Tony Richardson was one of the key figures in the revolution which hit British cinema in the 1950s and 1960s. Having established his radical credentials as director of the landmark first production of John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger, he became the most productive of the New Wave film makers bringing a new realism to British cinema. He went on to make some of the most significant British films of the 1960s including the multi Oscar-winning Tom Jones and the incendiary The Charge of the Light Brigade. Yet Richardson remains a neglected figure, often overshadowed by his friend and New Wave colleague Lindsay Anderson. This detailed and authoritative account of Richardson's career provides a fresh reassessment of his achievements. As well as looking at his more renowned films, it considers neglected and frequently misunderstood work such as Ned Kelly and Joseph Andrews, illustrating how Richardson always remained a champion of the outcast and the socially marginalised.
The book examines his collaborations with gifted technicians and writers, as well as his role as producer which included the creation of Woodfall, one of the most innovative production companies of the period. In mapping out his career, from the English Stage Company to his final films in America, Shail re-establishes Richardson's position in the front rank of British directors, celebrating his innovative approach to technique, and confirming his contribution to the changes which took place in British culture during the 1950s and 60s.
About the Author
Robert Shail is Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Wales, Trinity St David.
Table of Contents
List of Plates viii
Series Editors' Foreword ix
1 Introduction 1
2 The New Wave films (1956-64) 14
3 The Swinging Sixties (1961-68) 49
4 The later British films (1969-77) 97
5 The American years (1978-91) 126
6 Conclusion 141
References and Further Reading 153