Christine Edzard

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Christine Edzard (born 15 February 1945)[1] is a film director, writer, and costume designer, nominated for BAFTA and Oscar awards for her screenwriting. She has been based in London for most of her career.

Early life[edit]

Edzard was born and raised in Paris by her German-born father and Polish mother, both painters, and after a degree in economics she trained as a set and costume designer with Lila De Nobili and Rotislav Duboujinsky.[1] She assisted Di Nobili on Franco Zeffirelli's productions of Aida and Romeo and Juliet at La Scala in 1963 and 1968.[2]


Edzard co-wrote and designed the film Tales of Beatrix Potter (1971), for which she was nominated for two BAFTA awards for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction.[3][4]

With her husband, the film producer Richard B. Goodwin, she founded the Sands Films studio and production company in Rotherhithe, London in 1975.[5][6] The studios include the Rotherhithe Picture Research Library, a free resource for the general public, and the building was awarded a Blue Plaque in 2009, unveiled in January that year by Derek Jacobi.[7] Over the years Sands Films have made and supplied period costumes for international film and TV productions.

Edzard is best known for her film adaptation of Charles Dickens's novel, Little Dorrit (1988), a British film for which she was nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA award for best adapted screenplay and a Los Angeles Film Critics award for best film.[8][9] Acting awards for Little Dorrit went to Derek Jacobi (Evening Standard Award for Best Actor) Miriam Margolyes, (LA Critics Circle Award, Best Supporting Actress) and Sir Alec Guinness (Berlin Film Festival Award, Oscar nomination, BAFTA nomination).

Partial director and writer filmography[edit]

  • The Children's Midsummer Night's Dream (2001) (direction, design) [10]
  • The IMAX Nutcracker Prince (1997) (screenplay, design, direction) [11]
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors - filmed opera by Gian Carlo Menotti (direction, set and costume design)
  • As You Like It (1992) (direction, design) [12][13][14]
  • The Fool (1990) (screenplay adapted from Henry Mayhew, design, direction)
  • Biddy (1983) [15] (Screenplay, direction)
  • Little Dorrit (1987) (screenplay, direction, design) [16]
  • The Nightingale (1981) (screenplay, direction)
  • Stories from a Flying Trunk (1979) (three short films, Little Ida (1975), The Kitchen (1975) and The Little Match Girl (1975))
  • Tales of Beatrix Potter (1972)

Making and Supplying of Period Costumes[edit]


  1. ^ a b Christine Edzard, IMDb. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  2. ^ Crowl, Samuel. "Edzard's As You Like It and Children's Midsummer Night's Dream". Shakespeare at the Cineplex. p. 155. 
  3. ^ "1972 Film Costume Design". BAFTA. 
  4. ^ "Art Direction". Awards, BAFTA 1972. 
  5. ^ Cloarec, Haigron, Letort. Social Class on British and American Screens. p. 164. 
  6. ^ Summers, Sue (18 November 1988). "Eccentric You Say? No, A Labour of Love". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ "London Remembers". 
  8. ^ "1989 Writing based on another medium". 
  9. ^ "1988 Film Adaptated Screenplay". BAFTA. 
  10. ^ Johnston, Sheila (14 June 2001). "Inner-city fairies make magic". The Telegraph. 
  11. ^ Holden, Stephen (26 November 1997). "Film Review: A Nutcracker in 3D wrapping". New York Times. 
  12. ^ Thornton Burnett, Mark. Shakespeare, Film, Fin de Siecle. p. 73. 
  13. ^ Coursen, Herbert R. Teaching Shakespeare with film and television. p. 139. 
  14. ^ Elley, Derek (6 October 1992). "As You Like It Review". Variety. 
  15. ^ "Biddy (1983)". BFI. 
  16. ^ "Little Dorrit". BFI Screen Online. 

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