Cult film director Roeg dies aged 90
NICOLAS ROEG, one of Britain’s most original film makers who made some of Britain’s top cult films of the 1970s has died aged 90.
The director, who never went to film school, often jumbled scenes and times and alternated between handheld and stationary cameras to make fragmented and distorted images.
He often exasperated the critics and gained a reputation as being hard on his actors, but he created a worldclass body of work.
Born in London in 1928, Roeg first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean’s film Lawrence Of Arabia.
However it was Roeg’s co-direction of Performance, starring Mick Jagger, that cemented his reputation.
Its scenes of violence and drug taking so frightened the studio it delayed its release for two years, until 1970.
His solo debut as director was Walkabout in 1971 which became infamous for the nude shots of the 17-yearold Jenny Agutter.
His most notable films included The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976) starring David Bowie.
Bowie’s son, the filmmaker Duncan Jones, wrote of Roeg on Twitter: “What an incredible body of work he’s left us with!”
WORLD CLASS: Nicolas Roeg