Philip Saville

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Philip Saville (sometimes credited as Philip Savile, born 28 October 1930, London) is a British actor who turned to television direction and screenwriting in the late 1950s. During the 1960s he directed several important television plays, such as Harold Pinter's A Night Out (1960) for ABC's Armchair Theatre anthology series, and the lost Madhouse on Castle Street (1963) for the BBC. The later production became famous as the first acting appearance of the American folk singer Bob Dylan, whom Saville had flown over to the UK specifically to take part in the play. Other notable programmes on which Saville worked included Out of the Unknown (1965) and the Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) for which Saville received a BAFTA to add to his earlier BAFTA for Hamlet. In film Saville directed The Fruit Machine (1988, released as Wonderland in the USA), Metroland (1997) and The Gospel of John (2003). Saville has been called one of the UK's top 100 directors of all time. He is active in film and television as of 2006, and has a masterclass studio in London specializing in dramatic improvisation. Philip Saville has recently completed a special documentary on Harold Pinter Pinter's Progress for Sundance international television channels and UK's Sky Arts. Saville is currently developing further arts programming with Sundance and British TV company 3DD Productions including Discovering Hamlet now in production. Description above from the ...

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The Fruit Machine (1988)

Eddie and Michael are two 16-year-old gay friends from Liverpool. Berated by his father for his camp behavior, Eddie runs away from his Liverpool home and joins Michael, a streetwise hustler, who is also on the run.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Emile Charles  •  Tony Forsyth  •  Louis Emerick  •  Bruce Payne

Eddie and Michael are two 16-year-old gay friends from Liverpool. Berated by his father for his camp behavior, Eddie runs away from his Liverpool home and joins Michael, a streetwise hustler, who is also on the run.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Emile Charles  •  Tony Forsyth  •  Louis Emerick  •  Bruce Payne

Metroland (1997)

After ten years absence Toni, Chris's best friend, suddenly reappears in London to bring chaos and doubt into Chris's calm, tranquil, slightly boring, predictable life. Chris starts to remember his carefree youth as a photographer in Paris when he lived with and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Emily Watson  •  Lee Ross  •  Elsa Zylberstein

After ten years absence Toni, Chris's best friend, suddenly reappears in London to bring chaos and doubt into Chris's calm, tranquil, slightly boring, predictable life. Chris starts to remember his carefree youth as a photographer in Paris when he lived with and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Emily Watson  •  Lee Ross  •  Elsa Zylberstein

The Gospel of John (2003)

A word for word depiction of the life of Jesus Christ from the Good News Translation Bible as recorded in the Gospel of John.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Christopher Plummer  •  Henry Ian Cusick  •  Stuart Bunce  •  Daniel Kash

A word for word depiction of the life of Jesus Christ from the Good News Translation Bible as recorded in the Gospel of John.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Christopher Plummer  •  Henry Ian Cusick  •  Stuart Bunce  •  Daniel Kash

The Blind Goddess (1948)

Justice, the poets have it, is a blind goddess. Eric Portman stars as the lawyer defending a lord, Hugh Williams, accused by his secretary Michael Dennison of having diverted public funds for his own use.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold French
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Anne Crawford  •  Hugh Williams  •  Michael Denison

Justice, the poets have it, is a blind goddess. Eric Portman stars as the lawyer defending a lord, Hugh Williams, accused by his secretary Michael Dennison of having diverted public funds for his own use.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold French
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Anne Crawford  •  Hugh Williams  •  Michael Denison

Oedipus the King (1968)

This classic Greek tale tells how a noble youth accidentally marries his own mother, kills his own father and ends up paying a terrible price for invoking the wrath of the Gods.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Christopher Plummer  •  Lilli Palmer  •  Richard Johnson  •  Orson Welles

This classic Greek tale tells how a noble youth accidentally marries his own mother, kills his own father and ends up paying a terrible price for invoking the wrath of the Gods.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Christopher Plummer  •  Lilli Palmer  •  Richard Johnson  •  Orson Welles

Shadey (1985)

