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.

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