What a show we have lined up for you tonight… I can’t wait to get to chat to film maker and old film school buddy of mine, Craig McCall. He has spent the last decade making this extraordinary documentary about cinematographer Jack Cardiff, trailer above (and in HD so make it full screen). Craig was given amazing access to Jack, his life, his friends and his archives. For any film maker, the documentary is like a masterclass in the art of cinema.
And check out those cameras! REALLY! Next time you have ANY complaint about a camera you are using, just remember this photo of Jack and that he managed to shoot some of the most beloved footage and films using it. On the flipside is the story of how he shot ‘The African Queen’ with just two lights and a minimal crew, all on location in Africa.
Here’s what the press pack says about the film…
Cameraman illuminates a unique figure in British and international cinema, Jack Cardiff, a man whose life and career are inextricably interwoven with the history of cinema spanning nine decades of moving pictures’ ten. The phrase “legend” is all too frequently used in Hollywood, yet Jack Cardiff’s story surely proves him truly worthy of that title.
On March 25, 2001, fifty-four years after winning his first Oscar® for his stunning Technicolor cinematography on Black Narcissus, Jack Cardiff was the first Cinematographer ever presented with an Honorary Oscar® for:
“exceptional distinction in lifetime achievement; exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences; and for outstanding services to the Academy.”
In this unique insight into Jack’s life and work, the master himself explains how he helped elevate cinematography to an art form and made history with his groundbreaking vision and technical wizardry in A Matter Of Life And Death, The Red Shoes, The African Queen, The Vikings and many others.
Amongst many fascinating revelations and anecdotes in the film, Jack relates what it was like to work with Hollywood’s greatest icons, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas and Sophia Loren.(Jack photographed many of his leading actresses as a kind of hobby – pictured here is Monroe)
Martin Scorsese passionately guides us through Jack’s films and tells us why they have had such an influence on him. “I began to have a very strong affinity towards British Cinema, because of my recognition of Jack Cardiff’s name.”
Packed with stunning High Definition clips from classic movies and over twenty original interviews with the world’s greatest actors, directors and technicians, Cameraman explores Jack’s life and work in compelling detail, scope and intimacy.
I met Craig in Cannes this year where the film was in Official Selection, and he will tell us all about the wild ride that he enjoyed this year.
Right, don’t forget, the show is tonight, 7.30pm UK time! Here on the blog and on our Livestream page at http://www.livestream.com/guerillafilm
Below are two more clips from the film.
ABOVE – Truly amazing insight into the making of ‘The African Queen’ (with Jacks 16mm behind the scenes footage) and in many ways a masterclass in micro budget film making. He had just two lights! TWO!
ABOVE – Amazing and intimate photographs of the worlds most beautiful women… Jack spent a lifetime shooting and collecting these iconic images.
See you at 7.30 for the BEST SHOW YET!
Onwards and upwards!