Paul Almond

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Paul Almond began his career in 1954 when he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) as the youngest producer-director in its history. He subsequently has produced and directed over one hundred TV dramas ... Read more »
Born: 04/26/1931 in Montreal, Quebec, CA

Filmography

Director (9)

56 Up 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dance Goes On... 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Captive Hearts 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Ups & Downs 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Final Assignment 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Journey 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Act of the Heart 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Isabel 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

7 Up 1962 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

The Dance Goes On... 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ups & Downs 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Journey 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Act of the Heart 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Isabel 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (5)

The Dance Goes On... 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ups & Downs 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Journey 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Act of the Heart 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Isabel 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Paul Almond began his career in 1954 when he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) as the youngest producer-director in its history. He subsequently has produced and directed over one hundred TV dramas, employing a directorial style, that uses improvisational techniques, an outgrowth of his visits to the Actors Studio. Among the major actors who have appeared in Almond-directed productions include Rosemary Harris, Kate Reid, Hugh Griffiths, Gwen Ffrancon-Davies and numerous others.

Relationships

Christopher

Step-Son
mother, Joan Almond

Tim

Step-Son
mother, Joan Almond

Tracy

Step-Son
mother, Joan Almond

Trey

Step-Son
mother, Joan Almond

Eric Almond

Father
fought in WWI wounded and gassed, shell-shocked spent many years at Ste Anne de Bellevue Military Hospital

Rene Almond

Mother
married Almond's father in 1929 died of a stroke

Matthew Almond

Son
born in 1967 mother, Genevieve Bujold

Joan Almond

Wife
married on September 11, 1976

James Almond

Grandfather

Jennifer Black

Companion
together 1972-73 traveled throughout Middle East with Almond

Genevieve Bujold

Wife
married in 1967 divorced in 1973 mother of Matthew Almond

Angela Leigh

Wife
leading dancer with the National Ballet of Canada married c. 1956 divorced c. 1965

EDUCATION

McGill University

Montreal , Quebec

Balliol College, Oxford University

1949 - 1952
directed college play in second term; edited university magazine THE ISIS; won Oxford University Experimental Theatre Club acting contest; served as president of Oxford University Poetry Society

Balliol College, Oxford University

1949 - 1952
directed college play in second term; edited university magazine THE ISIS; won Oxford University Experimental Theatre Club acting contest; served as president of Oxford University Poetry Society

McGill University

Montreal , Quebec

Milestones

1991

Last feature (to date) "And the Dance Goes On"

1987

Directed "Captive Hearts"

1980

Returned to filmmaking with "Final Assisgnment"

1972

Last feature for eight years, "Journey"

1968

Founded Quest Films

1967

Helmed "Isabel", starring Genevieve Bujold

1963

Joined Granada Television in UK; conceived with Tim Hewlett the film documentary "7 Up"; Almond's assistant Michael Apted went on to direct the subsequent installments ("14 Up", "21 Up", etc.)

1954

Joined Canadian Broadcasting Company; youngest producer-director in the corporation

1953

Apprenticed for six months to British avant-garde writer Ronald Duncan to learn playwriting

1953

Returned to Canada and wrote first novel; gave poetry readings to support himself

1951

Toured France in a production of "The Duchess of Malfi" directed by Tony Richardson

1941

Wrote and directed first play, performed at MOntreal Repertory Theatre; was 11 years old

Turned attention from filmmaking to writing novels

Bonus Trivia

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Received three Ohio State Awards for "The Hill" (1958), "Under Milk Wood" (1959) and "Point of Darkness" (1961).

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Received special Diploma of Merit at the Prague International TV Festival for "7 UP" in 1965.

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Received 1981 Coq d'Or for Best TV Commercial in Quebec for ad for Bell Canada.

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