With his twin brother Roy, a leading figure of the post-WWII British film industry. Though they alternated producing and directing chores, the brothers' individual filming styles were virtually indistinguishable. They formed Charter Films in 1937 and were responsible for gritty dramas such as "Thunder Rock" (1942) and "Brighton Rock" (1947) in the 40s. The team concentrated, during the next decade, on mildly anarchic comedies like "Private's Progress" (1956) and "I'm All Right, Jack" (1959), a satire of British trade unions.
During the Spanish Civil War John had fought with the Republicans and, though he later eschewed left-wing politics, all his films carry a degree of social comment. In WWII he made films for the Royal Air Force while Roy directed for the Army Film Unit.
Director (Feature Film)
Writer (Feature Film)
Producer (Feature Film)
Began career as an office boy for a London film distributor
Joined brother at Marleybone Studios
Volunteered to be an ambulance driver in the Spanish Civil War; was almost captured twice
Co-founded Charter Films with brother Roy
First short film, "The Landlady", directed by Roy and produced by John
Feature directing debut, "Journey Together"; also produced and wrote; made for the RAF
Helmed "Brighton Rock", co-written by Graham Greene (adapted from his novel) and Terrence Rattigan
Contributed "The Magic Box" to the Festival of Britain
Joined British Lion Films
Directed "Private's Progress"
Helmed the controversial satire "I'm Alright Jack"
Final film as director, "Rotten to the Core"