Cult film di­rec­tor Roeg dies aged 90

Sunday Express - - SPECIAL INVESTIGATION - By Tony Whit­field

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

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