Nicolas Roeg (1928 – 2018)
Born in London, Nicolas Roeg began work as a trainee film editor and cinematographer, working on many productions in the 1950s and ‘60s.
His career as a brilliantly original director began with the controversial Performance (1970), whose release was delayed due to its explicit scenes of drug-taking. His next, strikingly different film, Walkabout, starring Jenny Agutter, was shot on visually stunning locations in the Australian outback.
He followed this with what is recognised as one of the finest psychological suspense thrillers ever filmed, Don’t Look Now (1973) starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland as the married couple in Venice, grieving the loss of their young daughter.
His subsequent, bewitching films included The Man Who Fell to Earth, an early lead role for David Bowie; Bad Timing, the first of several thrillers starring Theresa Russell; and a fine Roald Dahl adaptation, The Witches (1990), which starred Anjelica Huston.
His death in November 2018 brought many tributes from actors and fellow filmmakers influenced by his work.