Without Sir Michael Balcon
we may not have this country's rich cinematic history.
Birmingham born Sir Michael Balcon
gave Alfred Hitchcock his first directing job.
The screening is a particularly nice touch since the organisers of it would not have known that Hitchcock was given his first directing job by the Birmingham-born producer Sir Michael Balcon
, the late grandfather of Daniel Day-Lewis who is today still the only non-American double best actor Oscar winning actor.
2 Into the Light: Sir Michael Balcon
His city-born grandfather Sir Michael Balcon
gave Alfred Hitchcock his first directing job, ran the Ealing Studios at the height of their powers and, along with luminaries like Sir Alexander Korda, David Lean and Carol Reed, helped to found BAFTA in 1947.
Day-Lewis, grandson of Brummie movie hero Sir Michael Balcon
, is being talked of as an Oscar contender and no wonder.
Sir Michael Balcon
studied at Edgbaston's George Dixon Grammar School, gave Hitchcock his first directing job, ran the Ealing Studios at the height of their success and helped to found BAFTA.
Once he had returned home, Whale played several roles at the Birmingham Rep, including the assassin John Wilkes Booth in John Drinkwater's hit play, Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis, n grandson of Birmingham-born film legend Sir Michael Balcon
- who gave Hitchcock his first di-recting job - is playing Lincoln in the new Steven Spielberg film of the same name, in cinemas from January 25).
I WAS pleased to see Sir Michael Balcon
and Sir Alec Guinness honoured in Birmingham with their films shown at a local cinema.
His name was Sir Michael Balcon
and he produced the immortal Ealing comedies.
Many of Hitchcock's UK films to be screened in the upcoming celebration were produced by Birmingham's film knight, Sir Michael Balcon
, who discovered the young Cockney film maker; provided him with an apprenticeship; nurtured his creative talents and gave him his first directing assignments.
Both his parents worked in the film industry and his father, Leslie, was particularly successful as an editor, producer and director, working for the great Birmingham movie mogul Sir Michael Balcon
at Ealing Studios.