Desmond Davis (born 24 May 1926 in London, England) is a British film
and television director.
1 Early career
4 External links
After serving a long apprenticeship as a clapper boy in the 1940s,
with Britain's Army Film Unit, Davis eventually worked his way up to
focus puller and camera operator in low-budget British films of the
1950s. By the 1960s, Davis worked as a camera operator on such
internationally acclaimed films as A Taste of Honey, The Loneliness of
the Long Distance Runner, Freud (directed by John Huston) and Tom
Jones, which won the
Academy Award for Best Picture.
Davis not made his directorial debut in 1964 with Girl with Green Eyes
winning the US
National Board of Review
National Board of Review award for Best Director.
His best known film is the 1981 version of Clash of the Titans.
Davis reunited with the two female stars of Girl with Green Eyes, Rita
Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave, in
Smashing Time (1967), a comedy set in
1960s swinging London.
At the 1966 San Sebastian International Film Festival, he won the
Golden Seashell award for I Was Happy Here, which starred Sarah Miles.
In the 1970s Davis took a long hiatus from feature films, and turned
his focus on television for work, including episodes of
The New Avengers, as well as an adaptation of William Shakespeare's
Measure for Measure in the
BBC Television Shakespeare
BBC Television Shakespeare series.
After directing Clash of the Titans, he directed the 1985 feature film
adaptation of Agatha Christie's
Ordeal by Innocence starring Donald
Sutherland and Faye Dunaway. Davis also directed the 1983 television
adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of Four with Ian
Richardson as Sherlock Holmes.
He continued his work in television, directing a version of Camille
Greta Scacchi and
Colin Firth in 1984 and the British drama
series The Chief.
^ Monahan, Mark (11 Jan 2003). "Film-makers on film: Desmond Davis".
Desmond Davis on IMDb
Films directed by Desmond Davis
Girl with Green Eyes
Girl with Green Eyes (1964)
The Uncle (1965)
I Was Happy Here
I Was Happy Here (1966)
Smashing Time (1967)
A Nice Girl Like Me
A Nice Girl Like Me (1969)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
The Sign of Four (1983)
Ordeal by Innocence (1985)
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