The Info List - Ronald Neame

Ronald Elwin Neame[1] CBE BSC (23 April 1911 – 16 June 2010)[2] was an English film cinematographer, producer, screenwriter and director. As cinematographer for the British war film One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1943), he received an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Special
Effects. During a partnership with director David Lean, he produced Brief Encounter
Brief Encounter
(1945), Great Expectations (1946), and Oliver Twist (1948), receiving two Academy Award
Academy Award
nominations for writing. Neame then moved into directing, and some notable films included, I Could Go On Singing (1963), Judy Garland's last film, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), which won Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
her first Oscar, Scrooge (1970), starring Albert Finney, and the action-adventure disaster film The Poseidon Adventure (1972). For his contributions to the film industry, Neame was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
(CBE), and received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, the highest award the British Film Academy can give a filmmaker.


1 Early career 2 As cinematographer 3 As producer and screenwriter 4 As director 5 Personal life 6 Death 7 Selected filmography

7.1 Director 7.2 Actor

8 References 9 External links

Early career[edit] Neame's parents were the photographer Elwin Neame and the actress Ivy Close.[3] He studied at University College School
University College School
and Hurstpierpoint College. His father died in 1923,[4] and Neame took a job with the Anglo-Persian Oil Company as an office boy. Later, through his mother's contacts in the British film industry, Neame started at Elstree Studios
Elstree Studios
as a messenger boy.[5] He was fortunate enough to be hired as an assistant cameraman on Blackmail (1929), the first British talkie, directed by a young Alfred Hitchcock. Neame's own career as a cinematographer began with the musical comedy Happy (1933), and he continued to develop his skills in various "quota quickies" films for several years. As cinematographer[edit] His credits as cinematographer include Major Barbara (1941), In Which We Serve (1942), This Happy Breed (1944), and Blithe Spirit (1945). His camera work on One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
got him an Academy Award nomination for Best Special
Effects in 1943.[6] As producer and screenwriter[edit] Neame formed a production company, Cineguild, with David Lean
David Lean
and Anthony Havelock-Allan. During this partnership, he produced Brief Encounter (1945), Great Expectations (1946), and Oliver Twist (1948). He shared Academy Award
Academy Award
nominations for Best Screenplay for Brief Encounter, in 1947, and Great Expectations, in 1948, with co-writers Lean and Havelock-Allan. Neame produced The Magic Box, a screen biography directed by John Boulting about the life of British camera inventor William Friese-Greene, which was the 1951 film project for the Festival of Britain. As director[edit] Neame made his directorial debut under the Cineguild banner, with Take My Life, which was released by British producer J. Arthur Rank's General Film Distributors
General Film Distributors
in the United Kingdom in 1947 and by Rank's Eagle-Lion Films
Eagle-Lion Films
in the United States in 1949.[7] Neame began a transition to the American film industry at the suggestion of Rank, who asked him to study the Hollywood production system.[8] He worked again with Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(whom he had worked with on Great Expectations and Oliver Twist), this time as director, in three films: The Card (1952), The Horse's Mouth (1958), and Tunes of Glory
Tunes of Glory
(1960). Neame has described Tunes of Glory
Tunes of Glory
as "the film I am proudest of".[5] He received two BAFTA Award
nominations for Tunes of Glory. Neame and Guinness worked again in the 1970 musical Scrooge with Guinness playing the ghost of Jacob Marley to Albert Finney's Ebenezer Scrooge. Neame also directed I Could Go On Singing (1963); Judy Garland's last film, co-starring Dirk Bogarde, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), which won Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
her first Oscar. Neame was recruited to direct The Poseidon Adventure (1972) after the contracted director left the production. He later characterised The Poseidon Adventure as "my favourite film" because it earned him enough to retire comfortably.[5] He enjoyed a long friendship with Walter Matthau, whom he directed in two later films, Hopscotch (1980) and First Monday in October (1981). Neame's final feature-length film, Foreign Body, a comedy starring Victor Banerjee, was filmed in England and released in 1986. Personal life[edit] In 1996, Neame was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for his contributions to the film industry. He had homes in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara, California. In 2003, Neame published an autobiography, Straight from the Horse's Mouth. (ISBN 978-0810844902) Neame married Beryl Heanly in 1933. They legally separated in 1971 and divorced in 1992. The couple had one son, Christopher, a writer/producer who died one year after his father's death. Ronald's only grandson, Gareth Neame, is a successful television producer, who represents the fourth generation of Neames in the film industry. Ronnie Neame's second marriage took place in Santa Barbara on 12 September 1993. His wife, Donna Bernice Friedberg, is also in the business – a film researcher and television producer, who worked on his 1979 movie Meteor. He referred to their meeting as a "coup de foudre". Death[edit] Neame died on 16 June 2010 after suffering complications from a broken leg.[2] The break required two surgical procedures from which Neame never recovered.[9] In an interview in 2006, he jokingly stated, "When people ask me about the secret to my longevity, I say the honest answer is two large vodkas at lunchtime and three large scotches in the evening. All my doctors have said to me, 'Ronnie, if you would drink less, you'd live a lot longer.' But, they're all dead, and I'm still here at 95."[10] Neame is survived by his wife, Donna Neame, and his three grandchildren, Gareth, Shuna and Emma. Selected filmography[edit] Director[edit]

