STARBURST is saddened to learn that legendary British film director Nicolas Roeg has died aged 90.
A highly influential filmmaker, he will likely be best remembered by genre fans for his films Don’t Look Now (1973), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches (1990).
He began his career behind the camera as second-unit cinematographer on David Lean’s masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia (1962). He worked on Dr Crippen (1962), Roger Corman’s The Masque of the Red Death (1964) and François Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451 (1966) and eventually moved on to become a director with his first credit being Performance (1970) alongside Donald Cammell. Other films include Walkabout, Bad Timing, and Eureka (1983).
Roeg’s style influenced many other hugely successful directors and enabled his films to favour repeat viewing. His final film was the supernatural drama Puffball in 2007, which reunited him with Don’t Look Now star Donald Sutherland.
STARBURST sends our thoughts to his family and friends.