Herbie Wise Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Herbert Wise

Interviewed by: Mike Newell

Herbert Wise is a British feature and television director best known for his mini-series and movies for television work including I, Claudius (1976), Vienna 1900 (1975), The Norman Conquests (1978), Skokie (1981), and The Woman in Black (1989). After finishing a stint as a Met Air Observer for the Royal Air Force during World War II, Wise transitioned into stage acting, where he discovered and honed his directorial skills.

Wise discusses the terms he set forth before directing the entirety of I, Claudius, and when he began to realize the show was going to be a success.

Wise recounts how a fellow director, Stanley Kubrick, reached out to him for advice while shooting 2001.

Why interviews instead of readings work better for Wise when he is casting.