Biography of Ken Annakin (1914-2009)

British film director, born in Beverly (Yorkshire) on August 10, 1914 and died on April 22, 2009.


Ken Annakin had several occupations before turning to cinema: he/she worked as a civil servant in the Civil Service, was a seller of advertising space journalist and theatre director, experiences which then applied to his work as director. He/She also travelled Australia and United States, which allowed him to get in touch with other cultures, and later fought in the second world war. After graduating because of disability in the R.A.F. in 1942, he/she started working for Variety Films. There he/she started as a camera Assistant and made several documentaries before using his first film, Holiday Camp (1947), directed with an inherited realistic treatment of the documentaries.

The tale of "The Little Mermaid", collected in the work of Peter Blackmore, resulted in his next title, Miranda (1948), the story of a mermaid who promises to return to the man who has kidnapped if it teaches you how is your world (certainly an antecedent, but with variant, 1, 2, 3...) Splash, which will be Ron Howardin 1984). After a series of titles around a peculiar family: Here Come the Huggets (1948), Vote for Huggett (1949) and The Huggets Abroad (1949), Annakin brought to the screen a story of Somerset Maugham, Mr. Know All (1950), and the novel by John Garden, Double Confession (1950), where an innocent man, suspected of the murder of his wife, tries to find the real culprit. The second world war served as background in Hotel Sahara (1951), based on a story of George H. Brown, and David Tomlinson, one of the regulars at the cinema of Annakin actors which was coprotagonizada.

The literature was a director's film undisputed starting point. In 1953 he/she directed The Sword and the Rose, according to the novel by Charles Major, and made flourish again the historical Knights in the framework of the England of the Tudors. In 1955 adapted the novel by Derrick Boothroyd in Value for Money, a comedy about the heir to a fortune that meets a cabaret when he/she tries to spend it. The heir is Chayley Broadbent and the cabaret, Diana Dors, the English equivalent of Marilyn Monroe as to embody the sex symbol national, and also regular Annakin films.

The director became one of the few Englishmen appreciated by Hollywood and is Third Man on the Mountain (1959), a product of the Disney factory based on the novel by James Ramsey Ullman, and the fifth musketeer (1977), which had already known earlier versions.

But certainly more extended Annakin films directly treated with the genre of adventure, something outrageous times. In 1960 he/she directed the unique of the South seas, according to the novel by Johann David Wyss; He/She met John Mills and Dorothy McGuire in an imaginative story shot in the island of Tobago in the Caribbean. Annakin directed more sea-worthy adventure in Pirates (1982), based in turn on the Pirates of Penzance musical. Costume design and supporting actor Garry McDonald were nominated for the Australian Film Institute for his AFI award. The genus was completed with a title for lovers of nature and the novels of Jack London, the white jungle (1972); and with the latest film by Annakin, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstockins (1988), picking up the great text of the Swedish novelist Astrid Lindgren.

Less conventional adventure genre will be represented by two emblematic titles of his films: those geeks in their crazy gadgets (1965) and the rally of Monte Carlo (1969). With regard to the first, Annakin was working on a story on a transatlantic flight, but the bankruptcy of the producer did to change project; Even so, for the film were built twenty aircraft on models of the 10 years, with original materials and a total price of £5,000 each. Annakin was nominated for the Oscar as best writer. The second was the same writers (Jack Davies, as well as Annakin), the same composer (Ron Woodwin) and five of the players who had participated in the first. The adventure continued at the wheel, but had less critical success.

Annakin was occasional screenwriter of some of their titles and in the last stage of his career he/she worked for television, managing titles such as Murder at the Mardi Grass (1977) or Institute for Revenge (1979).


Short films:

1943: London 1942; A Ride With Uncle Joe. 1944: The New Crop; Combined Cadets. 1945: Three Cadets; Pacific Thrust. 1946: English Justice; Fenlands; It Began On The Clyde; The West Riding. 1947: Turn It Out.

Feature films:

1947: Holiday Camp. 1948: Miranda; Broken Journey; The Colonel completo Ladry (Quartet episode); Here Come The Huggets. 1949: Vote for Huggett; The Huggets Abroad; Landfall; Three Men in a Boat. 1950: Double Confession; The whirlwind of life; The whirlwind of life (episode of Trio). 1951: Hotel Sahara. 1952: The archers of the King; Malaysia. 1953: The Sword and the Rose. 1954: You Know What Sailor Are; The Valley of the Maori. 1955: Value for Money. 1956: Do not marry in Monte Carlo. 1957: on the other side of the bridge; Three Men in Boat. 1958: The Valley of a thousand hills. 1959: Third Man on the Mountain. 1960: The unique of the South seas. 1961: Today is day of flight; The Hellions (and co-writer). 1962: Anonymous thieves; The longest day (Co-Director); Behind the wheel and crazy. 1963: Empire of violence. 1965: Those geeks in their crazy gadgets (and co-writer); The battle of the bulge. 1967: The legend of a brave (and producer); Raquel and her rogues. 1969: The rally of Monte Carlo (producer and co-writer). 1970: The Play Room. 1972: The white forest. 1975: ambush in the far East. 1977: The fifth musketeer. 1980: Cheaper to Keep Her. 1982: The pirates. 1985: Ingrid. 1988: The new adventures of Pippi Calzaslargas.

As screenwriter:

1959: Mission in Morocco.

Works for television:

1977: Murder at the Mardi Gras. 1978: Harold Robbins' The Pirate. 1979: Institute for Revenge.