Graeme Clifford

Director, Editor, Screenwriter
After working as an editor for the BBC and CBC-TV, Graeme Clifford joined Robert Altman in Canada as assistant editor and second assistant director on "That Cold Day in the Park" (1969). He continued his association ... Read more »
Born: in England, GB

Filmography

Director (23)

Joan of Arcadia 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

For the People 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

The Guardian 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Caracara 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

Barnaby Jones 1972 - 1980, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Crossroads 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Mario Puzo's The Last Don II 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Mario Puzo's The Last Don 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Sisters 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Deception 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Gleaming the Cube 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Burke & Wills 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Frances 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The New Avengers 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director

A Loss of Innocence (TV Show)

Director

Family Sins (TV Show)

Director

My Husband's Secret Life (TV Show)

Director

Past Tense (TV Show)

Director

Profoundly Normal (TV Show)

Director

Redeemer (TV Show)

Director

See You in My Dreams (TV Show)

Director

The Turn of the Screw (TV Show)

Director

Write & Wrong (TV Show)

Director
Editor (6)

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1981 (Movie)

(Editor)

Convoy 1978 (Movie)

(Editor)

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 (Movie)

(Editor)

Don't Look Now 1973 (Movie)

(Editor)

Images 1972 (Movie)

(Editor)
Music (2)

Deception 1993 (Movie)

("The Secrets of My Heart") (Song)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 (Movie)

film and music editor (Music Editor)
Producer (2)

Crossing the Line 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Burke & Wills 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Jessica Lange: It's Only Make-Believe 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Burke & Wills 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

After working as an editor for the BBC and CBC-TV, Graeme Clifford joined Robert Altman in Canada as assistant editor and second assistant director on "That Cold Day in the Park" (1969). He continued his association with Altman serving as casting director and assistant director on "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971) and editor of "Images" (1972). Clifford then edited Nicolas Roeg's eerie psychological thriller, "Don't Look Now" (1973) and "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976). He has perhaps earned a special place with audiences for cutting the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975).

Working on Bob Rafelson's "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1981), Clifford met Jessica Lange whom he later cast in the title role of his directorial debut, "Frances" (1982). This intense biopic of screen star Frances Farmer focused on her descent into madness and featured a virtuoso central performance from Lange and a strong supporting one from Kim Stanley as her mother. While some found fault with the film's structure, Clifford was cited for his sure-with actors.

It took several years, however, for the director to find a suitable follow-up. Clifford settled on "Burke & Wills" (1985), another biographical study of the Australian explorers. While not a conventional biopic, the film focused on the 1860 expedition across the continent (not unlike that of Lewis and Clark in the USA). Taking an intense approach to the material, Clifford crafted a film that thematically owed much to the American Western. Aided by Russell Boyd's extraordinary camera work and the strong central performances of Jack Thompson and Nigel Havers, "Burke & Wills" allowed the audience to come to know and care about these historical characters. Although it was a success Down Under, the film found limited release elsewhere in the world.

Clifford next turned to thrillers, helming the minor Christian Slater vehicle "Gleaming the Cube" (1988), a modest film about a skateboarding youth who sets out to find his brother's killers. "Deception/Ruby Cairo" (1993) was released two years after it was filmed, but has its pleasures. Focusing on a woman (Andie MacDowell) following the trail of bank accounts left by her dead husband, it continues to build thematically on the other works in Clifford's oeuvre. All feature a strong central character (or characters) searching for some ineffable, set against a vivid background. Unfortunately, despite his valiant efforts, Clifford has yet to have a major box-office success.

He has fared somewhat better on the small screen. Although he had begun his directing career in the USA with episodes of such series as "Barnaby Jones" and "The New Avengers", it was not until 1989 that Clifford moved into TV longforms. He helmed the eerie remake of "The Turn of the Screw" (Showtime, 1989) and the modern thriller "Past Tense" (Showtime, 1994). Clifford also directed an episode of the off-beat "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990) as well as segments of the more character-driven NBC series "Sisters" (1996). That same year, he made his broadcast network longform debut with "Loss of Innocence" (ABC). His first network miniseries, "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'" (CBS), was one of the most eagerly anticipated of 1997.

Relationships

Chloe Clifford

Daughter
born c. 1985

Patricia Robinson

Wife
married 1976 met in England when they both worked on "The New Avengers" TV series she was assistant to musical director

EDUCATION

Sydney University

won scholarship to study medicine; left half-way through second year

Milestones

1997

Directed miniseries "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'" (CBS)

1989

Helmed TV remake of "The Turn of the Screw" (Showtime)

1985

Returned to Australia to direct "Burke & Wills"; also produced and scripted

1982

Made US debut as director, "Frances"

1975

Was editor of cult classic "The Rocky Picture Horror Show"

1968

First work for Robert Altman as assistant editor and second assistant director on "That Cold Day in the Park"

1967

Went to Canada as writer, producer and director for CBC-TV

Worked at Artransa Park (then Sydney's only film studio), learning all phases of filmmaking but concentrating on editing

Moved to Europe where he worked as assistant editor, then editor for BBC TV

Directed episodes of "Barnaby Jones" and "The New Avengers" for TV

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