Monday, March 07, 2005

Otto Plaschkes - Obit - Times Online

Otto Plaschkes
Film producer whose Georgy Girl helped to set the tone for Sixties Swinging London

OTTO PLASCHKES was an Austrian-born Jew who escaped the Nazis in the Thirties and helped to define the image of Swinging London in the Sixties when he produced the film Georgy Girl. He worked with such varied British talents as David Lean, Harold Pinter and Ewan McGregor, and it is believed that William Golding used him as the model for the bespectacled schoolboy Piggy in Lord of the Flies, a claim the author apparently never denied...

...Subsequent films include the military drama The Bofors Gun (1968); Butley (1976), which starred Bates as a homosexual teacher and was directed by Harold Pinter; Hopscotch (1980), an espionage comedy with Glenda Jackson and Walter Matthau; and The Holcroft Covenant (1985), a thriller with Michael Caine. There were TV adaptations of The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles (both 1983), with Ian Richardson as Sherlock Holmes.