Gough Lewis (1922-1989) was an influential British film director and producer. He was born in London, England and raised in a family of modest means. He was educated at the London School of Economics, and after graduating, he joined the Royal Air Force, where he served as a navigator during World War II.
Following the war, Gough began working in the British film industry, first in the editing department at Rank Studios, and then as an assistant director on films such as "Passage Home" (1955) and "A Night to Remember" (1958). He quickly earned a reputation as a talented and hardworking filmmaker.
In 1962, Gough directed his first feature film, "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner", which was an instant success and was nominated for several awards, including the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was praised for its realism and its thoughtful exploration of class differences in Britain.
After this success, Gough went on to direct numerous other films, including "The Servant" (1963) and "Far from the Madding Crowd" (1967), both of which were nominated for Academy Awards. He was also a producer on several films, including "The Go-Between" (1970) and "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976).
Gough was known for his thoughtful and sensitive approach to his films, and he was respected for his meticulous attention to detail. He was also known for his ability to get the best performance out of his actors, and he worked with many respected performers such as Laurence Olivier, Dirk Bogarde, and Julie Christie.
Gough Lewis was an important figure in the British film industry, and his films remain influential and highly regarded. He died in 1989, but his legacy lives on in his films and in the hearts of his admirers.