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From Hampton Wick to Hollywood: Roland Wales

In 1932, after the worldwide success of his First World War classic, ‘Journey’s End’, R C Sherriff travelled to hollywood to write movies for Universal Studios. It was the start of a 30-year career, during which he became one of Britain’s best paid screenwriters, and a byword for quality in the film industry. In total he contributed - in whole or in part - to over 50 films, including classics such as ‘The Invisible Man’ (1934), ‘goodbye, Mr Chips’ (1939), ‘The Four Feathers’ (1939), 'That hamilton Woman' (1941) and many more - including, of course, his most famous - ‘The Dam Busters’ (1955).

In this illustrated talk, Roland Wales, R C Sherriff’s biographer, discusses Sherriff’s approach to his screenwriting, his views on hollywood, the producers he liked to work with (and those he didn’t), the numerous obstacles he had to overcome, and the classic scripts which have never been produced.

Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm
Riverhouse Barn
Manor Road
KT12 2PF