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Don Sharp

Don Sharp

(1922 – 2011)

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(1922 – 2011)

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This is an online tribute dedicated to Don Sharp. Donald Herman "Don" Sharp was an Australian-born British film director.
His most famous films were made for Hammer Studios in the 1960s, and included The Kiss of the Vampire (1962) and Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1965). Also in 1965 he directed The Face of Fu Manchu, based on the character created by Sax Rohmer, here played by Christopher Lee. Don Sharp also directed the first sequel The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966). In the 1980s he was also responsible for several hugely popular miniseries adapted from the novels of Barbara Taylor Bradford.
Don Sharp was born in Hobart, Tasmania and attended St Virgil's College. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force
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on 7 April 1941 and was discharged on 17 March 1944 at the rank of corporal.
After the war he worked as an actor on stage and radio throughout Australia and in Japan. He then moved to England where he produced and co-wrote a film, Ha'penny Breeze (1950). He continued to act with small roles in such films as The Planter's Wife (1952) and The Cruel Sea (1953). He also played the character Stephen "Mitch" Mitchell in the 1953 British science fiction radio series, Journey Into Space, but began to turn increasingly to writing and directing.
Don Sharp directed the first British rock 'n' roll movie, The Golden Disc (1958), released a year before the Cliff Richard vehicle Expresso Bongo (1959) and a full two
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years ahead of Beat Girl (1960). In Psychomania (1971), Don Sharp creates a visual fugue by riffing on the great themes of the counter-culture era: bikers, standing stones and ritual magic.
Among his other credits are Curse of the Fly, the spy-comedy Our Man in Marrakesh (1966), the fantasy Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon (1967) and the 1978 remake of The Thirty Nine Steps, starring Robert Powell. He made another foray into spy culture with his feature-length reprise of the gritty Cold War TV drama, Callan (1974) starring Edward Woodward.
Don Sharp died on the 18th December 2011. This is an online memorial created in honour of his life and his work. May he rest in peace.
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This is an online tribute dedicated to Don Sharp. Donald Herman "Don" Sharp was an Australian-born British film director.
His most famous films were made for Hammer Studios in the 1960s, and included The Kiss of the Vampire (1962) and Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1965). Also in 1965 he directed The Face of Fu Manchu, based on the character created by Sax Rohmer, here played by Christopher Lee. Don Sharp also directed the first sequel The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966). In the 1980s he was also responsible for several hugely popular miniseries adapted from the novels of Barbara Taylor Bradford.
Don Sharp was born in Hobart, Tasmania and attended St Virgil's College. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force...

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