Director Nicolas Roeg dies aged 90
Director and cinematographer Nicolas Roeg, the man behind films such as Performance and Don't Look Now, has died at the age of 90.
Perhaps best-known for directing David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth, Roeg began his career in the film industry as a tea boy at Marleybone studios, gradually working his way up before being handed his big break by director David Lean, who hired Roeg as a cinematographer on films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago.
Roeg's own directorial debut came in 1970 with Performance, which starred Mick Jagger and was co-directed by writer Donald Cammel. Throughout the next two decades Roeg would continue to build an impressive portfolio of movies including Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Castaway and a 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches.
Roeg did on Friday night, according to a statement from his son, Nicolas Roeg Jr. The announcement of his death had prompted tributes from those who knew and worked with him, with Donald Sutherland describing him as “a fearless visionary” and adding: "He was a liberating joy to work for. I fell in love with him then and will love him forever."
Plenty more tributes to Roeg have poured into social media since the announcement of his death, some of which you can find below...
Farewell to the extraordinary cinematic talent, director Nicolas Roeg. His films hypnotized me for years and still continue to intrigue. Along with classics like Performance & Walkabout, I could watch Don't Look Now on a loop & never tire of its intricacies. A master of the art. pic.twitter.com/fXB7GPwOL9— edgarwright (@edgarwright) 24 November 2018
When discussing Nicolas Roeg don’t forget his— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) 24 November 2018
contribution to this masterpiece “Petulia” on which he was the cinematographer for director Richard Lester. The movie almost feels like a practice lap for Roeg’s mind bending later films pic.twitter.com/pO1IMU9lYp
Good buy Nicolas Roeg ... you were one of the greats... only a few years ago you told me a story of when David Lean asked you if you thought he was “old fashion” - you took a beat and replayed “yes”...❤️— Nicolas Winding Refn (@NicolasWR) 25 November 2018
Nicolas Roeg, having been a cinematographer, broke fresh ground (first alongside Donald Cammell) by creating a lyrical, literary "unstuck in time" editing technique that allowed characters to exist in flash forward/flash back cinematic spaces. Trapped in Borgesian film labyrinths pic.twitter.com/KLdPAolEuL— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) 24 November 2018
Just heard another great storyteller, the inimitable Nicolas Roeg left us today. What an incredible body of work he’s left us with!— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) 24 November 2018
All my love to his family.
Thank you for making so many brave choices, & giving this strange little lad in pajamas an ongoing love of filmmaking. pic.twitter.com/QVg2znq3Rs