Vale: Nicholas Roeg

UK director Nicolas Roeg, best known for Don’t Look Now, Walkabout and Performance has died, aged 90.

He died last week in the UK.

In a career spanning six decades, he was celebrated for his original and controversial film-making.

His breakthrough came in 1964 when he worked as a cinematographer on Roger Corman’s film The Masque of the Red Death, an adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe short story, starring Vincent Price.

His 1973 psychological thriller Don’t Look Now caused controversy for its graphic sex scenes.

Roeg also directed Mick Jagger in the crime drama Performance and David Bowie in the science fiction movie The Man Who Fell To Earth.

Walkabout in 1971 starred Jenny Agutter and his young son, Luc Roeg, as two white children escaping from their murderous father, who are befriended by an aboriginal teenager. Roeg’s shots of the desert and its wildlife produced images that one critic described as being “of almost hallucinogenic intensity”, and he coupled this with his talent of improvising and mixing scenes and events to build the finished picture.

Other film credits include Eureka, Bad Timing, Insignificance, Castaway, and The Witches.

He also directed several telemovies including Sweet Bird of Youth, Full Body Massage, miniseries Samson & Delilah, and an episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

Source: BBC.

One Comment:

  1. His films are oft shown on TV here-‘Walkabout’ has been on 3 different channels over the years (currently NITV)-the only one I can’t remember being on at some point would be ‘Performance’.
    He also worked on ‘Lawrence Of Arabia’ as a cinematographer on that masterpiece.

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