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15 Facts About Don Boyd
Don Boyd graduated in 1970 and began his career working for the BBC television series Tomorrow's World.
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In 1978 Don Boyd collaborated on and helped finance Ron Peck's and Paul Hallam's 1978 Nighthawks, described by Time Out as "Britain's first committed gay feature film", which attracted controversy in the UK at the time prompting Channel 4 to delay its broadcast until 1984.
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Tucker, whose interest at least initially was as much as a patron of the arts as devising tax schemes, and Don Boyd were among the first in the UK to provide them to finance films.
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Don Boyd returned to the UK in 1982 and attempted to resume his directorial career with Gossip, which was to be a satire on celebrity life in the early Thatcher years based on an original treatment by Frances Lynn.
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The production ran into financial difficulties – Don Boyd was the victim of an elaborate fraud – and the film collapsed after just two weeks' shooting.
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Don Boyd has presented a series of In Conversation events at the CIR with prominent cultural figures such as Mike Leigh, Nicolas Roeg, and the Director-General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, lectures at least three times annually and was instrumental in the University's academic relationship with the London Film School.
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Between 2009 and 2015, Don Boyd has been personally responsible for the curation, production and presentation of this work funded by private investors and by the Arts Council of England.
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In 2010 Don Boyd published his first novel, Margot's Secrets, a psychological thriller set in Barcelona about a therapist forced to confront her own adulterous secret following a series of violent ritualistic murders involving her clients.
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