Lewis Gilbert

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.