A Gilliat Season

Geoffrey Macnab posts a touching personal tribute to British writer-producer-director Sidney Gilliat, “one of the unsung heroes of British cinema, an extraordinarily versatile figure who wrote and directed rip-roaring thrillers, satirical comedies, and home-front social dramas,” in the Guardian, marking a BFI Southbank festival. With his partner Frank Launder, Gilliat wrote, directed, and/or produced dozens of films, including coscripting Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 thriller The Lady Vanishes (Macnab notes that Gilliat “was personally responsible for creating that film’s bumbling, cricket-loving Englishmen abroad, Caldicott and Charters”). For Green for Danger, Gilliat directed and Launder produced.

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