Lewis Gilbert began his career in the film world as a child actor, but he learned the tricks of the trade as Hitchcock’s assistant director. In 1944, Gilbert started working at the Gaumont British Instructional Film Unit, where he made short films. He became known by directing patriotic war movies like Reach for the sky (1956), Carve her Name with Pride (1958) and Sink the Bismarck (1960).That Gilbert is a multifaceted professional, is shown by his success in different film genres. He directed three Bond movies – You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) – but also made a big impact with Educating Rita (1983) and Shirley Valentine (1989). In 1992 Lewis Gilbert was the chairman of our international jury. In 1996 he came to the festival to present his first horror movie; Haunted. This year, Lewis Gilbert will return to lead our Workshop 1998.