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Solid, professional craftsman who from 1935 worked his way up from third assistant director to editor with Alexander Korda's London Films before directing the medium-length film, "The Bespoke Overcoat" (1955), which won a short-subject Oscar and a prize at the Venice Film Festival. Clayton then served as producer on several routine pictures before directing his first feature, the powerful, class-conscious drama, "Room at the Top" (1958), which inaugurated a new kind of kitchen-sink realism and frank sensuality in the British cinema.
Working once again in black and white with cinematographer Freddie Francis, Clayton followed with "The Innocents" (1961), the chilling, atmospheric retelling of Henry James' classic ghost story, "The Turn of the Screw" which perfectly exemplified the recurring theme in the majority of his films--"Room," "The Great Gatsby" (1974), "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1983)--the clash betweeen innocence and corruption often involving the loss of a child's innocence and the power of the supernatural.
After a four-year absence from film, Clayton returned in 1987 to direct the critically acclaimed, heartbreakingly bleak, "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne," once again demonstrating his skill with actors and eliciting sensitive performances from Maggie Smith and Bob Hoskins.
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Joined Alexander Korda's London Films as third assistant director
Promoted to assistant director, then editor, London Films
Short film directing and writing debut, "Naples is a Battlefield" (Clayton present at liberation of Naples; film released by Ministry of Information)
First film as production manager, "An Ideal Husband"
First film as associate producer, "Queen of Spades"
Medium-length directing debut, "The Bespoke Overcoat" (also produced)
First feature film as producer, "Sailor Beware/Panic in the Parlor"
Feature film directing debut, "Room at the Top"
Enjoyed a success with "The Innocents", adapted from Henry James' novella "The Turn of the Screw"
Helmed the lavish if somewhat staid remake of "The Great Gatsby"
Directed the film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's film "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
Helmed the romance "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne"