He formed a production company with his frequent collaborator Richard Attenborough in 1959, which went on to make The Angry Silence in 1960, a screenplay by Forbes in which Attenborough took the lead role, and both shared production responsibilities. He followed this up in 1961 with his directorial debut Whistle Down the Wind, again produced by Attenborough. In 1964, Forbes wrote and directed Seance on a Wet Afternoon, for which he won a 1965 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Foreign Film Screenplay. That same year he wrote the third screen adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel Of Human Bondage. In 1965 he went to Hollywood to make King Rat.
In 1969 he was appointed chief of production and managing director of the film studio Associated British (EMI), but the experience was not a success and he resigned the post in 1971. After this experience his film output reduced, although he did enjoy success as the director of The Stepford Wives (1974), The Slipper and the Rose (1976) and International Velvet (1978).
He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1975, though he is currently in remission, and since the early 1970s he has divided his energies between cinema, television, theatre and writing a number of successful novels and two volumes of autobiography.
Obituaries of Note: Bryan Forbes, Film Director, and Dean Jeffries, Auto Customizer (Posted 2013-05-11 22:04:03) ; Bryan Forbes, British Movie Director, and Dean Jeffries, Auto Customizer
May 11, 2013; Bryan Forbesfilm directorBryan Forbes, 86, a British film director whose work includes the 1975 horror classic "The Stepford...