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From actor to producer: into the driving seat

Tony Garnett

in Tony Garnett

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780719066283
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702529 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719066283.003.0011
From actor to producer: into the driving seat

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This chapter focuses on Garnett's journey from an actor to a producer. The study briefly highlights the interests and works of Garnett. His chief interest was always acting, and he spent much of his time as a teenager at Stratford, the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. After leaving school, he acted in local repertory theatres before taking up a place at the University of London where he studied psychology. He spent little time at the university, and developed a parallel career as an actor whilst studying. By the late 1950s and early 1960s, he was a relatively successful actor, rarely out of work, and with a profile of creditable performances on television and, occasionally, film. Eventually, he stepped into the driving seat as a producer. Garnett was one of the first generation of producers who were also directors and operated in different ways to other producers employed in the Drama Group.

Keywords: actor; producer; psychology; television; directors

Chapter.  10171 words. 

Subjects: Television

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