British filmmaker Ronald Neame
, whose career dates back to serving as assistant cameraman on the first feature film made with sound in Great Britain, Alfred Hitchcock
," has died, according to reports. He was 99.
No details were available.
His directing credits ranged from "The Poseidon Adventure
" (1972) to "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
" (1969), for which Maggie Smith
won the Oscar for best actress.
As a producer, Neame was involved with three British classics: "Brief Encounter
" (1945), "Great Expectations
" (1946) and "Oliver Twist
" (1948). "Brief Encounter
" and "Great Expectations
" were the fruition of a production partnership called Cineguild that Neame had formed with David Lean
and Anthony Havelock-Allan
As a screenwriter, Neame earned Oscar nominations for the screenplays of "Brief," adapted from a Noel Coward
play, and "Expectations," from Charles Dickens
' novel. He shared those distinctions with Lean and Havelock-Allan.
Cineguild broke up in 1947 with a fall-out between Neame and Lean when