Hollywood vet worked on 'Inserts,' 'Mussolini'

Producer Clive Parsons, who produced films by Bill Forsyth, Lindsay Anderson and Franco Zeffirelli, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 12 in England. He was 66.

Starting with “Inserts” in 1975, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Bob Hoskins, Parsons, with his long time business partner Davina Belling, produced or developed 20 feature films including Forsyth’s “Gregory’s Girl” and “Comfort and Joy,” Anderson’s “Britannia Hospital,” and films such as the controversial “Scum,” “Breaking Glass,” “A Business Affair,” “True Blue,” and “I Am David.” Parsons also co-produced Zeffirelli’s “Tea With Mussolini” and “Callas Forever.”

During their 38 year-long partnership, Parsons and Belling were, for a time, also affiliated with Kings Road Productions in  the U.S., where Parsons was president for three years during the time it produced “All of Me” and “The Big Easy.”

Parsons was born in Woking, Surrey and read law at Oxford. Following a stint in a Canadian publishing company, he entered the film business at Paramount Pictures in London in the legal department. He later segued to Warner Bros, Europe as head of business affairs.

In 1971, he and Belling formed Film and General Productions which initially was set up to provide seed money for producers developing feature products. The success of their development fund eventually led to their developing and producing their own projects.

In addition to their work in features, Parsons and Belling also produced childrens’ TV series in England including the award-winning “The Queens Nose,” which ran for seven years on the BBC, and “The Giblet Boys” on ITV, for which they won the BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama of 2005/2006. For Hallmark Television they produced a two-part series on the life of Hans Christian Andersen as well as a number of other TV specials, mini series and TV movies for ITV and the BBC.

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