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I was intrigued to find Paul Almond described as “quiet” and “suave”. An ice hockey blue at Oxford, he brought a rumbustious enthusiasm direct from the rink to the newsroom when he edited Isis and, as a new chairman, to formerly staid meetings of the Poetry Society. Ts Eliot’s eyebrows were certainly raised when, as a guest speaker, he was introduced by Paul as “Tom”.
In 1951, in a battered open-top lorry, Paul drove the Festival Shakespeare Players to the Edinburgh Fringe where, sitting beside him, I was instructed to keep talking in case he fell asleep and crashed. We made it; Paul, as ever, doing most of the talking and then, apparently tirelessly, pacing the pavement outside the Royal High school to drum up an audience for the next two weeks.
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- Christopher Bell
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Paul Almond (1931-2015) - Director. For Granada Television, he directed the classic documentary Seven Up! (pictured above), which spawned the rest of the Up series. He also directed Captive Hearts and a 1961 version of Macbeth starring Sean Connery. He died on April 9. (Lat) Richard Corliss (1944-2015) - Film Critic. He was the critic for Time magazine for the past 35 years. He also can be seen in the documentaries Life...
- Christopher Campbell
Canadian director best known in Britain for the Seven Up! television documentary
Paul Almond, who has died aged 83, directed seven feature films and more than 120 television dramas in Canada, Britain and the Us. He wrote 12 novels. The Directors Guild of Canada gave him a lifetime achievement award and the Canadian government made him an officer of the Order of Canada. In Britain, though, he is known for one thing: a documentary transmitted on ITV on Monday 5 May 1964.
Seven Up! appeared in Granada Television’s current affairs slot, World in Action. The series was then in its second year and known for its brash, steamroller delivery of facts and opinions (and, in the trade, for its cavalier disregard of the technical niceties of documentary film-making). Taking the unjournalistic – indeed, essayistic – topic of the persistence of class in 1960s “swinging” Britain, Seven Up! did not quite fit the programme’s news-driven agenda. »
- Brian Winston
Canadian filmmaker Paul Almond has died, aged 83.
The director was behind the ground-breaking and long-running Seven Up! documentary, which focused on a group of 14 British 7-year-olds.
The 1964 special has continued every seven years since as the Up series. Almond co-created the project, before Michael Apted took over the series.
Almond died on Thursday (April 9) in California of complications relating to a recent heart attack, his son Matthew said.
The filmmaker came up with the idea for Seven Up! with Granada producer Tim Hewat while discussing the class system in a pub.
Hewat is said to have remarked: "Give me a child until he is 7 and I will give you the man," allegedly originated by St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.
Originally intended as a one-off, researcher Apted later revisited the children every seven years. Its most recent version 56 Up aired in 2012.
Almond also wrote and directed a trilogy of films called Isabel, »
The director, whose documentary began the Up series by Michael Apted, suffered complications following a heart attack
Paul Almond, the director of the original Seven Up! documentary, has died aged 83. His son Matthew said his death was the result of complications following a heart attack.
Seven Up!, made in 1964, became his most famous work, inspiring the Up series of films directed by Michael Apted, one of Almond’s research team. Almond, along with producer Tim Hewat, decided to film a group of seven-year-old children, asking them for their feelings about love, family, class and their hopes in life.
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Canadian director Paul Almond died in Beverly Hills following complications from a recent heart attack, his son said, according to a The New York Times report Tuesday. He was 83. Almond was best known for directing “Seven Up!” in 1964. The television film that examined the lives of a group of British children became the basis of the documentary series that has since followed them into middle age. Although “Seven Up!” is most closely associated with Michael Apted, who directed all but the inaugural installment, Almond helped conceive the film, which first aired in the U.K. on ITV and featured interviews »
- Debbie Emery
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