Sunday, 23 July 2017
743 British Cinema : A Personal View
First viewed : 19 March 1986
As part of British Film Year ( which was actually 1985 ) ITV commissioned three notable British directors to make an hour's documentary film giving their thoughts on the industry.
I only saw the middle one. Sandwiched between Alan Parker and Richard Attenborough was Lindsay Anderson , director of This Sporting Life and If.
Anderson was incensed by a comment from David Puttnam that the British film industry was now essentially an adjunct to Hollywood and judged that the best counter-argument would be an account of his own career as a pioneer of the Free Cinema movement in the fifties and beyond. As an example of making yourself the hero of your story it would be hard to beat . Nevertheless it was an interesting tale and Anderson was a good raconteur. He concluded by offering his 1982 political satire Britannia Hospital as the apogee of his art, not an assessment many would agree with.