web analytics

Albert Finney

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, February 9th, 2019 - 15 comments
Categories: film - Tags: , ,

Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not.

English actor Albert Finney had died, aged 82.

Finney’s career was astonishing; his breakthrough was in the lead role in ‘kitchen sink’ drama Saturday Night, Sunday Morning in 1960.

Over the next 50 years he starred in a kaleidoscope of roles; Tom Jones, Scrooge, Hercule Poirot, Annie’s Daddy Warbucks, Winston Churchill, lawyer Ed Masry in Erin Brockovich, Leo O’Bannon in Millers Crossing, the list is long and starred.

5 times nominated for an Oscar, he never won. However, his films often did pick up awards, which might indicate how seamlessly he played his roles. He was an integral part of the movies he made, but never flashy or actorly.

Finney used his success to help others get their start in the film game. He bankrolled and publicised the early works of Lindsay Anderson (If… and its follow-up O Lucky Man!) and Mike Leigh’s 1971 debut Bleak Moments.

Albert Finney will always be remembered as one of cinemas ‘angry young men’. The late fifties and early sixties in British stage and cinema were dominated by plays and films that were not just reflective of post war life, but actively dismissive of the pillars of the state and society.

In 1957, British PM Harold Macmillan said the people have never had it so good.

Finney’s cynical machinist Arthur Seaton said we’ve never had it at all.

 

 

 

 

15 comments on “Albert Finney ”

  1. patricia bremner 1

    He certainly had a variety of roles in cinema and stage. Always believable, Should have had an Oscar. Scrooge Hercule Poirot and Winston Churchill, three memorable roles played by an interesting man. Well done Albert Finney. We will raise a glass to you, and watch a few of your movies. Thanks Te Reo Putake.

  2. greywarshark 2

    After watching the WW1 They shall never gow old by Peter Jackson and team,
    at the end of which those who had survived came back to Brit and were turned down for jobs, not much help, no-one understanding what hell they had been put through and survived, the whole schemozzle (great Yiddish word), having been a separate affair from real life back at home, I have a feeling for the background of the machinist.

    In 1957, British PM Harold Macmillan said the people have never had it so good.
    Finney’s cynical machinist Arthur Seaton said we’ve never had it at all.

  3. Ad 3

    Nice job in Skyfall Albert.

  4. Marla Hughes 4

    He was absolutely wonderful in “Under the Volcano.” Finney declined Royal honours, thinking them snobbish. From all I’ve ever read or heard about him, he was a lovely human being. RIP

  5. greywarshark 5

    I connect Finney with Alan Sillitoe author of Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (1958).

    There were some deep thinking books about the nature of society and relationships then.

    And John Braine’s book Room at the Top – 1957. Made into an acclaimed film.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_at_the_Top_(1959_film)

    And also Alfie, book by Bill Naughton a play and film 1966 (I think) and the book came later. ‘The best ever novel for men | Books | The Guardian”‘ But the
    popular male actor in the film was Michael Caine. It also had a hit theme song.

    Bill Naughton’s brief bio says a lot about the chances for an ordinary bloke in that time to get on in life, but now where are the jobs to get started.

    Bill Naughton –his full name was William John Francis Naughton—was a popular ‘working class’ author and playwright who was born in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, Ireland in June 1910 and died in early January 1992 in Ballasalla, Isle of Man.

    He was four years old when his family moved to Bolton, Lancashire, where, after leaving school around 1924, he worked as a weaver, coal-bagger and lorry-driver, enjoying a variety of experience and knowledge before starting to write with a rare honesty and perception about ‘ordinary’ people.

    Although ‘Alfie’ is the play with which he will always be associated, mostly because of the film starring Michael Caine, he was a prolific writer of quality work which included such notable plays as ‘My Flesh My Blood’, ‘All In Good Time’; plus novels, short stories and children’s books. Two other plays were made into films –‘Spring and Port Wine’, with James Mason as Rafe Crompton, and ‘The Family Way’, which starred John Mills. His work also included ‘One Small Boy’, ‘A Roof Over Your Head’, and short story collections such as ‘Late Night on Watling Street’ ‘The Bees Have Stopped Working’, and ‘The Goalkeeper’s Revenge’. Among his most popular autobiographical works, well worth seeking out, are ‘On The Pig’s Back’ and ‘Saintly Billy’.

