[Transcribed from handwritten notes. DS]
Born in a Scottish castle; boarding school, Eton and Oxford University, History, Philosophy. Acting. London in War. Bexhill. Wanted to write; steeplechase rider; actor, professional then journalist. Daily Sketch [newspaper DS]; 50s schooldays, Cheltenham Gloucester Echo Drama Critic; 10 years Guardian Theatre [Critic]; Philip Hope Wallace, Brian Redhead, Michael Elliston, Feature Sub-editor Manchester Hetherington Racing correspondent; Richard Roud, early 60s. Award Critic of the Year! Took over from Richard Roud. 25 years age, cinemagoers. Attitude, critics, Gov BFI, London Festival Presidents Worlds Film Critics. Value of BFI. Present difficulties of BFI. Labour Party. Film festivals. London Film Festival change; Sheila Whitaker [BEHP Interview No 385 DS]; Edinburgh. Renewed itself. Critics present situation, hands tied.
Film stars and makers; Robert Mitcham; Directors; trials of critics; What critics should be; atmosphere of films and culture; Hollywood; possibilities of cinema; morality, lies about life; Ken Loach; Tarantino; destructive culture. Is Rock (?) more relevant? False values from Hollywood. Future? Better education needed. Sense & Sensibility; Trainspotting.