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Sidney Gilliat
British film director, producer and screenwriter

Sidney Gilliat

Sidney Gilliat
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Intro British film director, producer and screenwriter
Was Film director Screenwriter Film producer
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 15 February 1908, Edgeley
Death 31 May 1994, Wiltshire (aged 86 years)
Star sign Aquarius
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Sidney Gilliat (15 February 1908 – 31 May 1994) was a British film director, producer and writer.
He was the son of George Gilliat, Editor of the Evening Standard, born in the district of Edgeley in Stockport, Cheshire. In the 1930s he worked as a scriptwriter, most notably with Frank Launder on The Lady Vanishes (1938) for Alfred Hitchcock, and its sequel Night Train to Munich (1940), directed by Carol Reed. He and Launder made their directorial debut co-directing the home front drama Millions Like Us (1943). From 1945 he also worked as a producer, starting with The Rake's Progress, which he also wrote and directed. He and Launder made over 40 films together, founding their own production company Individual Pictures. While Launder concentrated on directing their comedies, most famously the four St Trinian's School films, Gilliat showed a preference for comedy-thrillers and dramas, including Green for Danger (1946), London Belongs to Me (1948) and State Secret (1950).
He wrote the libretto for Malcolm Williamson's opera Our Man in Havana, based on the novel by Graham Greene. He had also worked on the film.
He married Beryl Brewer in the early 1930s. He had two children: Joanna Gilliat and the late Caroline Gilliat and three grandchildren Amanda Eliasch née Brown, Toby Brown and the late Camilla Horn née Russell. He died in Wiltshire, England on 31 May 1994 aged 86.

Selected films

  • Would You Believe It! (1929) (actor)
  • Red Pearls (1930) (writer)
  • You'd Be Surprised! (1930) (writer)
  • The Ringer (1931) (writer)
  • The Happy Ending (1931) (writer)
  • Third Time Lucky (1931) (writer)
  • A Gentleman of Paris (1931) (writer)
  • Rome Express (1932) (writer)
  • Facing the Music (1933) (writer)
  • My Heart is Calling (1935) writer
  • The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936) (writer)
  • Twelve Good Men (1936)
  • Seven Sinners (1936) (writer)
  • Take My Tip (1937) (writer)
  • A Yank at Oxford (1938) (writer)
  • The Lady Vanishes (1938) (writer)
  • Strange Boarders (1938) (writer)
  • The Gaunt Stranger (1938) (writer)
  • Ask a Policeman (1938) (story)
  • Jamaica Inn (1939) (writer)
  • Night Train to Munich (1940) (writer)
  • They Came by Night (1940) (writer)
  • Mr. Proudfoot Shows a Light (1941) (writer)
  • The Young Mr Pitt (1942) (writer)
  • Millions Like Us (1943) (director)
  • Waterloo Road (1944) (director/co-writer)
  • Two Thousand Women (1944) (co-writer)
  • The Rake's Progress (1945) (director/producer)
  • I See a Dark Stranger (1946) (producer)
  • Green for Danger (1946) (director/producer)
  • London Belongs to Me (1948) (director/co-writer)
  • State Secret (1950) (director)
  • The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) (director/producer/writer)
  • The Belles of St Trinian's (1954) (producer)
  • The Constant Husband (1955) (director/producer/co-writer)
  • Geordie (1955) (producer)
  • Fortune Is a Woman (1956) (director)
  • The Green Man (1956) (producer)
  • Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957) (producer)
  • Left, Right and Centre (1959) (director)
  • The Bridal Path (1959) (producer)
  • The Pure Hell of St Trinian's (1960) (producer)
  • Only Two Can Play (1962) (director/producer)
  • The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery (1966) (co-director/producer)
  • Endless Night (1972) (director/producer)

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