British film Producer Frank Godwin’s incredible career in film began in the 1940′s and culminated with some of the most memorable films produced by the Children’s Film Foundation. Born in 1917 to a theatrical family, Frank’s first love was with the theatre and in particular, musical theatre. By day he was an accountant and by night he was a performer, writer and director with the celebrated left wing Unity Theatre.
But, by the mid 40′s, Frank invaded the world of film first working as an accountant for Gainsborough Studios and later the Rank Organisation. But Frank was first and foremost a creative producer, responsible amongst many other films, for the award-winning and groundbreaking Woman in a Dressing Gown in 1957. He also worked on (both as Producer, Director and Writer) some of the wonderful and iconic films with the Children’s Film Foundation such as Sammy’s Super T-Shirt, Sky Pirates, the Electric Eskimo and The Boy Who Never Was.
Frank never formally retired and maintained an office in London right into his nineties, still writing and working. He died on the 6th September 2012 and will be remembered by me as a constant source of inspiration; a man who refused to quit or give up and a man who never let age get in the way of his dreams.