Toasting Ronald Neame

Apr 21, 2011

British filmmaker Ronald Neame, the director of such Criterion titles as The Horse’s Mouth, Tunes of Glory, and Hopscotch (not to mention The Poseidon Adventure), and the producer behind David Lean’s definitive Dickens adaptations Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, died last year at age ninety-nine. But on Saturday, April 23, he will be getting a one hundredth birthday celebration after all. The British Academy of Film and Television Los Angeles will honor the director-producer-screenwriter-cinematographer with a special centenary tribute at the DGA screening room, which will include a showing of a new documentary about Neame, narrated by Stephen Fry. A friend of the Criterion Collection, Neame was remembered by producer Karen Stetler in a personal Current post from last July (it also features a clip of Neame talking about The Horse’s Mouth).