RIP Richard Attenborough

Attenborough is famous to many filmgoers as John Hammond in Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but he appeared in innumerable classics, such as The Great Escape and Brighton Rock.

He was also a successful director, helming biopics Chaplin and Gandhi. The latter won the Best Picture award at the 1983 Oscars, beating E.T. to the prize. It was a decision Attenborough later criticised.

He told the BBC: "[Business partner] Diana and I went to see ET in Los Angeles shortly before all the awards and we used language, when we came out, to the extent of saying ‘we have no chance - ET should and will walk away with it’."

"Without the initial premise of Mahatma Gandhi, the film would be nothing. Therefore it’s a narrative film but it’s a piece of narration rather than a piece of cinema, as such.

"ET depended absolutely on the concept of cinema and I think that Steven Spielberg, who I’m very fond of, is a genius.

"I think ET is a quite extraordinary piece of cinema."

Speaking at a tribute dinner to Attenborough in June 2013, Spielberg said: "He’s made some of the best movies of all time — he made Gandhi! — and has made such a contribution to society, to cinema and to everyone whose hearts he has touched with his words, works, his leadership and that divine inspiration that radiates from that wonderful smile."


❛ I very specifically wrote it into the script that she is incredibily stiff,
that she has very specific movements, that she’s always clasping her hands together or her feet are together. She’s not comfortable in her own being.
And there’s a lot in there about how she’s constantly breathing
or constantly looking to the sky because I imagine that Pamela
- having been this rigid and stiff broken for so long -
would have an enormous amount of elements
and probably massive panic attacks and anxiety.

So I feel like she spends the 60ties part of the film  in a permanent state of panic

Kelly Marcel (screenwriter)