Oliver! + Q&A

Three cast members of Oliver! (1968), Carol Reed's Oscar-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist, are reunited for a panel discussion at BFI Southbank as part of the 2012 Dickens on Screen season.

Mark Lester (Oliver) talks about his experience of starring in a major film alongside established performers as a young boy, describing the cast and crew as "a big family". Kenneth Cranham (Noah Claypole) confesses to injuring himself in a stunt and keeping quiet for fear of losing his job. Ron Moody discusses his concerns about perpetuating an unfair image of Jewish people in his portrayal of Fagin, and describes how he consequently chose to play the character as a clown rather than a monster. He also treats the audience to a snippet of the song 'You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two'. All three actors remember Carol Reed very fondly, as both a warm-hearted individual and a brilliant filmmaker.


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