Directed 3 actresses to Oscar nominations: Vanessa Redgrave (Best Actress, Morgan! (1966); Isadora (1968)), Meryl Streep (Best Actress, The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)), and Jessica Lange (Best Actress, Sweet Dreams (1985)).
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1970
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1983
One of the British "New Wave" directors.
Son of a Jewish lawyer who fled from Czechoslovakia to the UK to escape the Holocaust.