Lindsay Anderson

Actor, Editor, Producer
"If you truly love human beings, you have to be able to be angry with them," Lindsay Anderson once said. An angry idealist and cerebral iconoclast, he implied--at least in his early feature film work--that the first ... Read more »
Born: 04/16/1923 in Bangalore, Karnataka, IN

Filmography

other (33)

Wish You Were There 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hi-Lo Country 1998 (Movie)

in memoriam(1923-1994) (Other)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Is That All There Is? 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Is That All There Is? 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Is That All There Is? 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lucky Man 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

John Ford 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Blame It on the Bellboy 1992 (Movie)

Mr Marshall (Actor)

Glory! Glory! 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Director

The Adventures of Robin Hood 1955 - 1958, 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Director

The Arts and Glasnost 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Whales of August 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Britannia Hospital 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Chariots of Fire 1981 (Movie)

Master of Caius (Actor)

Nighthawks 1977 (Movie)

collaboration (Other)

In Celebration 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

O Lucky Man! 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

O Lucky Man! 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

O Lucky Man! 1973 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

75 Years of Cinema Museum 1971 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

If... 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

If... 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Inadmissible Evidence 1968 (Movie)

Barrister (Actor)

The Shop on Main Street 1965 (Movie)

English subtitiles (Other)

This Sporting Life 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

O Dreamland 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Thursday's Children 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Thursday's Children 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (TV Show)

Narrator

Home (Movie)

(Director)

Prisoner of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

"If you truly love human beings, you have to be able to be angry with them," Lindsay Anderson once said. An angry idealist and cerebral iconoclast, he implied--at least in his early feature film work--that the first step toward redeeming a corrupt system of values lies in contemplating its destruction.

Relationships

Alexander Anderson

Father
attained the rank of major-general of Scottish descent served in the army in India, as had his father before him divorced from Lindsay Anderson's mother when the boy was ten

Estelle Anderson

Mother
daughter of a prosperous wool merchant born in Queenstown, South Africa remarried after her divorce from Alexander Vass Anderson

Murray Anderson

Brother
survived him

Sandy Anderson

Nephew
survived him

EDUCATION

Cheltenham College

public school

Wadham College

1941 - 1948
awarded a classical scholarship in 1941; college career was interrupted by three years of military service; was co-editor of a film journal, SEQUENCE, while a student

Milestones

1994

Was one of five filmmakers asked by the BBC to make semi-autobiographical films for a series, "The Director's Place"; Anderson's segment scheduled to open the series 9/17/94

1992

Last theatrical premiere of work written by David Storey, "Stages"

1992

Last feature film acting appearance, "Blame It on the Bellboy"

1991

Played the role of the war minister in the made-for-HBO TV-movie, "Prisoner of Honor"

1989

American TV directorial debut, "Glory! Glory!", A satirical miniseries made for HBO

1987

Directed last feature film, "The Whales of August"

1985

Directed a production of "Hamlet" in Washington DC, restaging and revising a production of the play he had done in London four years earlier

1985

Made a documentary film of a tour of China by the British pop group Wham!, "Wish You Were There/Foreign Skies"

1978

Received credit for "collaboration" on the independently-made feature film, "Nighthawks", about a gay male schoolteacher

1972

Narrated the documentary, "75 Years of Cinema Museum", directed by Eila Hershon and Roberto Guerra

1970

Directed David Storey's play, "Home", on Broadway, with John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson in the leading roles; received Tony nomination as Best Director of a Dramatic Play

1968

First theatrical premiere staged in collaboration with playwright David Storey, "In Celebration"

1968

Earliest acting for TV included a role on "The Parachute"

1968

Made feature-length film acting debut, as a barrister in "Inadmissible Evidence"

1968

Feature producing debut, "If...", Which he co-produced with Michael Medwin and also directed

1967

Directed two short films, "The White Bus" and "Raz Dwz Trzy--The Singing Lesson/"One, Two, Three--The Singing Lesson", the latter made in Poland

1965

Stage acting debut in "Miniature" at the Royal Court Theatre, London

1963

Feature film directing debut, "This Sporting Life"; also marked early collaboration with novelist and playwright David Storey, who wrote the screenplay based on his novel

1957

London stage directing debut, "The Waiting of Lester Abbs", Royal Court Theatre, London

1955

Began directing occasional TV commercials, a kind of work he would intermittently return to over the years (date approximate)

1952

Published "Making of a Film" about Thorold Dickinson's production of "Secret People" (1952)

1952

Made "Wakefield Express" and "Three Installations", the first two of nine documentary collaborations over the next several years with cinematographer Walter Lassally

1952

Produced and acted in James Broughton's experimental medium-length film, "The Pleasure Garden"

1948

Made first short documentary, "Meet the Pioneers" (also narrator, writer and co-editor)

1946

Claimed that he received his "first real creative shock in the cinema" when he first saw John Ford's "My Darling Clementine"

1944

Along with a number of his fellow army officers, raised a red flag over the roof of their camp's mess when a Labour government was elected in Britain

1942

Served as an army officer with the King's Royal Rifle Corps and later with the Army Intelligence Corps during WWII; military experience ended with a year in India working as a cryptographer

1925

Moved to England from India at age two

Directed revivals of the plays "The Holly and the Ivy" and "In Celebration" off-Broadway in 1982 and 1984, respectively

Served as co-artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre in London

Was a founding member of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre

Co-editor (with Gavin Lambert, Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson) of the film periodical "Sequence"; when they left Oxford, the editors took the journal with them, writing most of each issue themselves and publishing it in London

TV debut directing four episodes of "The Adventures of Robin Hood"; episodes were "Secret Mission", "The Imposters", "Isabella" and "The Haunted Mill"

Served as associate artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre

Co-programmer of the Free Cinema series at London's National Film Theatre

Served as co-artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, London; then as associate artistic director (1971-75)

Bonus Trivia

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Bob Baker, of the British film journal Film Dope characterized Anderson as follows: "John Ford meets George Orwell."

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"I'm not, unfortunately, a good careerist, and I'm not proud of that. It's just that to be a director today, you have to do so much more than actually direct. My problem is I don't speak the Hollywood language. I just don't." --Lindsay Anderson, in a 1987 Variety interview, quoted in his obituary in the September 1, 1994 issue of that industry trade.

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