Anderson, Lindsay, 1923-1994

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Lindsay Anderson (1923-94) film-maker, theatre director, critic and actor was born in Bangalore, India on 17 April 1923. The son of a British army officer, he attended Cheltenham College and Oxford University. While at Oxford he founded the film magazine Sequence in 1947 with Tony Richardson, Gavin Lambert and Karel Reisz. The magazine which ran until 1952 took a critical approach to the British cinema of the time and championed what it saw as the more vibrant, imaginative and artistic films coming from the US and Europe. Lindsay Anderson became a documentary film-maker in the 1950s, winning an Oscar for Thursday's Children, a documentary about a school for deaf children, in 1954. He was one of the founders of the 'Free Cinema' movement of the mid 1950s which challenged the established cosy images of British life with a series of dramas and documentaries portraying subjects hitherto rarely seen on screen.

In 1962 Anderson directed his first feature film, This Sporting Life, starring Richard Harris. In 1968 Anderson made If..., one of the most important British films of the 1960s which won the Palm D'or at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival. If... was the beginning of a trilogy of films made by Anderson that provided a controversial comment on the state of the nation. It was followed by O Lucky Man! (1972) and Britannia Hospital (1982). Lindsay Anderson also had a long and distinguished career in the theatre. He directed many productions for the Royal Court Theatre, where he directed his first play in 1957. He also wrote a number of works on the cinema including Making a Film - the Story of Secret People (1952) and About John Ford (1981). His final work was the autobiographical television documentary Is that all there is? (1992).

From the guide to the Lindsay Anderson Collection, 1910-1994, (Stirling University Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Lindsay Anderson Collection, 1910-1994 Stirling University Library
referencedIn Owen Hale Collection, 1953-1992 V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
creatorOf Fugard, Athol. Papers, 1918-1997. Indiana University
referencedIn Ben Shaktman Papers, 1949-2009 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Sir Alec Guinness Archive, 1914-2003 British Library: Western Manuscripts
creatorOf Lindsay Anderson Collection, 1910-1994 Stirling University Library
referencedIn Robin Dalton Correspondence, 1960-2006, undated (bulk 1968-1979) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Bradley mss., 1902-1997 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) Archive, 1963 - [ongoing] University of Brighton Design Archives
referencedIn English Stage Company/Royal Court Theatre Archive, 1934-2007 V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
creatorOf Correspondence of Irving Wardle with correspondents with surnames A-K, letters to him unless otherwise stated:Lindsay Gordon Anderson, including a letter from Wardle, 1973-1986, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, 1977-1979 Edward Bond, 1976 Peter Stephen Paul Br..., 1966-2006 British Library
creatorOf MARGARET GARDINER PAPERS. Vol. II (ff. 204). Correspondence and papers; 1966. 1. ff. 1-106. Labour voters' protest on Vietnam; April 1966. 2. ff. 107-204. Protest meeting at Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre; July 1966.includes:ff. 2, 198 Sir Alfred Jules ..., 1966 British Library
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associatedWith Anderson Lindsay Gordon 1923-1994 person
associatedWith British Broadcasting Corporation corporateBody
associatedWith British Film Institute corporateBody
associatedWith Dalton, Robin, 1920- person
correspondedWith David Shedd Bradley person
associatedWith Fugard, Athol. person
correspondedWith Guinness, Sir, Alec, 1914-2000 person
associatedWith Hale, Owen person
associatedWith International Council of Graphic Design Associations corporateBody
associatedWith Royal Court Theatre corporateBody
associatedWith Shaktman, Ben, 1937- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Film making
Film scripts
Theatre directors


Birth 1923-04-17

Death 1994-08-30





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