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About Peter Collinson
<Archive obituary> <The Guardian>
<December 20, 1980>
The British film director Peter Collinson, who early in his career scored a large popular success with the comedy, "The Italian Job", has died of cancer in Los Angeles, aged 44.
Mr Collinson, who was born in Lincolnshire, began his directing career in the theatre, and on television. His first work for the cinema was "The Penthouse" in 1967, a film which attracted some opprobrium for its sex and violence.
He subsequently directed "Up the Junction" a somewhat glamorised version of Nell Dunn's novel about a well-to-do young woman going to live in working class Battersea, and "The Long Day's Dying", a grim wartime anecdote.
After the success oF "The Italian Job" he moved into more spectacular subject matter, in such adventure films as "You Can't Win 'Em All", with Tony Curtis and Charles Bronson, and the European-made Western, "A Man Called Noon" with Stephen Boyd.
He also directed several horror movies, including "Fright" and "Straight On Til Morning", as well as an indifferent remake of Robert Siodmak's classic gothic thriller "The Spiral Staircase".His last film was "The Earthling", due to be released next spring.
Mr Collinson is survived by a widow, Hazel, and two sons aged 13 and 10.