A tribute to Maurice Phillips

Maurice Phillips died a year ago on June 2 at a ridiculously young age. He was a great friend and hugely talented director and writer for Film and TV. 

We first met back in 1984 at one of Paul Cowan’s legendary parties in Bampton. He was successful but self-deprecating and a lot of laughs. I worked with him as a music supervisor on two TV series he was directing – ‘Vanishing Man’ with Neil Morrissey and ‘Beck’ starring Amanda Redmond. I also had the pleasure of working for many years with him on a co-written screenplay called ‘The Ex’, an inverted Basic Instinct idea that we both liked but never quite finished.

He was a lovely guy, laid back, generous, great fun, easy to be around and easy work with or for. His television directorial credits are considerable. Silent Witness, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dalziel and Pascoe, Wild at Heart, Signs & Wonders….. let alone two wonderfully left-field movies: ‘Enid is Missing’ starring Elizabeth Perkins and the cult movie ‘The American Way’, starring Dennis Hopper, Michael J Fox etc.

Maurice had a terrific eye for detail, the big picture, drama, beauty and what makes us all tick. He was loved and admired by many people and is still sadly missed. I was really pleased to be involved in a memorial service for him last September 2012 at the Coronet cinema in London’s Notting Hill Gate. Below you’ll find the updated compilation reel on YouTube that was made to celebrate his work.

Watch out for Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito in the Billy Ocean video and a cameo appearance by Maurice himself opposite future wife Elizabeth Perkins in ‘Enid is Sleeping’.

Wherever you are Maurice, hope you are having fun and a drink of something interesting while looking down on us with that wry smile.

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