Attenborough as producer
Beaver Films and Allied Film Makers
in Richard Attenborough
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The start of Richard Attenborough's career as a filmmaker began during the 1950s, a decade which was his most prolific as an actor but one in which the British cinema entered a period of stagnation. The sharing of his concerns with fellow actor Bryan Forbes resulted in their decision to take control over their films by forming their own production company, Beaver Films. By employing Attenborough's financial acumen and Forbes's writing ability they combined their individual talents to form a creative production team with Beaver Films and later, as part of the independent production company, Allied Film Makers (AFM). The concept of Beaver Films originated during an enforced break in the filming of Sea of Sand caused by a sandstorm in the Libyan desert. Attenborough's association with Beaver Films and AFM was sufficient to establish him as a leading producer of the time.

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