Saturday, 13 October 2012


Forgotten director Bryan Forbes was a big name in British cinema back in the 1960s. His films were acclaimed, topical, well-known, easily available, and award winning. Forbes was a hugely respected director with high regard in the industry. The only problem is that his films weren't great. Far better stuff got made in Britain during that decade by better directors which made a bigger impact. Joseph Losey/Ken Russell/Tony Richardson/John Schlesinger/Karel Reisz/Richard Lester/Ken Loach all made Forbes' films look mediocre. Lenny Abrahamson is a similar director to Forbes. Except Irish cinema doesn't have a world-class director to make his films look average. That's why What Richard did is getting four and five stars from Irish critics when it should only be getting 3½.

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