Seth Holt

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Interviewee on That Was the Week That Was

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  • Seth Holt was one of the most talented British film-makers of his generation, but also amongst the least lucky. He made his name as a film editor at Ealing Studios, later becoming an associate producer and then finally moving into direction. His first film, "Nowhere To Go" (1958) was described as "the most un-Ealing Ealing film ever made", a tense, downbeat thriller about a criminal on the run from both police and underworld. It gave Maggie Smith her first screen role and is now a minor classic, but at the time was a flop. In any case, Ealing was about to close down. Holt's next movie wasn't until 1961; to make ends meet, he returned to editing, made a few commercials and began directing occasional TV episodes. He made only five more films. He was repeatedly frustrated in his attempts to get various personal projects off the ground, and his life was complicated further by alcoholism. His last film was a Hammer horror movie, "Blood From The Mummy's Tomb" - about three-quarters of the way through filming, he suffered a fatal heart attack on set.moreless

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