This talk will be an illustrated journey of discovery through the cinematic life of a modest man, universally regarded as one of the “greats” of our profession. Double Oscar winner for The Killing Fields and The Mission, nominated for The Reader, Chris Menges has amassed one of the most impressive filmmaking CV’s of the last half century.
In his fascinating earlier career he was regarded as Britain’s most accomplished documentary cameraman. Chris Menges is now revered as one of Britain’s greatest working cinematographers. Among the directors with whom he has collaborated are Ken Loach, Stephen Frears, and Roland Joffe. Neil Jordan, Stephen Daldry, Tommy Lee Jones.
“Tone is more important than technique.” – Christopher J Menges.
Imago and the BSC are grateful to Camerimage for the opportunity to present this discussion.
Menges began his career in the 1960s as camera operator for documentaries. Kes, directed by Ken Loach, was his first film as cinematographer. He was also behind the camera on Stephen Frears' first feature film Gumshoe in 1971.
Chris Menges, Manaki Brothers Film Festival Video