Sir David Lean CBE
(1908-1991)

Died aged c. 83

Sir David Lean, CBE (25 March 1908 – 16 April 1991) was an English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, responsible for large-scale epics such as The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965). He also directed adaptations of Dickens novels Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948), as well as the romantic drama Brief Encounter (1945). Lauded by directors such as Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick, Lean was voted 9th greatest film director of all time in the British Film Institute Sight & Sound "Directors' Top Directors" poll in 2002. Nominated seven times for the Academy Award for Best Director, which he won twice for The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia, he has three films in the top five of the British Film Institute's Top 100 British Films and was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1990. - DbPedia

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Photo of David Lean and Brief Encounter film cell plaque
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Photo of David Lean blue plaque
Sue Edmond on Wikimedia Commons