Ronald Neame

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Birth Place: London, England, UK
Birth Date: April 23, 1911
Occupation: Cinematographer, Director, Producer

Ronald Neame Biography

A British filmmaker who, over the years, worked as assistant director, cinematographer, producer, writer and ultimately director, Ronald Neame was born on April 23, 1911. His father, Elwin Neame, was a film director and his mother, Ivy Close, was a film star. During the 1920s, he started working at famous Elstree Studios. One of his first jobs was assistant cameraman for Alfred Hitchcock on Blackmail (1929), the first talking picture made in England.Neame became a cinematographer during the 1930s. In 1942, he and sound designer C.C. Stevens received a special effect Oscar nomination for One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942), a film by the Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger team. In 1944, after working together on In Which We Serve (1942), Neame, David Lean and producer Anthony Havelock-Allan formed a production company, Cineguild. The screenplays for its films Brief Encounter (1945) and Great Expectations (1946) received best writing Oscar nominations.After a fall-out with Lean and the demise of Cineguild in 1947, Neame turned to directing with Take My Life (1947). As a director, he would be quite versatile, touching genres like comedy (The Promoter (1952), Hopscotch (1980)), psychological studies (The Chalk Garden (1964)), musical (Scrooge (1970)), thriller (The Odessa File (1974)) and even disaster movies (The Poseidon Adventure (1972), the one that started the trend, produced by Irwin Allen). Under Neame's guidance, Alec Guinness won the best actor trophee at the 1958 Venice festival for The Horse's Mouth (1958), a comedy based on a book adapted by Guinness himself. Two years later, John Mills received the same award for Tunes of Glory (1960), also directed by Neame. In 1969, Maggie Smith got her first Oscar for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) under Neame's direction, and in 1970, Albert Finney got his first Golden Globe for his role in Neame's "Scrooge".In 1996, Neane was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition for his contributions to the film industry. In 2003, he published his autobiography, "Straight from the Horse's Mouth". Keeping up the family tradition, his son Christopher Neame is a movie producer and his grandson, Gareth Neame, works for the BBC. Ronald Neame died at age 99 of complications from a fall on June 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Ronald Neame Movies / TV-Shows

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011)
Biography (1987)
Foreign Body (1986)
American Masters (1985)
Hopscotch (1980)
The South Bank Show (1978)
Arena (1975)
The Odessa File (1974)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Scrooge (1970)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Prudence and the Pill (1968)
Gambit (1966)
The Chalk Garden (1964)
I Could Go on Singing (1963)
Escape from Zahrain (1962)
Tunes of Glory (1960)
The Horse's Mouth (1958)
The Man Who Never Was (1956)
Man with a Million (1954)
The Promoter (1952)
The Magic Box (1951)
Golden Salamander (1950)
The Passionate Friends (1949)
Great Expectations (1946)
Blithe Spirit (1945)
Brief Encounter (1945)

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