Tony Richardson is remembered for his film ‘Tom Jones’ (1963) for which he won the ‘Academy Award for Best Director.’
He made his directorial debut with Jean Giraudoux’s play ‘The Apollo of Bellac’ in 1955. He was actively involved in Briton’s Free Cinema movement and co-directed the short documentary film ‘Momma Don’t Allow’ (1955).
He co-founded Woodfall Film Productions and directed the film ‘Look Back in Anger’ (1959). Richardson further directed the film ‘The Loved One’ (1965) and went on to make films in several genres, including ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ (1968), the Aussie-Western movie ‘Ned Kelly’ (1970) and the Psycho-drama ‘A Delicate Balance’ (1973).
He wrote as well as directed the comedy film ‘The Hotel New Hampshire’ (1984), which failed at the box office. His last movie, ‘Blue Sky,’ (1994) was released three years after his death; Jessica Lange won the ‘Oscar for Best Actress’ for this film.
This 1964 British film revolves around a naïve, young girl named Kate who moves to Dublin, where she meets Eugene Gaillard, a middle-aged author. Things take a turn when she starts developing an attraction for him, despite their age and martial status.
Based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name, the film is made with minimalist set. Directed by Tony Richardson, it follows the story of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, whose life has been thrown into frenzy once he learns from his dead father, represented by a shining light, that he has been poisoned by his uncle, the current king now married to his mother.
An uneasy yet peaceful relationship is preserved by the well-to-do couple Agnes and Tobias as they share house with Agnes’s alcoholic sister Claire. Then their 36-year-old daughter Julia returns home after her 4th divorce, and their friends Harry and Edna turn up unexpectedly with an intention to stay on. The presence of new arrivals prompts each one to discover their inner selves.
Momma Don’t Allow is a British short documentary film which revolves around a show performed by a music band at a well known trad jazz club in London.
Joseph Andrews is a British period comedy film, which tells the story of an innocent 18th century villager Joseph, and his romantic misadventures.
It is based on a true-life story. An impoverished Ned Kelly, who is unjustly convicted by the police, turns an outlaw with his brothers and friends. After his mother is imprisoned with false accusations of involvement in a killing, he commits several murders and bank robberies, becoming the most famed Australian bushranger. Finally, he is captured after a gun battle at Glenrowan.
Tony Richardson Awards
|Tom Jones||Best Picture||1964|
|Tom Jones||Best Director||1964|
|A Taste of Honey||Best British Film||1962|
|A Taste of Honey||Best British Screenplay||1962|