Anthony Asquith

Director, Screenwriter, Production supervisor
With H. G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw and others, Asquith founded London's Film Society in 1925, and after a filmmaking apprenticeship in Hollywood, returned to England as a director in 1928. Along with Alfred ... Read more »
Born: 11/08/1902 in London, England, GB

Filmography

other (19)

The V.I.P.s 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Yellow Rolls-Royce 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Guns of Darkness 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Millionairess 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Libel 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Doctor's Dilemma 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Doctor's Dilemma 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Orders to Kill 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Carrington V.C. 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Young Lovers 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Demi-Paradise 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

Pygmalion 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

French Without Tears (Movie)

(Director)

On Such a Night (Movie)

(Director)

The Way to the Stars (Movie)

(Director)

The Winslow Boy (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Winslow Boy (Movie)

(Director)

The Woman in Question (Movie)

(Director)

We Dive at Dawn (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

With H. G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw and others, Asquith founded London's Film Society in 1925, and after a filmmaking apprenticeship in Hollywood, returned to England as a director in 1928. Along with Alfred Hitchcock, he was considered a major force in the British cinema during the 1930s and 40s. Beginning with his directing debut, "Shooting Stars" (co-directed with A.V. Bramble; 1928) which utilized experimental visual effects and "A Cottage on Dartmoor" (1929), a portrait of British life notable for its use of sound, Asquith became recognized for his tasteful, restrained and civilized quasi-documentary portraits of British life and manners.

With his superb film version of Shaw's "Pygmalion" (1938; co-directed with Leslie Howard), Asquith also began turning out expertly crafted theatrical adaptations, one of the finest of which is the delicious "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1952). From 1938 he began a profitable collaboration with playwright-screenwriter Terrence Rattigan, creating emotional studies of people under stress including, perhaps their finest joint work, "The Way to the Stars" (1945) as well as "The Winslow Boy" (1948), and "The Browning Version" (1950), and continuing through Asquith's last film, "The Yellow Rolls Royce" (1964). Son of liberal prime minister Lord Herbert Asquith.

Relationships

Herbert Asquith

Father
served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916

Helena Bonham Carter

Great-Niece
Born May 26, 1966; starred in "The Wings of the Dove" (1997) and several of Tim Burton's films, including "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007)

Margot Tennant

Mother
second wife of Herbert Asquith

EDUCATION

Balliol College, Oxford University

1926

Summer Fields

Milestones

1944

Formed International Screenplays with Terrence Rattigan and Anatole de Grunwald

1939

First collaboration with Terrence Rattigan, filming his play, "French Without Tears"

1937

Became first president of Association of Cinematographic Technicians

1930

Co-directed (with Geoffrey Barkas) first sound film, "Tell England"

1928

Solo film directing debut, "Underground"

1928

Returned to England to assist Sinclair Hall on film, "Boadicea"

1928

First film as co-director (with A.V. Bramble), "Shooting Stars" (also screenwriter and editor)

1926

Went to Hollywood to study filmmaking methods

1925

Co-founded Film Society

Directed ballets starring Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev for British TV in the mid-1950s

Bonus Trivia

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Named a Commander of the Order of Al Merito della Republica in Italy.

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