A new book about John Coates, the producer on Ethel and Ernest, is about to be published. (Book launch date 21st Sept 2011)
Written by Marie Beardmore this intimate biography takes the reader on a journey through John’s early life, his years as an army officer in the 11th Hussars in World War II, and his postwar life as a distributor for Rank films throughout Asia, before returning to England and eventually taking over TV Cartoons. John Coates is best known as the producer of The Snowman, When the Wind Blows, Wind in the Willows, Willows in Winter, and Famous Fred, and as the man behind the Beatles film Yellow Submarine. With a foreword by Raymond Briggs and an epilogue by John Coates himself, this abundantly illustrated work also includes a DVD of selections from the animated films he has produced.
Cover Illustration by Loraine Marshall