Anthony Hinds

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Anthony Frank Hinds
Born (1922-09-19)19 September 1922
Died 30 September 2013(2013-09-30) (aged 91)
Occupation Screenwriter, film producer
Parent(s) William Hinds

Anthony Frank Hinds, also known as Tony Hinds and John Elder (19 September 1922 – 30 September 2013),[1] was a British screenwriter and producer.[2][3] He was the son of the founder of Hammer Film Productions, William Hinds.

Early life[edit]

The son of performer Will Hammer (né William Hinds), Anthony Hinds was educated at St Paul's School.[1] He briefly joined his father's business before his war service as a pilot in the RAF during World War II.[1]


In 1946, Hinds returned to Hammer and initially produced a great many modest thrillers. One of these was The Dark Road (1947), one of the quota quickies, which featured a jewellery shop called 'Hinds', a reference to his father's original business. This business had been divided in the 1920s between William and his brother Frank Hinds. Frank's part is now the F. Hinds national jewellery chain.[4]

In the summer of 1953, Hinds had been enthralled by the BBC's The Quatermass Experiment, a six-part science fiction thriller written by Nigel Kneale. Hinds was so impressed by what he saw that he suggested that Hammer should buy the big screen rights. They approached the BBC and snapped up the rights. After requesting the new 'X' certificate from the British Board of Film Censors,[1] The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) was a box-office success and was the first of the three Quatermass cinema films based on the television serials.

Hinds came up with the idea of hiring country houses and shooting films in the rooms and grounds of the locations, which saved the cost of kitting out a full studio.[1] The company acquired Down Place, renamed it Bray Studios, and was based at the location until 1966. Under the pseudonym John Elder, he was a prolific screenwriter and from the mid-1960s he concentrated on this activity, returning to production for The Lost Continent (1968). Hinds produced the TV series Journey to the Unknown for LWT (1968–71).[5]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Obituary: Anthony Hinds,, 3 October 2013
  2. ^ "The New York Times". 
  3. ^ "R.I.P. Anthony Hinds 1922–2013". 29 September 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Our History on F. Hinds website". 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Anthony Hinds". BFI. 

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