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.