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Anderson, Lindsay Gordon (1923–1994), film and theatre director, was born on 17 April 1923 at King Lodge, Bangalore, India, the second of the three sons of Major-General Alexander Vass Anderson (1895–1963) and his first wife, Estelle Bell, née Gasson (1898–1973). Both parents were Scottish, although his mother was born in ...

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Lindsay Gordon Anderson (1923–1994) by Lewis Morley, 1960 © Lewis Morley, courtesy of The Akehurst Bureau; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alexander Mackendrick (1912–1993) by John Deakin, c. 1954 © John Deakin Archive; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mackendrick, Alexander (1912–1993), film director, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 8 September 1912, the only son of Francis Robert (Frank) Mackendrick (d. 1918), shipbuilding draughtsman and civil engineer, and his wife, Martha, née Doig. Both parents were Scottish. His father died in the influenza epidemic of 1918, and his mother, attempting to establish a career as a dress designer, agreed to ...

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Vorhaus, Bernard (1904–2000), film director, was born on 25 December 1904 at 160 East 80th Street, New York city, the youngest of the four children of Louis Vorhaus, a lawyer born near Cracow, Galicia, and his wife, Joanna, née Cohn. The family was comfortably off; but good fortune did nothing to dull ...