By 1949, Muriel Box had become a British film director. Her first assignment, 1949's THE LOST PEOPLE, was a post World War 2 drama that featured a screen newcomer named Richard Attenborough. A year after she directed Shelley Winters, she directed the exquisite screen comedienne Kay Kendall and Peter Finch in a TV satire that's perfect fare for Christmastime viewing. It's 1955's SIMON AND LAURA. It focuses on TV in its early days, celebrity status and marriage. Two sophisticated actors are married. A new BBC TV producer comes up with the idea of making their unscripted home life a show. Yes, it's what we now call "reality television." However, the producer doesn't know that their marriage has gone sour. And they don't tell the producer because they really need the money.
Writer/Director Muriel Box gave moviegoers a male 40-year-old virgin about 40 years before Hollywood did in a hit comedy starring Steve Carell.
Oscar winning screenwriter and film director Muriel Box needs to remembered and added to the Women In Film conversation.