A young man discovers that not only does he have the ability to read minds, but that if he holds a camera next to his head he can transmit the thoughts he sees onto film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Antony Sher  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Patrick Macnee  •  Katherine Helmond

A young man discovers that not only does he have the ability to read minds, but that if he holds a camera next to his head he can transmit the thoughts he sees onto film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Antony Sher  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Patrick Macnee  •  Katherine Helmond

Contraband Spain (1955)

An FBI agent goes to the French-Spanish border to round up some smugglers and counterfeiters after his brother is murdered.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Huntington  •  Julio Salvador
CAST:  Richard Greene  •  Anouk Aimée  •  Michael Denison  •  José Nieto

An FBI agent goes to the French-Spanish border to round up some smugglers and counterfeiters after his brother is murdered.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Huntington  •  Julio Salvador
CAST:  Richard Greene  •  Anouk Aimée  •  Michael Denison  •  José Nieto

Stop the World: I Want to Get Off (1966)

The Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse London and Broadway musical hit Stop the World, I Want to Get Off is given literal treatment in this filmization. Newley stars as Littlechap, whose allegorical rise to success is countered by the instability of his private life. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Tony Tanner  •  Millicent Martin  •  Leila Croft  •  Valerie Croft

The Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse London and Broadway musical hit Stop the World, I Want to Get Off is given literal treatment in this filmization. Newley stars as Littlechap, whose allegorical rise to success is countered by the instability of his private life. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Tony Tanner  •  Millicent Martin  •  Leila Croft  •  Valerie Croft

Penny and the Pownall Case (1948)

A glamour model helps Scotland Yard to catch a criminal gang.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Slim Hand
CAST:  Ralph Michael  •  Peggy Evans  •  Christopher Lee  •  Diana Dors

A glamour model helps Scotland Yard to catch a criminal gang.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Slim Hand
CAST:  Ralph Michael  •  Peggy Evans  •  Christopher Lee  •  Diana Dors

Pinter's Progress (2009)

A personal take on working with Harold Pinter via intimate conversations with actors, directors and writers who share their experiences of the man and his work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  In-sook Chappell  •  Steven Berkoff

A personal take on working with Harold Pinter via intimate conversations with actors, directors and writers who share their experiences of the man and his work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  In-sook Chappell  •  Steven Berkoff

An Honourable Murder (1960)

A modern boardroom take on Julius Caesar.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Godfrey Grayson
CAST:  John Longden  •  Philip Saville  •  Norman Wooland  •  Douglas Wilmer

A modern boardroom take on Julius Caesar.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Godfrey Grayson
CAST:  John Longden  •  Philip Saville  •  Norman Wooland  •  Douglas Wilmer

Bang! You're Dead (1954)

Two small boys are playing in a wood. The younger boy has a revolver and, not understanding that the gun differs from his toy pistol, plays 'highwayman' on the road and holds up a cyclist; the gun goes off, killing the cyclist. Both boys are unaware of the tragic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lance Comfort
CAST:  Jack Warner  •  Derek Farr  •  Veronica Hurst  •  Michael Medwin

Two small boys are playing in a wood. The younger boy has a revolver and, not understanding that the gun differs from his toy pistol, plays 'highwayman' on the road and holds up a cyclist; the gun goes off, killing the cyclist. Both boys are unaware of the tragic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lance Comfort
CAST:  Jack Warner  •  Derek Farr  •  Veronica Hurst  •  Michael Medwin

The Great Van Robbery (1959)

Interpol detective Caesar Smith tracks robbers of the Royal Mint van. He travels to Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Paris and establishes the guilt of a London coffee importer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Max Varnel
CAST:  Denis Shaw  •  Kay Callard  •  Tony Quinn  •  Philip Saville

Interpol detective Caesar Smith tracks robbers of the Royal Mint van. He travels to Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Paris and establishes the guilt of a London coffee importer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Max Varnel
CAST:  Denis Shaw  •  Kay Callard  •  Tony Quinn  •  Philip Saville

Murder at 3am (1953)

