Alan Bridges

Director, Actor
After studying at RADA and abandoning a career as an actor, Alan Bridges found his calling behind the camera. During the 1960s, he became one of the most prolific and esteemed directors working in British television. In ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1927 in Liverpool, England, GB

Filmography

other (11)

Pudd'nhead Wilson 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

The Shooting Party 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Return of the Soldier 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Age of Innocence 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

La Petite fille en velours bleu 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Petite fille en velours bleu 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Brief Encounter 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director

Out of Season 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hireling 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Displaced Person (TV Show)

Director

Man's World (Movie)

Capt. Peterson (Actor)

Biography

After studying at RADA and abandoning a career as an actor, Alan Bridges found his calling behind the camera. During the 1960s, he became one of the most prolific and esteemed directors working in British television. In 1964, Bridges jumped to the big screen with "Act of Murder", a modest whodunit that included a love triangle among an actor, his mistress and her husband. Over the course of his career, the director brought a feel for actors and a sophisticated understanding of the English class structure to bear on finely observed dramas. Despite a limited feature output, Bridges directed what some consider as two minor masterpieces. "The Hireling" (1973), which took the Palme d'Or at Cannes and featured strong central performances by Sarah Miles (as an upper-crust woman on the verge of a breakdown) and Robert Shaw as her chauffeur, explored the social barriers between employer and employee. "The Shooting Party" (1984) offered a superbly rendered look at the changes in class structures at the end of the Edwardian era.

Relationships

Anne Castle

Wife

EDUCATION

Dovedale Road School

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
won Emile Littler Prize

Milestones

1985

Helmed the "American Playhouse" production "Displaced Person" (PBS)

1984

Last feature to date "The Shooting Party"

1980

Directed the Dennis Potter teleplay "Rain on the Roof" for London Weekend Television

1974

Helmed the small screen remake of "Brief Encounter", co-starring Sophia Loren and Richard Burton; aired on NBC as part of "Hallmark Hall of Fame"; aired in London in 1976

1974

US TV directing debut, the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "Crown Matrimonial" (NBC)

1973

Breakthrough feature, "The Hireling"; won Palme d'or at Cannes

1969

Directed the first British version of a teleplay by Ingmar Bergman, translated by Paul Britten Austin, "The Lie" (BBC)

1967

Staged Ibsen's "Ghosts" for Royal Shakespeare Co., London

1964

Directorial debut "Act of Murder"

1961

Began working in British TV

Worked three years as Welfare Officer in Royal Army Education Corps, staging plays, occasionally acting; then attended RADA

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