Respected British director of classic films such as The House of Mirth, The Long Day Closes, and Distant Voices, Still Lives.
He worked for 10 years as a clerk in a shipping office before writing the screenplay for his first short film Children.
His film Distant Voices, Still Lives was ranked #9 in the Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of the past 25 years.
He was the youngest child in a family of 10.
His film Distant Voices, Still Lives was praised by renowned French director Jean Luc Godard.