Mr. Forbush and the Penguins

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Mr. Forbush and the Penguins
Directed by Roy Boulting
Arne Sucksdorff
Alfred Viola
Written by Anthony Shaffer
Based on novel by Graham Billings
Starring John Hurt
Hayley Mills
Music by John Addison
Distributed by British Lion Films
Release date
1971 (UK)
1981 (US)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.



The film was based on a 1965 novel by Graham Billings, who had worked for the New Zealand Antarctic Division.[1]

The film was a co-production between EMI Films, the National Film Finance Corporation and British Lion Films.

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.[2]

The film failed to recoup its considerable cost.[3]


  1. ^ Books of The Times: The Man Who Loved Penguins By ORVILLE PRESCOTT. New York Times 18 Mar 1966: 37.
  2. ^ Bryan Forbes, A Divided Life, Mandarin Paperbacks, 1993 p 221-222
  3. ^ Walker, Alexander, Hollywood England, Harrap and Stein, 1974 p433-434

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