Person - Jackson, Pat (1916-2011)

Jackson, Pat (1916-2011)

Identification

Type:

Person

Preferred form:

Jackson, Pat (1916-2011)Other forms

Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

London (England, United Kingdom)  1916-03-26 - 2011-06-03

History:

He was a British production designer, director and writer. Pat Jackson began as an editor and co-director of documentaries with the famed GPO Film Unit in the mid-1930s. He worked with such icons of the documentary field as John Grierson and Harry Watt, but it was his World War II semi-documentary Western Approaches (1944) that put him on the map. Praised as a skillful blend of real footage and studio-shot model work, the film was photographed in sumptuous Technicolor by renowned cinematographer Jack Cardiff and told the story of the harrowing dangers faced by merchant seamen in the war. Unfortunately, Jackson was unable to capitalize on this success. He spent an unproductive time under contract to producer/director Alexander Korda and spent an additional two years in Hollywood under contract to MGM, where he made just one film, the somewhat atmospheric melodrama Shadow on the Wall (1950). Returning to Britain in 1951, he was never able to find his niche, drifting among various producers, studios and independent companies. He found a lot of work directing episodic TV series. His fortunes seemed to rise in 1958, however, when he directed Virgin Island (1958), a light-hearted tale of a young couple starting their life on an isolated--and uninhabited--West Indian island. His follow-up film, Snowball (1960), was also a critical and commercial success, as was his comedy-thriller What a Carve Up! (1961) and the dark, moody Don't Talk to Strange Men (1962). Again, these small successes didn't lead to anything bigger or better, and he finished out his career in television.

Occupations

Profession (carried on by):

Screenwriters

Profession (carried on by):

Film directors

Places

Inglaterra (Reino Unido) in 2011-06-03

Lugar de Nacimiento:

London (England, United Kingdom) in 1916-03-26

Lugar de Defunci¿n:

Inglaterra (Reino Unido) in 2011-06-03

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Varón

Gender:

Varón

Sources

External Links

Recurso web:

IMDb

Catálogo de Autoridades:

VIAF

Catálogo de Autoridades:

VIAF

Fichero de Autoridades:

Biblioteca Nacional de Espa¿a

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