RIP – Ronald Harwood

(Photograph Credit: Pathé Distribution)

This year is full of sad losses and it makes us, even sadder to report them all. The loss of the weak is Ronald Harwood, South African-born British author, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser (for which he was nominated for an Oscar).

The Pianist, for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. One of the recurring themes in Harwood’s work was his fascination for the stage, its artists and artisans as displayed in the ‘The Dresser’, his plays ‘After the Lions’ (about Sarah Bernard),’Another time’ (about a gifted piano player),

‘Quartet’ (about aging opera singers) and his non-fiction book ‘All the world’s a stage’, a general history of theater. Harwood also has a strong interest in the WWII period, as highlighted by the films ‘Operation Daybreak’, ‘The Statement’, ‘The Pianist’, and his play turned to film ‘Taking Sides’.

He also wrote “Australia”, “Being Julia” and also adapted “Oliver Twist”.

Credit: Mensur Zeinal

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