British screenwriter and playwright Charles Wood, best known for”The Knack,””Tumbledown” and”Iris,” has died at the time of 87.
His departure, on Saturday, has been supported to Variety by his own representative Sue Rodgers in Independent Talent.
Born to a theatre family, he started working in his regional theater when he was a teenager. After analyzing theatrical style at art school, he spent a long time at the British military. Following an range of tasks, he started to write professionally from 1959, together with the conclusion of his drama”Prisoner and Escort,” drawing his military experience.
His first screenplay was 1965 humor”The Knack… and How to Get It,” according to Anne Jellicoe’s play. Directed by Richard Lester, also starring Rita Tushingham and Michael Crawford, it won the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Wood was nominated for the BAFTA for British screenplay.
One of many movies with Lester, Wood worked 1965 Beatles movie”Help!” ; 1967 wartime comedy”How I Won the War,” starring Michael Crawford and John Lennon; 1969 humor”The Bed Sitting Room,” an adaptation of a play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus, starring Tushingham, Ralph Richardson and Peter Cook; also 1979 guerrilla thriller”Cuba,” starring Sean Connery.
Wood additionally co-wrote Tony Richardson’s 1968 interval war epic”The Charge of the Light Brigade.”
Wood wrote the screenplays for three functions about composers, led by Tony Palmer:”Wagner” (1983), starring Richard Burton and Vanessa Redgrave;”Puccini” (1984); and”England, My England” (1995), finishing John Osborne’s screenplay about Henry Purcell.
One of his most small-screen credits was 1988’s Falklands War play”Tumbledown,” directed by Richard Eyre, starring Colin Firth, also made by Richard Broke. It won the BAFTA for best single play.
Wood was nominated in the BAFTAs for best single play for 1994’s”A Breed of Heroes,” about British soldiers in Northern Ireland.
He wrote the script for Mike Newell’s 1995 romantic comedy”An Awfully major Adventure,” adapted from Beryl Bainbridge’s book, about a theatre troupe at Liverpool. It starred Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Georgina Cates.
Wood co-wrote using Eyre the script for Eyre’s 2001 movie”Iris,” about novelist Iris Murdoch. It starred Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and Kate Winslet, and all three were Oscar nominated, together with Broadbent winning. Wood and Eyre have been BAFTA nominated for adapted screenplay.
Wood additionally co-wrote with Eyre that the 2008 thriller”Another Man,” starring Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas and Laura Linney.
Wood is survived by his wife, former actress Valerie Newman, along with his daughter, screenwriter Kate Wood.
Pictured: Richard Eyre, Richard Broke and Charles Wood (right) in the BAFTAs at 1989.