- 1948 Meet the Pioneers (short documentary) 1949 Idlers That Work (short) 1952 Three Installations (short) 1052 Wakefield Express (short documentary) 1952 Trunk Conveyor (short) 1953 O Dreamland (short documentary) 1954 Thursday's Children (short documentary) 1955 The Children Upstairs (short documentary) 1955 Energy First (short) 1955 Food and Mouth (short) 1955 Green and Plesant Land (short) 1955 Henry (short) 1955 A Hundred Thousand Children (short) 1955 £20 a Ton (short) 1957 Every Day Except Christmas (short documentary) 1959 March to Aldermaston (short documentary) 1963 Sporcunun Hayatı 1967 The White Bus 1967 The Singing Lesson (short documentary) 1968 Ne Ekersen 1973 Talihli Adam 1975 In Celebration 1982 Britannia Hospital 1985 Wish You Were There 1986 Wham! In China: Foreign Skies (documentary) 1987 The Whales of August 1995 Is That All There Is?
(Everyday Except Christmas)
FILMS SHOWN IN FESTIVAL ON WHEELS
Born in 1923 in Bangalore, India, where his father was serving in the army. He received a conventional upper middle class education at public school and Oxford. He started making films in 1948. In the Fifties he was an initiator of Free Cinema, an independent documentary movement. His short documentary Thursday's Children (1953), won an Oscar in 1955. He began directing stage plays for Royal Court Theatre, and during the years of the British New Wave his activity was confined to the theatre. Social concern dominated his first feature, This Sporting Life (1963). In If... (1968) he attacked the educational system through which he had himself passed. With O Lucky Man his bitter criticism was broadened to take in the whole of contemporary Western society. His bluntness and refusal to compromise has meant that he has not made many films, but his work is consistent with the artistic principles he has never ceased to proclaim. He died in 1944.