Londoner of the Day: Film director Nicolas Roeg
16:27 02 December 2011
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Acclaimed British director Nicolas Roeg is being honoured for his outstanding contribution to film-making.
The Don’t Look Now director is to receive the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film from the London Film Critics’ Circle.
London-born Roeg admitted the recognition had taken him by surprise, when it was announced today.
“This award has truly amazed me and certainly caught me a bit left-footed.”
The veteran film-maker won critical acclaim for his first film Performance, which he co-directed with Donald Cammell in 1970 and has gone on to make cult classics Walkabout, Don’t Look Now and The Man Who Fell to Earth.
In his career of more than 40 years Roeg has worked with Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Julie Christie, Anjelica Houston and Oliver Reed, to name but a few.
He directed a big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches in 1990, produced by Jim Henson and starring Angelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson.
He said: “I’m sure the critics will understand when I say - on looking through and reading some of my old reviews, I’m torn between thanking you and forgiving you.
“But having slept on it, I’ll go with the positive and thank you all and hope that in the countdown for the decision of the Critics’ Circle to give me a tribute, some old mathematical rule applied where two negatives can sometimes make a positive.”
Don’t Look Now, starring Donald Sutherland and Christie is one of the most haunting films ever made thanks to the unforgettable image of a little girl in a red coat running through the streets of Venice.
His most recent film Puffball in 2007 saw him reunite with Sutherland for the dark drama starring Kelly Reilly and Miranda Richardson.
Chairman of The Critics’ Circle film section Jason Solomons said: “Nic Roeg’s films stand out as one of the most distinctive and influential bodies of work of any British film maker. I am thrilled that he can now join the list of illustrious honourees of the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema - he adds mischief, daring and brilliance to it, as well as the sort of maverick artistic spirit that only cinema can liberate.”
The award will be presented to Roeg at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on January 19 at BFI Southbank.
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