Mr. Forbush and the Penguins
|Mr. Forbush and the Penguins|
|Written by||Anthony Shaffer|
|Based on||novel by Graham Billings|
|Music by||John Addison|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films|
Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (also known as Cry of the Penguins) is a 1971 British film, directed by Arne Sucksdorff, Alfred Viola and Roy Boulting. It stars John Hurt, Hayley Mills, Dudley Sutton and Tony Britton.
- John Hurt as Richard Forbush
- Hayley Mills as Tara St. John Luke
- Dudley Sutton as Starshot
- Tony Britton as George Dewport
- Thorley Walters as Mr. Forbush Sr.
- Judy Campbell as Mrs. Forbush
- Joss Ackland as The Leader
- Nicholas Pennell as Julien
- Avril Angers as Fanny
- Cyril Luckham as Tringham
- Sally Geeson as Jackie
- Brian Oulton as Food-Store Clerk
- John Comer as Police Sergeant
The film was based on a 1965 novel by Graham Billings, who had worked for the New Zealand Antarctic Division.
Making the film was a turbulent experience. Penguin footage shot by Arne Sucksdorff on location in Antarctica did not cut smoothly into scenes involving humans. Roy Boulting of British Lion replaced director Al Viola, and replaced Susan Fleetwood, the original female lead, with his then-wife, Hayley Mills. John Hurt was angry at this and Bryan Forbes of EMI had to spend an entire evening persuading him not to quit.
The film failed to recoup its considerable cost.
- Books of The Times: The Man Who Loved Penguins By ORVILLE PRESCOTT. New York Times 18 Mar 1966: 37.
- Bryan Forbes, A Divided Life, Mandarin Paperbacks, 1993 p 221-222
- Walker, Alexander, Hollywood England, Harrap and Stein, 1974 p433-434
- Mr. Forbush and the Penguins at the Internet Movie Database
- Mr Forbush and the Penguins at BFI
- Review of film at New York Times
- Review of film at Film Fanatic
- of novel at Kirkus
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