A police detective suspects that his sister's boyfriend is a murderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Searle
CAST:  Dennis Price  •  Peggy Evans  •  Philip Saville  •  Greta Mayaro

A police detective suspects that his sister's boyfriend is a murderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Searle
CAST:  Dennis Price  •  Peggy Evans  •  Philip Saville  •  Greta Mayaro

The Betrayal (1957)

Fourteen years after he was blinded in a WWII concentration camp, a Canadian perfume executive travels to London on business and recognizes the voice of the traitor who betrayed him and his fellow prisoners to the Germans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest Morris
CAST:  Philip Friend  •  Diana Decker  •  Philip Saville  •  Peter Burton

Fourteen years after he was blinded in a WWII concentration camp, a Canadian perfume executive travels to London on business and recognizes the voice of the traitor who betrayed him and his fellow prisoners to the Germans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest Morris
CAST:  Philip Friend  •  Diana Decker  •  Philip Saville  •  Peter Burton

Family Pictures (1993)

Nina Eberlin comes home to visit her now-divorced parents and while looking through a collection of pictures taken by her father and herself, she reflects on how the pictures illustrate the nature of families. She begins to tell the story of how her parents ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  Sam Neill  •  Kyra Sedgwick  •  Dermot Mulroney

Nina Eberlin comes home to visit her now-divorced parents and while looking through a collection of pictures taken by her father and herself, she reflects on how the pictures illustrate the nature of families. She begins to tell the story of how her parents ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  Sam Neill  •  Kyra Sedgwick  •  Dermot Mulroney

Deacon Brodie (1997)

Drama based on the true story of Deacon Brodie one of Scotland's most notorious criminals. In 1788 Deacon Brodie a master cabinet maker and town councillor is a rogue and a hedonist. He steals money but gives it back. He attempts to steal a fortune from the city's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Billy Connolly  •  Simon Donald  •  Ewen Bremner  •  Lorcan Cranitch

Drama based on the true story of Deacon Brodie one of Scotland's most notorious criminals. In 1788 Deacon Brodie a master cabinet maker and town councillor is a rogue and a hedonist. He steals money but gives it back. He attempts to steal a fortune from the city's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Billy Connolly  •  Simon Donald  •  Ewen Bremner  •  Lorcan Cranitch

Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 (1990)

Diane and Greg Halstead were once happily married, even deciding to try and have a baby in later years, despite the fact that she had already suffered two miscarriages. She has no luck in becoming pregnant and this leads to an estrangement from her husband. On his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Cheryl Ladd  •  Jeffrey DeMunn  •  Frederick Coffin  •  Peter Jurasik

Diane and Greg Halstead were once happily married, even deciding to try and have a baby in later years, despite the fact that she had already suffered two miscarriages. She has no luck in becoming pregnant and this leads to an estrangement from her husband. On his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Cheryl Ladd  •  Jeffrey DeMunn  •  Frederick Coffin  •  Peter Jurasik

Mandela (1987)

Nelson Mandela becomes South Africa's first Black President, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in negotiating a bloodless revolution in that country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Alfre Woodard  •  Warren Clarke  •  Allan Corduner

Nelson Mandela becomes South Africa's first Black President, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in negotiating a bloodless revolution in that country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Alfre Woodard  •  Warren Clarke  •  Allan Corduner

A Piece of Cake (1948)

Set in the austere post–World War II British world of rationing, Cyril dreams up an ode to an imaginary character named Merlin Mound who can provide anything one can wish. Merlin becomes real and grants his host's wishes; not by conjuring the items out of thin air, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Irwin
CAST:  Cyril Fletcher  •  Betty Astell  •  Laurence Naismith  •  Jon Pertwee

Set in the austere post–World War II British world of rationing, Cyril dreams up an ode to an imaginary character named Merlin Mound who can provide anything one can wish. Merlin becomes real and grants his host's wishes; not by conjuring the items out of thin air, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Irwin
CAST:  Cyril Fletcher  •  Betty Astell  •  Laurence Naismith  •  Jon Pertwee
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