RIP, the great Charles Wood

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Screenwriter of THE KNACK… AND HOW TO GET IT, HELP!, HOW I WON THE WAR, THE LONG DAY’S DYING, PETULIA (uncredited), THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, CUBA, AN AWFULLY BIG ADVENTURE, IRIS, THE OTHER MAN. Also uncredited: the English-language dub of FELLINI SATYRICON.

I was in touch with him a few times through his talented daughter Kate, and he was always very forthcoming and helpful. And what an amazing wordsmith.

11 Responses to “RIP, the great Charles Wood”

  1. Colin McLaren Says:

    Vey sad to hear this. I remember vividly the first time I saw The Knack on TV and the feeling it gave me. I was thrilled – his use of language was like discovering my favourite band.

  2. He deserves to be celebrated for his linguistic pyrotechnics alongside contemporaries like Pinter and Bennett. He really opens up fresh possibilities with words.

  3. W Stephen Gilbert Says:

    What a great and chronically neglected writer, for stage, cinema, radio and television. Help!, Drums Along the Avon, Fill the Stage with Happy Hours, Cuba, Tumbledown, Jingo, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Don’t Forget to Write, H, How I Won the War, Across from the Garden of Allah, Iris, The Conspiracy of Sèvres, Dingo, The Bed Sitting Room, Red Monarch, Veterans, Prisoner and Escort and so many more. It’s a roll call of genius.

  4. ehrenstein47 Says:

    He did indeed.

  5. Matthew Davis Says:

    Charles Wood was a name I sort of knew in 60s theatre, but your advocacy sent me out to track down his plays which was a great pleasure. So thank you for making me pay attention. For what little it’s worth I ended up adding most of the information and bibliography in his wikipedia page.

  6. Thank you! If you or anyone else has any contacts that would help get obituaries published in the papers, let me know, I’m trying to ensure that his accomplishments are acknowledged.

  7. I think Michael Coveney is on it for The Gurinada.

  8. RIP Charles Wood

    I can’t believe I missed this

    He was a terrific screenwriter, he had an inspired use of language, strong beliefs and a wonderful wit.

    He wrote nearly all of Richard Lester’s finest work, along with more mainstream films, “Tumbledown” and even an episode of “Inspector Morse” (which has a few good Woodian lines)

    I’m so sorry.

    I hope one day more of his screenplay become available to study.
    Film needs more like him, not less.

  9. Thank you.

    If you can travel, a lot of Mr. Wood’s work IS available for study — you have to go to York University where the archive is held.

  10. Kate Wood Says:

    My dad was a genius and the loveliest man in the world and it’s smashing to see so many people admiring his work. He sometimes felt invisible or forgotten – but he so clearly wasn’t.

  11. The Charge of the Light Brigade was probably the first grown-up film I went nuts over, and each time I have revisited it over the years I have been impressed all over again, in no small part due to the brilliant screenplay.

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