Give Her a Ring (1934) Invitation to the Waltz (1935) Music Hath Charms (1935) Drake of England (1935) A Star Fell from Heaven (1936) The Improper Duchess (1936) The Crimes of Stephen Hawke (1936) Cafe Colette (1937) Feather Your Nest
Feather Your Nest
(1937) Keep Fit
Keep Fit
(1937) It's in the Air
It's in the Air
(1938) I See Ice (1938) Who Goes Next?
Who Goes Next?
(1938) The Gaunt Stranger (1938) Penny Paradise (1938) The Ware Case (1938) Second Thoughts (1938) Young Man's Fancy (1939) Let's Be Famous (1939) Come on George! (1939) Trouble Brewing (1939) The Four Just Men (1939) cinematographer Cheer Boys Cheer (1939) cinematographer Return to Yesterday
Return to Yesterday
(1940) cinematographer One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
(1942) cinematographer Blithe Spirit (1945) writer & cinematographer Brief Encounter
Brief Encounter
(1945) producer Great Expectations (1946) writer & producer Take My Life
Take My Life
(1947) Oliver Twist (1948) producer The Passionate Friends
The Passionate Friends
(1949) producer Golden Salamander (1950) The Magic Box (1951) The Card (1952) The Million Pound Note
The Million Pound Note
(1953) director & producer The Man Who Never Was (1956) The Seventh Sin
The Seventh Sin
(1957) Windom's Way (1957) The Horse's Mouth (1958) director & producer Tunes of Glory
Tunes of Glory
(1960) Escape from Zahrain
Escape from Zahrain
(1962) director & producer I Could Go On Singing (1963) The Chalk Garden (1964) Mister Moses
Mister Moses
(1965) Welcome, Mr Beddoes (US title: A Man Could Get Killed, 1966) Gambit (1966) Prudence and the Pill
Prudence and the Pill
(1968) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) Scrooge (1970) The Poseidon Adventure (1972) The Odessa File
(1974) Meteor (1979) Hopscotch (1980) First Monday in October (1981) Foreign Body (1986) The Magic Balloon (1990)


Meteor (1979) - British Representative


^ BFI biodata ^ a b Director Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
dies aged 99 ^ Wheeler Winston Dixon, Rutgers University Press, Jul 11, 2007, Film Talk: Directors at Work, Retrieved November 10, 2014 (see page 4), ISBN 978-0-8135-4077-1 ^ Neame, Ronald (1911–), BFI Screenonline ^ a b c Matthew Sweet (19 October 2003). " Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
(2003 interview at the National Film Theatre)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 14 March 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2008.  ^ "The 15th Academy Awards (1943) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-22.  ^ " Take My Life
Take My Life
(1947) Company Credits". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 25 January 2014.  ^ Ronald Neame, Filmmaker, Dies at 99 ^ Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
Obituary Archived 22 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine. ^ The Washington Post

Autobiography: Straight from the Horse's Mouth, by Ronald Neame. ISBN 0-8108-4490-7. External links[edit]

Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
on IMDb Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
at the British Film Institute's Screenonline Ronald Neame: Director, writer, producer and cinematographer celebrated for bringing the best out of his actors, Tom Vallance, The Independent, 22 June 2010

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Films directed by Ronald Neame

Take My Life
Take My Life
(1947) Golden Salamander (1950) The Card (1952) The Million Pound Note
The Million Pound Note
(1954) The Man Who Never Was (1956) The Seventh Sin
The Seventh Sin
(1957) Windom's Way (1957) The Horse's Mouth (1958) Tunes of Glory
Tunes of Glory
(1960) Escape from Zahrain
Escape from Zahrain
(1962) I Could Go On Singing (1963) The Chalk Garden (1964) Mister Moses
Mister Moses
(1965) A Man Could Get Killed
A Man Could Get Killed
(1966) Gambit (1966) Prudence and the Pill
Prudence and the Pill
(1968) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) Scrooge (1970) The Poseidon Adventure (1972) The Odessa File
(1974) Meteor (1979) Hopscotch (1980) First Monday in October (1981) Foreign Body (1986)

