Alan Bridges

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Alan Bridges
Born(1927-09-28)28 September 1927
Liverpool, England
Died7 December 2013(2013-12-07) (aged 86)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1961-1991

Alan Bridges (28 September 1927 7 December 2013) [1] was an English film and television director.


In 1967 Bridges directed a television adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations starring Gary Bond as Pip. [2]

He won the Grand Prix at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival for his film The Hireling . [3] His film Out of Season (1975) was entered into the 25th Berlin International Film Festival [4] and film The Shooting Party (1985) was entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival. [5] For television, Bridges directed several works by David Mercer and Dennis Potter.

Peter Bradshaw on film blog wrote: "Bridges was a brilliant poet and cinematic satirist – in tones both mordant and melancholy – of the English class system of the early 20th century, and a director with a flair for psychology and interior crisis, as evidenced by movies like The Return of the Soldier (1982) and The Shooting Party (1985)." [6]

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  2. "Great Expectations (TV Series 1967– ) - IMDb" . Retrieved 8 June 2019 via
  3. "Festival de Cannes: The Hireling". Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  4. " Awards for Out of Season". Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  5. "14th Moscow International Film Festival (1985)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 16 March 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  6. Peter Bradshaw "Alan Bridges: a director of genuine if occasionally overlooked brilliance", (film blog), 24 January 2014