feature, the film adaptation of Osborne's "Look Back in Anger"; produced through Woodfall Film

1960

Produced first feature, "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning"; directed by Karel Reisz

1961

Directed first Hollywood film, "Sanctuary"

1963

Helmed first color film, "Tom Jones"

1967

Helmed the British drama, "The Sailor from Gibraltar," starring Jeanne Moreau and then wife Vanessa Redgrave

1968

Directed then wife, Vanessa Redgrave in "The Charge of the Light Brigade"

1973

Directed the film adaptation of Edward Albee's play, "A Delicate Balance"

1975

Fired by Motown head Berry Gordy shortly after production began on "Mahogany," starring Diana Ross; Gordy took over directing

1978

Directed first US TV-movie, "A Death in Canaan"

1984

Wrote and directed the film adaptation of "The Hotel New Hampshire," starring Jodie Foster, Rob Lowe and Beau Bridges

1990

Directed one of three short stories for HBO's anthology special, "Women and Men: Stories of Seduction"

1994

Last feature film, "Blue Skies," starring Jessica Lange in her Oscar winning performance (completed in 1991 and released posthumously)

Photo Collections

Tom Jones - Movie Poster
Here is a country-of-origin British Quad movie poster for Tom Jones (1963), starring Albert Finney and directed by Tony Richardson.
The Loved One - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Loved One (1965). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Girl With Green Eyes (1964) - I Love The City Following credits, lively opening from director Desmond Davis, Rita Tushingham as Kate describing her life in Dublin, and introducing roommate Baba (Lynn Redgrave), in Girl With Green Eyes, 1964, from the novel and screenplay by Edna O'Brien.
Girl With Green Eyes (1964) - Bacon And Cabbage Smitten Irish country girl Kate (Rita Tushingham) contrives to meet handsome writer Gaillard (Peter Finch) at a Dublin tea room without her roommate, in Girl With Green Eyes, 1964, directed by Desmond Davis from Edna O'Brien's novel and screenplay.
Look Back In Anger (1959) - Fourteen Pounds Of Jelly Babies Jimmy (Richard Burton) with partner Cliff (Gary Raymond) sets up his candy-stand and encounters the irritating constable Hurst (Donald Pleasence) in Tony Richardson's Look Back In Anger, 1959.
Look Back In Anger (1959) - Give Her A Pink Gin Wife Alison (Mary Ure) walks into a buzz saw, arriving in the pub where Jimmy (Richard Burton) is schmoozing his benefactor Mrs. Tanner (Edith Evans) in Tony Richardson's Look Back In Anger, 1959.
Look Back In Anger (1959) - I'm Her Landlord! Jimmy (Richard Burton) and Cliff (Gary Raymond) invade the rehearsal where Alison (Mary Ure) is trying to support Helena (Claire Bloom) in Tony Richardson's production of John Osborne's play Look Back In Anger, 1959.
Look Back In Anger (1959) - She Just Devours Me Whole! Having just made peace, Jimmy (Richard Burton) and wife Alison (Mary Ure) get playful until he learns she's invited guest Helena (Claire Bloom), in Tony Richardson's Look Back In Anger, 1959.
Look Back In Anger (1959) - Open, Jimmy A London jazz club is the setting, Jimmy (Richard Burton) wailing on his trumpet, in the opening of Tony Richardson's Look Back In Anger, 1959, co-starring Mary Ure and Claire Bloom, from John Osborne's play.
Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (1961) - Every Minute God Sends The de-facto debut of Albert Finney, at work in the Raleigh Bicycle Works in Nottingham, a landmark in the British "Angry Young Man" movement, opening Saturday Night And Sunday Morning, 1961, directed by Karel Reisz from Alan Sillitoe's novel and screenplay.
Tom Jones (1963) - I Should Teach Him Some New Songs First scene with Sophie (Susannah York), returned from two years in London, for whom Albert Finney (title character) has captured a thrush, only to see it released by his prissy rival Blifil (David Warner) in Tony Richardson's Tom Jones, 1963.
Tom Jones (1963) - There's LIttle Hope Quickening events as Tom (Albert Finney) learns from Blifil (David Warner) of the accident, and both attend the deathbed of Squire Allworthy (George Devine), who fails to die in Tony Richardson's Tom Jones, 1963.
Entertainer, The (1960) - Up The Flag, Mick! Within an early flashback Joan Plowright as art teacher Jean recalls seeing off her brother (Albert Finney as Mick), with her fiancè Graham (Daniel Massey), his unit having been called up from London for the Suez Crisis, in director Tony Richardson’s The Entertainer, 1960, starring Laurence Olivier.
Entertainer, The (1960) - Nuns, Clergymen And Dogs! Sister Jean (Joan Plowright) and stepmother Phoebe (Brenda De Banzie) worrying over paratrooper brother Mick, grandfather Billy (Roger Livesey) harrumphing, when actor father Archie (Laurence Olivier) arrives, early in Tony Richardson's The Entertainer, 1960.

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Family

Clarence Albert Richardson
Father
Pharmacist.
Elsie Richardson
Mother
Natasha Richardson
Daughter
Actor. Born on May 11, 1963; mother, Vanessa Redgrave.
Joely Richardson
Daughter
Actor. Born on January 9, 1965; mother, Vanessa Redgrave.
Katherine Grimond
Daughter

Companions

Vanessa Redgrave
Wife
Actor. Married on April 29, 1962; divorced in 1967.
Jeanne Moreau
Companion
Actor. Involved in the mid-1960s.

Bibliography

"The Cinema of Tony Richardson"
James M Welsh and John C Tibbets (editors), State University of New York Press (1999)

Notes

Richardson directed for the London stage from 1956-72 and the productions he staged include: "The Entertainer", "A Taste of Honey", "Requiem for a Nun", "Cards of Identity", "The Chairs", "The Making of Moo", "Flesh to a Tiger", "Orpheus Descending", "Look After Lulu", "The Changeling" and "Luther". He directed Nicol Williamson in "Hamlet" on Broadway in 1968.