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BAFTA Fellowship recipients


Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1971) Freddie Young (1972) Grace Wyndham Goldie (1973) David Lean
David Lean
(1974) Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
(1975) Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1976) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1976) Denis Forman (1977) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1978) Lew Grade
Lew Grade
(1979) Huw Wheldon
Huw Wheldon
(1979) David Attenborough
David Attenborough
(1980) John Huston
John Huston
(1980) Abel Gance
Abel Gance
(1981) Michael Powell
Michael Powell
& Emeric Pressburger
Emeric Pressburger
(1981) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1982) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1983) Hugh Greene (1984) Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel
(1984) Jeremy Isaacs (1985) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1986) Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1987) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1988) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1989) Paul Fox (1990) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1991) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1992) David Plowright (1992) Sydney Samuelson (1993) Colin Young (1993) Michael Grade
Michael Grade
(1994) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1995) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1996) Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
(1996) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1996) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1996) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1997) Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
(1997) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(1997) Oswald Morris (1997) Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter
(1997) David Rose (1997) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1998) Bill Cotton
Bill Cotton
(1998) Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe
& Ernie Wise
Ernie Wise
(1999) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1999) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(2000) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(2000) Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette


Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2001) John Thaw
John Thaw
(2001) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2001) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2002) Merchant Ivory Productions (2002) Andrew Davies (2002) John Mills
John Mills
(2002) Saul Zaentz
Saul Zaentz
(2003) David Jason (2003) John Boorman
John Boorman
(2004) Roger Graef (2004) John Barry (2005) David Frost
David Frost
(2005) David Puttnam
David Puttnam
(2006) Ken Loach
Ken Loach
(2006) Anne V. Coates (2007) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2007) Will Wright (2007) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(2008) Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
(2008) Dawn French
Dawn French
& Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders
(2009) Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(2009) Nolan Bushnell
Nolan Bushnell
(2009) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2010) Shigeru Miyamoto
Shigeru Miyamoto
(2010) Melvyn Bragg
Melvyn Bragg
(2010) Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
(2011) Peter Molyneux
Peter Molyneux
(2011) Trevor McDonald (2011) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2012) Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris
(2012) Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(2013) Gabe Newell
Gabe Newell
(2013) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(2013) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2014) Rockstar Games
Rockstar Games
(2014) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(2014) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2015) David Braben (2015) Jon Snow (2015) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(2016) John Carmack
John Carmack
(2016) Ray Galton & Alan Simpson (2016) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(2017) Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley
(2017) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott

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Britannia Awards

Excellence in Film

Albert R. Broccoli
Albert R. Broccoli
(1989) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1990) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1992) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1993) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1995) Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
(1996) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1997) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1998) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(1999) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2000) George Lucas
George Lucas
(2002) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(2003) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2004) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(2005) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2006) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2009) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2010) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2013) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(2014) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2015) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(2016) Matt Damon
Matt Damon

Excellence in Directing

Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(2003) Jim Sheridan (2004) Mike Newell (2005) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(2006) Martin Campbell
Martin Campbell
(2007) Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears
(2008) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) David Yates
David Yates
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2013) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2014) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(2015) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2016) Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay

Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment

Howard Stringer
Howard Stringer
(2003) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(2009) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
& Tony Scott
Tony Scott
(2010) John Lasseter
John Lasseter
(2011) Will Wright (2012) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(2013) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2014) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2015) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(2016) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh

British Artist of the Year

Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2006) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2007) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(2008) Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt
(2009) Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen
(2010) Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
(2011) Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
(2012) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2013) Emma Watson
Emma Watson
(2014) James Corden
James Corden
(2015) Felicity Jones
Felicity Jones
(2016) Claire Foy (2017)

Excellence in Comedy

Betty White
Betty White
(2010) Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
(2011) Trey Parker
Trey Parker
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2012) Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
(2013) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(2014) Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer
(2015) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2016) Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari

Excellence in Television

Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
(1999) HBO
Original Programming (2002) Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke

Humanitarian Award

Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2007) Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
(2008) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2009) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2013) Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
(2014) Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
(2015) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor

Retired Awards

(1999) Tarsem Singh
Tarsem Singh
(1999) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(2003) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2004) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(2005) Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
(2005) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(2006) Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne (2007)

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