Ken Annakin

Ken Annakin

London 1942

Kenneth (Ken) Annakin, born in 1914, was a popular director who produced over fifty films during his lifetime.

The British Council Film Collection features some of Annakin’s earliest film-work, including his first proper foray into directing - London 1942 (1943) - and the dramatic English Criminal Justice (1946), which Annakin described as ‘a wonderful break’ leading to his first feature film.

Among Annakin’s most well-known feature productions are Swiss Family Robinson (1960), Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), and Battle of the Bulge (1965).

Ken Annakin died in 2009 on the same day as cinematographer Jack Cardiff, who had been his cinematographer on The Fifth Musketeer (1979) and had also worked on the British Council Film Collection.

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