British director and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for the 1984 film The Getting rid of Fields. He previously his first performing role at age twenty-two in the film Romeo and Juliet from 1968. He was an alcoholic who relapsed while directing The Rum Journal, though he ended drinking following the movie was completed. He wedded his second wife Sophie Windham in 1984. He aimed Johnny Depp in the 2011 humor The Rum Journal.