11 Facts About Alan Clarke


Alan John Clarke was an English television and film director, producer and writer.


Alan Clarke worked on the series The Informer, The Gold Robbers and A Man of Our Times.


Alan Clarke continued to work for ITV through the 1970s but during the decade made much of his work for the BBC.


Alan Clarke made To Encourage the Others, a powerful drama documentary about the Derek Bentley case, the case which was later dramatised in the 1991 film Let Him Have It by Peter Medak, and several documentaries, including Vodka Cola on multinational corporations.


Alan Clarke directed the television play Made in Britain, starring Tim Roth as a racist skinhead and his negative relationship with authorities and racial minorities, from a screenplay by David Leland.


Alan Clarke directed David Bowie in Baal for the BBC, part of Alan Clarke's interest in Bertolt Brecht.


In 1990, Alan Clarke travelled to America in order to pursue the idea of developing a US-based career in filmmaking.


Alan Clarke has inspired others, such as the director Nick Love, to direct films founded upon social realism.


Alan Clarke died on 24 July 1990 after suffering from lung cancer.


Alan Clarke's son is Gabriel Alan Clarke, a sports journalist with ITV.


Alan Clarke inspired a generation of actors, writers and directors, including Paul Greengrass, Stephen Frears, Tim Roth, Ray Winstone, Gary Oldman, Danny Brocklehurst and Iain MacDonald.