Nicolas Roeg Has Passed Away

2018/11/25 00:40:08 +00:00 | Derek Anderson

A wholly unique creative mind behind the camera, filmmaker Nicolas Roeg has passed away at the age of 90.

Multiple outlets, including BBC, report the news of Roeg's passing, with his son, Nicolas Jr., confirming that his dad passed away on Friday, November 23rd.

Roeg worked as a cinematographer on a multitude of films in the 1960s (including the 1966 adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451) before co-directing his first feature, Performance, in 1970. After that, there was no looking back for Roeg, who went on to helm more than 15 movies over the next four decades.

An endlessly imaginative filmmaker with a bold vision, Roeg's movies didn't just entertain viewers, they left indelible, profound marks on their psyches. Decades after their releases, movies such as Walkabout, The Man Who Fell to Earth (starring David Bowie), and Bad Timing continue to be exemplary cinematic efforts admired by filmmakers and viewers alike.

Roeg will always hold a special place in the hearts of horror lovers in particular for directing 1973's Don't Look Now and the 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches—two movies that have stood the test of time for their powerful performances and uncompromising creative visions. Donald Sutherland, the lead actor of Don't Look Now, shared his remembrance of Roeg (via BBC):

"He is a fearless visionary, always was, always will be. He was a liberating joy to work for. I fell in love with him then and will love him forever."

Our thoughts are with Roeg's family and friends during this difficult time. While there may never be another director quite like Roeg, his approach to the art of filmmaking will live on to inspire and influence future (and current) generations of filmmakers.

Below are remembrances of Roeg from two of those filmmakers who have been inspired by his work: Edgar Wright and Duncan Jones.

Source: BBC
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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

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