January 2, 2017


Don Sharp (1922-2011) b. Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Don Sharp

Tasmanian-born director who began his career as an actor. Came to Britain after World War Two and went to work with Group Three. Began directing low budget thrillers and musicals in the mid 50s including The Golden Disc (1958), The Adventures of Hal 5 (1958), and It’s all Happening (1963), before graduating to genre films. His first for Hammer being The Kiss of the Vampire (1963).

Sharp was also responsible for the stunning second unit work on Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965) and Puppet on a Chain (1970), as well as such films as Witchcraft (1964), The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), Taste of Excitement (1969), Psychomania (1972), The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978) and Bear Island (1979). TV work includes the popular mini-series A Woman of Substance and TV sequels.

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