Forbes, Bryan

Forbes, Bryan
   b. 1926, London
   Actor and film-maker
   Bryan Forbes started as a supporting actor in dramas such as An Inspector Calls and The Colditz Story (1954). His career soon evolved to include screenwriting, directing and producing; in the early 1960s, amongst other projects he wrote the screenplay for The Angry Silence, and debuted as a director with Whistle Down the Wind. As screenwriter/ director he maintained a commitment to lowkey and bleak dramas with The L-Shaped Room and Seance on a Wet Afternoon. In the late 1960s, he became head of British production at EMI, but this opportunity did not have a particularly successful outcome. The fantastical The Stepford Wives (US, 1974) deviated from his favoured themes, and demonstrated the wider scope of his interests.
   ALICE E. SANGER

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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