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Bryan Forbes, CBE

Monday, 14 June 2004 14:03

We would like to congratulate Bryan Forbes who has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the order of the British Empire) for services to the arts.

Formerly a decent actor in a host of British films, Forbes turned to screenwriting at an early age and won critical acclaim for his screenplay for Basil Dearden's The League of Gentlemen. The following year, he wrote one of his most controversial screenplays for Guy Green's The Angry Silence, starring Richard Attenborough, following firstly the formation of Beaver Films (with Attenborough) and then Allied Film Makers (with Basil Dearden, Michael Relf, Carl Foreman, Richard Attenborough and Guy Green).

His directing career began in 1961 with Whistle Down the Wind, starring child star Haley Mills and his films which featured a John Barry score included Séance on a Wet Afternoon, King Rat, The Whisperers and Deadfall. He also directed his wife, Nanette Newman and Malcolm McDowell as paraplegics who fall in love, in the excellent The Raging Moon.

More recently, Forbes had a hand in the writing of the screenplay for Chaplin, another film scored by Barry.

He has been married to Nanette for nearly 50 years and they have two children: Emma and Sarah. Emma is a television presenter and Sarah is married to the actor, John Standing. Bryan Forbes IMDb page

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The Bridgewater Hall - Music of John Barry November 2018

The Music of John Barry

Saturday 10 November 7.30pm
The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3WS


Nicholas Dodd conductor
Andrew Collins presenter
Manchester Camerata

John Barry created some of the most memorable and recognisable film scores of the 20th century, such as Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, Zulu and of course much of the music from the James Bond series; his versatility and originality were peerless. His death in 2011 deprived cinema of a true musical great. This concert pays tribute to his life and music with a carefully selected programme, conducted by Nicholas Dodd, who collaborated closely with the composer on his later films. Nicholas Dodd is regarded as one of the leading conductors and orchestrators of Hollywood film music and is a noted expert on, and performer of John Barry’s music. In fact, every James Bond movie from the last 10 years bears his signature.