Guy Lochhead, 23/07/10
English film and theatre director. He started out in the British New Wave, making ‘kitchen sink dramas’ like ‘Billy Liar’, before directing American stars and finding fame with ‘Midnight Cowboy’. ‘Billy Liar’ is a brilliant film, and Schlesinger must be respected for his involvement so early on in the British New Wave, and for his pioneering realistic portrayal of same-sex relationships, but I don’t want to include his films. I would include Billy Liar, but there are some things about the way the characters act around Julie Christie’s character that put me off.