While in his teens, Guy Green was hired to work as a clapper boy for a firm that made advertising films. He went into partnership operating a photographic portrait studio and then at age 20 entered the British film industry. Working his way up from camera assistant to camera operator to director of photography. In 1942, he was camera operator for "In Which We Serve," the patriotic documentary-like drama fashioned by Noel Coward and co-directed by Coward and David Lean. After serving a similar function on the Powell-Pressburger "One of Our Aircraft Is Missing" (also 1942), he shot his first feature, "Escape to Danger" (1943). Lean tapped him as director of photography for "Great Expectations" (1946) and Green's mood-enhancing work earned an Oscar. He and Lean had another triumph with "Oliver Twist" (1948). From the opening shots of an impending storm through to the film's last sequence, the expert camerawork garnered almost universal praise. He continued to provide fine work on films like "The Story of Robin Hood" (1952) and "Decameron Nights" (1953).
Green segued to the director's chair with the modest thriller "River Beat" (1954). But he excelled at social dramas ranging from the underrated "The Angry Silence" (1960), about a strike organizer, "The Mark" (1961), with Stuart Whitman in an Oscar-nominated portrayal of a sex offender whose past is held against him, and "A Patch of Blue" (1965), an interracial love story starring Sidney Poitier and Elizabeth Hartman. Many of his later features were on par with soap opera (e.g. "A Walk in the Spring Rain" 1970) or flat-out camp (i.e., "Once Is Not Enough" 1975). Green capped off his directing career with a series of TV-movies, generally built around strong female leads.
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Worked as a clapper boy for advertising films
Returned to working in the film industry
First credit as director of photography, "The Immortal Swan"
First screen collaboration with David Lean, as camera operator on "In Which We Serve"
Shot David Lean's "Great Expectations"; won Best Cinematography Oscar
Served as cinematographer for Lean's "Oliver Twist"
Film director "River Boat"
Co-wrote and directed "Portrait of Alison/Postmark for Danger"
Helmed "The Mark", featuring Stuart Whitman as a ex-con
Wrote and directed the social drama "A Patch of Blue", co-starring Sidney Poitier, Elizabeth Hartman and Shelley Winters
Directed the soapy "Once Is Not Enough"
Final film, "The Devil's Advocate"
First TV-movie, "The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel" (CBS)
Helmed the syndicated miniseries "Arthur Hailey's 'Strong Medicine'"