  6. swordfish 6

    “The late fifties and early sixties in British stage and cinema were dominated by plays and films that were not just reflective of post war life, but actively dismissive of the pillars of the state and society.”

    Yep. While middle class hippies would have you believe everything was deeply conservative and conformist up until they made a bit of a splash in the summer of 1967 … the reality is that the late 50s / early 60s era was at least as decisive a turning point. Certainly in the arts … but also arguably in social mores too.

    Probably in part fuelled by the rise of post-war consumer society and the inevitable backlash against McCarthyism. Arrival of ‘The Pill’ right at the start of the 60s playing its own decisive role, of course.

    • Ad 6.1

      Fuelled by a Labour government that represented and funded the working class and its media representation.

      • greywarshark 6.1.1

        And alsd by a possibly latent resentment against the post-WW2 austerity (they were still rebuilding and paying back the USA lease-lend financial commitments.
        As rationing continued and things were sslow to improve there would have been a feeling of ‘I thought we were fighting for a decent life in a free country and it isn’t turning out that way’.

        • swordfish 6.1.1.1

          Yep. There’s a good argument that it was the Korean War that finally did for the Attlee Govt. They’d promised to end the more cumbersome rationing (& thus the worst of austerity) by a certain date & then very suddenly had to renege as a consequence of all the extra military expenditure (in order to both sustain their alliance with the US … and avoid Red Smears from the Conservatives in the intense Cold War atmosphere).

          Some historians have argued that that was the breaking point for a decisive minority of erstwhile Labour voters – especially women. A chunk of Labour’s new (1945) middle class supporters swung back to the Tories at the 1950 Election … in 1951 it was disproportionately women who crossed the divide.

      • swordfish 6.1.2

        Not in Britain, Australia or Canada. All Tory Govts.

        (and it was very much the UK I was thinking of (Albert Finney / Kitchen Sink dramas) rather than NZ – Tory Govt from 1951-64 in UK)

        Not sure the New Zealand working class had all that much in the way of media representation, Ad. The Wellington-based Labour-aligned Paper The Southern Cross had folded back in 1951 & I think I’m right in suggesting The Standard had disappeared by 1960 (thus barely flourishing during the Nash Govt).

        WWII, of course, itself playing a decisive role. Took a wee while to fully manifest but subterranean disenchantment with the Post-War order had been bubbling away since the mid 40s. You can usually expect some sort of social shake up in the aftermath of massive sacrifice.

        • Ad 6.1.2.1

          Wasn’t aware that Albert Finney came from New Zealand, but I know you can explain the relevance.

          There’s plenty of good studies on how the working class were represented in British cinema, and of course how British film was funded by the state – even under the Tories after Attlee. Labour strengthened the cultural institutions, the Conservatives as ever just continued them.

          Sure there are plenty of “Kitchen Sink” variants, but not all of it is a reaction formation. Most of it got made because there was good funding, and new writers were making it into the four new television franchises from 1954. From which we got the great Coronation Street.

          • swordfish 6.1.2.1.1

            Wasn’t aware that Albert Finney came from New Zealand, but I know you can explain the relevance.

            What th’ bleedin hell ??? … I feel like I’ve just been ambushed in a perfectly executed pincer movement by a rising young Party activist at the top of his game.

            Obviously there’s been some sort of absolutely ghastly misunderstanding.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkeEE2JzynA

    • SHG 6.2

      But the era in which the Baby Boomers reached adulthood was the most important era of human history, Baby Boomers wouldn’t lie about such a thing.

  7. Marcus Morris 7

    First saw him in Saturday Night and Sunday Moring and he was superb in Tom Jones. A brilliant actor and sadly missed.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago