Lindsay Anderson

Cinema authorship

By John Izod, Karl Magee, Kathryn Hannan and Isabelle Gourdin-Sangouard

Lindsay Anderson

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8338-9
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: August 2012
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, Electronic, holographic & video art, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, ART / Film & Video, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, The arts / Film, TV & radio
  • Series: British Film-Makers


In a long and varied career, Lindsay Anderson made training films, documentaries, searing family dramas and blistering satires, including This Sporting Life, O Lucky Man! and Britannia Hospital.

Students of British cinema and television from the 1950s to 1990s will find this book a valuable source of information about a director whose work came to public attention with Free Cinema but who, unlike many of his peers in that movement did not take the Hollywood route to success. What emerges is a strong feeling for the character of the man as well as for a remarkable career in British cinema.

The book will appeal to admirers, researchers and students alike. Making use of hitherto unseen original materials from Anderson's extensive personal and professional records, it is most valuable as a study of how the films came about: the production problems involved, the collaborative input of others, as well as the completed films' promotion and reception.

It also offers a finely argued take on the whole issue of film authorship, and achieves the rare feat of being academically authoritative whilst also being completely accessible. It prompts renewed respect for the man and the artist and a desire to watch the films all over again.


List of illustrations
1 Lindsay Anderson's ideas about authorship in the cinema
2 On the Diaries: Lindsay Anderson's Private Writing
3 The early films
4 This Sporting Life
5 The White Bus and Raz Dwa Trzy or The Singing Lesson
6 If..
7 O Lucky Man!
8 In Celebration
9 The Old Crowd
10 Britannia Hospital
11 The Whales of August
12 Glory! Glory
13 Is That All There Is?
14 Lindsay Anderson in the archive

Lindsay Anderson

By John Izod, Karl Magee, Kathryn Hannan, Isabelle Gourdin-Sangouard

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