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Franc Roddam has directed award-winning documentaries and dramas for British television and mini-series for Us television, and is the founder and chairman of Ziji Publishing, whose roster includes the five million selling novel The Last Templar.
He is best known however as the creator of the international television phenomenon ‘Masterchef’, which is shown in 150 countries, and as the director of the much loved feature film adaptation of The Who’s Quadrophenia.
The film makes its UK Blu-ray debut on 14th November, the same day the seminal ‘modpera’ is reissued in a Super Deluxe Edition CD package by Universal Music. I spoke with Roddam about the enduring affection for Quadrophenia and the experience of adapting the work described by Pete Townshend as ‘the Who album I am most proud of’.
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- Ian Gilchrist
'After Band of Gold, I got sick of taxi drivers saying, 'You're that prostitute off the telly – are you available?''
What made you decide to become an actor?
When I was 11 or 12 and at boarding school, I felt very lonely and out of place. Then somebody cast me as the Artful Dodger in the school play [Oliver!]. During the performance, I remember hearing this noise: laughter. That became extremely appealing.
What was your big breakthrough?
Playing a deaf girl in a drama-documentary called Dummy [in 1977]. I'd had one telly part before – a croupier in an episode of The Sweeney. The director Franc Roddam was trying to cast a film about the true story of a deaf girl from Bradford who ended up in prison on a manslaughter charge. He got fed up looking for actors, so he turned on the telly. My episode of The Sweeney was on. He got me in the next day. »
- Laura Barnett
2 items from 2011
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