Filming If….

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  • Author Name: David Wood OBE
  • Publication Date: 28/04/2018
  • Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781912362592

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In 1968, Lindsay Anderson filmed IF…., which became a cult film, and is regarded as one of the best British films of all time. David Wood co-starred as one of three rebel schoolboys in a public school. His character, Johnny, along with Mick (Malcolm McDowell) and Wallace (Richard Warwick), led the revolution against authority, which was regarded by many as a metaphor for the social and political situation in the UK.

This book contains David’s experience of taking part in the film, the personalities involved, the day-to-day challenges, excitements and fun, and the reception given to the film, including winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes. The memoir also reflects the brilliance of the idiosyncratic director, Lindsay Anderson, and his team.

For readers of a certain age, IF…. was hugely influential. And film students study it to this day. In 2018 the film celebrates its 50th anniversary, when there will be many celebrations. This memoir is not an academic study of the film, more the personal memories of a young and impressionable actor’s experience. From audition, through preparatory talks, location filming to the film opening, plus information on what happened to some of the participants – this information is augmented by an extra section by George Perry, film critic, describing IF…. in the context of its importance in the history of British film. Malcolm McDowell, whose first major film was IF…., is writing a short foreword.

David Wood OBE lives in Wimbledon, London and is an award-winning actor and writer. He has starred in many television classic serials, comedies and children’s programmes. As a playwright, he is best known as ‘the national children’s dramatist’ (The Times). David has written 75 plays for children, including 8 adaptations of Roald Dahl books, which have been performed all over the world. He has published more than 20 children’s books and has also written a musical which was performed in the West End.

4 reviews for Filming If….

  1. John Plowright

    “This book is David Wood’s memoir of how he came to be cast as one of the trio of rebels at the heart of Lindsay Anderson’s ‘If ….’; how the film was made and received; and an account of what subsequently happened to him and the others involved. Given that ‘If ….’ is a much loved cinematic work of the very first importance, there is clearly an audience for this book…”

  2. Abbey

    If you are interested in this film or indeed the making of any film this book is a must read. It gives a great insight into the making of If…. from the casting to the opening and beyond. A lovely memoir revealing some of the films secrets, a great tribute ALL involved.

  3. Mr Neil Hattersley

    A fascinating insight into a classic British film. Definitely worth a read!

  4. Jeff Linamen (NetGalley)

    I really enjoyed reading this background on the filming of If…. and I made the conscious decision to read it before actually watching the film. Up until recently, this cult phenomenon had somehow evaded my radar. I have to say that now I have some added excitement for viewing it and it will no longer sit waiting in my queue. Actor (in the film) Wood, provides some really interesting insight into the production and the creatives involved. The book is well written and and beautifully supported with still shots and sample script pages (including the infamous ‘dummy script’) peppered throughout the book. It is a gift that David Wood took the time to provide fans and film historians with this edition, marking the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.

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