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Guy Green (1913 -- 2005)

Born in Somerset, Guy Green worked all his life in film, and became the first Briton to win an Oscar for cinematography. As a teenager, he got jobs as a projectionist and a photographer before taking a position as camera assistant at Shepperton Studios. From this foothold in the industry, he was promoted to camera operator and then to director of photography.

He shot early black & white films for Carol Reed and David Lean, and it was for Lean's Great Expectations (1946) that he won the Academy Award. He also did fine work lighting and filming Oliver Twist (he met his wife on this production) and Blanche Fury (in colour), before switching to directing in the mid-1950s. As a director, Green divided his time between the UK and the US.

He made The Angry Silence (1960), a controversial industrial relations drama starring Richard Attenborough and written by Bryan Forbes, and other films with Charlton Heston, Rod Steiger, Olivia de Havilland, Ingrid Bergman and Shelley Winters, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Green's A Patch of Blue (1965). He retired as a filmmaker in the 1980s and was belatedly awarded an OBE for services to cinema in 2004.