4.6.1911 – 1982
Photo caption: Gordon Dines (on stepladder) shooting 'The Blue Lamp'.
Founder member of the BSC
GORDON DINES BSC
British cinematographer Gordon Dines got his start as a teenage camera assistant in 1926 with British International Pictures at Elstree. By 1932 he had joined Associated Talking Pictures studios at Ealing as camera operator. ATP became Ealing Studios under Michael Balcon and Dines soon became a stalwart of the studio rising to director of photography after WWII on such classic films as: Nicholas Nickelby (1947 Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti), The Blue Lamp (1950 directed by Basil Dearden - won BAFTA Award for Best British Film) which gave rise to the classic and long running BBC Television series Dixon of Dock Green starring Jack Warner based on the character of the policeman played in the film and the TV show by Jack Warner, who is actually shot dead by the villain, Dirk Bogarde. Other Ealing credits include: Pool of London (1951 directed by Basil Dearden), The Cruel Sea (1953 Directed by Charles Frend – BAFTA Nomination for Best British Film), The Colditz Story (1955 Directed by Guy Hamilton).