Ronald Neame

Director, Director of photography, Screenwriter
Although he may not be as widely remembered as some of his contemporaries, cinematographer-turned-director Ronald Neame made important contributions to British cinema in a career that spanned seven decades. Even when he ... Read more »
Born: 04/22/1911 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (21)

The Magic Balloon 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Foreign Body 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

First Monday in October 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Hopscotch 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Meteor 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Odessa File 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Poseidon Adventure 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Scrooge 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Gambit 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

A Man Could Get Killed 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Mister Moses 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Chalk Garden 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

I Could Go on Singing 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Escape From Zahrain 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Tunes of Glory 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Horse's Mouth 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Windom's Way 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Who Never Was 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man With a Million 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The Promoter 1952 (Movie)

(Director)
Camera, Film, & Tape (6)

Blithe Spirit 1945 (Movie)

(Photography)

Happy (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

In Which We Serve (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

It's in the Air (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Major Barbara (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Actor (4)

Shelley Winters: Full Disclosure 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Unscripted Hollywood 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

The Magic Balloon 1989 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Magic Balloon 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blithe Spirit 1945 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))
Producer (3)

Escape From Zahrain 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Promoter 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

Oliver Twist 1947 (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (1)

Brief Encounter 1945 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

Biography

Although he may not be as widely remembered as some of his contemporaries, cinematographer-turned-director Ronald Neame made important contributions to British cinema in a career that spanned seven decades. Even when he formally retired from making movies, he continued to impart his knowledge teaching classes at UCLA and recording commentary for DVD releases of his earlier work.

Relationships

Ivy Close

Mother
born in 1893 died in 1968 appeared in several British-produced films in the 1910s and 1920s

Donna Friedberg

Wife
Married 1993 until his death 2010

Beryl Heanly

Wife
married on October 15, 1933

Elwin Neame

Father
died in an automobile accident in 1923

Christopher Neame

Son
born in 1942

Derek Neame

Brother
born in 1915 died in 1979

EDUCATION

educated at private schools in London

Milestones

1990

Co-wrote and directed the promotional featurette "The Magic Balloon"

1986

Final feature-length film, the comedy "Foreign Body"

1981

Reunited with Matthau for the comedy-drama "First Monday in October", about the first female Supreme Court justice

1980

Guided the Walter Matthau-Glenda Jackson comedy "Hopscotch"

1979

Returned to disaster-themed popcorn flicks with the so-so "Meteor"

1974

Directed the film adaptation of the Frederic Forsythe spy novel "The Odessa File"

1972

Enjoyed commercial success with the all-star, disaster-themed movie "The Poseidon Adventure"

1969

Directed the musical feature "Scrooge", adapted from the Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol"

1968

Helmed the film version of the hit play "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"; star Maggie Smith earned her first Oscar

1968

Did uncredited direction on "Prudence and the Pill"; replaced Fielder Cook

1966

Helmed the delightful caper flick "Gambit", starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine

1966

Was responsible for the studio scenes (shot in Rome) for the film "A Man Could Get Killed"

1964

Directed the film version of the stage play "The Chalk Garden", featuring Edith Evans in an Oscar-nominated performance

1963

Helmed the Judy Garland vehicle "I Could Go On Singing"

1960

Directed what is arguably his best film, "Tunes of Glory", focusing on the clash between two Scottish military men (played by Guinness and John Mills)

1958

Reunited with Guinness (who scripted as well as starred) for "The Horse's Mouth", based on Joyce Cary's novel about an extravagantly talented, sometimes monstrously behaved artist

1956

Helmed the engaging spy thriller "The Man Who Never Was"

1952

Directed the comedy "The Card/The Promoter", starring Alec Guinness as a resourceful young man out to climb the ladders of society

1948

Was a producer on Lean's film version of "Oliver Twist"

1947

Feature directorial debut, "Take My Life"

1946

Co-wrote script and did uncredited photography on "Great Expectations", directed by Lean

1944

With Lean, co-wrote the film adaptation of Noel Coward's play "Blithe Spirit"; also served as cinematographer

1941

Shot the Powell-Pressburger film "...One of Our Aircraft Is Missing"

1941

Began association with David Lean as cinematographer on "In Which We Serve"

1940

Served as director of photography on "Major Barbara". directed by Gabriel Pascal

1935

Debut as director of photography, "Drake of England/Drake the Pirate"; originally hired as camera operator then assumsed cinematography duties when Claude Friese-Greene left the production

1929

Feature debut, worked as assistant cameraman on "Blackmail", directed by Alfred Hitchcock

1928

Began career as an assistant cameraman at Elstree Studios

1927

Joined British International Pictures as a messenger and general assistant

1923

After father's death, dropped out of school

Shot several productions including "Once in a Million/Weekend Millionaire", "Brief Ecstasy/Dangerous Secrets", "Penny Paradise" and "Trouble Brewing"

Left the film industry briefly to set up business as a photographer

Found employment as an office boy in an oil company

Bonus Trivia

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For several years, Neame has taught a course on filmmaking at UCLA.

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In 1971, he began pre-production on a biopic "Isabella of Spain", but the project was cancelled before lensing.

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