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: 04/17/1923 in Bangalore, Karnataka, IN


Actor (13)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Is That All There Is? 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lucky Man 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

John Ford 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Blame It on the Bellboy 1992 (Movie)

Mr Marshall (Actor)

The Arts and Glasnost 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


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


Chariots of Fire 1981 (Movie)

Master of Caius (Actor)

O Lucky Man! 1973 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

75 Years of Cinema Museum 1971 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Inadmissible Evidence 1968 (Movie)

Barrister (Actor)

Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (TV Show)


Prisoner of Honor (TV Show)

Director (12)

Wish You Were There 2014 (Movie)


Is That All There Is? 1995 (Movie)


Glory! Glory! 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)


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


The Whales of August 1987 (Movie)


Britannia Hospital 1983 (Movie)


In Celebration 1975 (Movie)


O Lucky Man! 1973 (Movie)


If... 1968 (Movie)


This Sporting Life 1963 (Movie)


O Dreamland 1952 (Movie)


Thursday's Children 1952 (Movie)

Producer (2)

O Lucky Man! 1973 (Movie)


If... 1968 (Movie)

Writer (2)

Is That All There Is? 1995 (Movie)


Thursday's Children 1952 (Movie)

Other (2)

Nighthawks 1977 (Movie)

collaboration (Other)

The Shop on Main Street 1965 (Movie)

English subtitiles (Other)


"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.


Alexander Anderson

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

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

Murray Anderson

survived him

Sandy Anderson

survived him


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



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


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


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


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


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


Directed last feature film, "The Whales of August"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Moved to England from India at age two

Served as associate artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre

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

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

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

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

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, London; then as associate artistic director (1971-75)

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

Bonus Trivia


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