Tony Pierce-roberts


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
Cheshire, England, GB

Biography

This cinematographer excels in richness: the lush gauzy effects of Merchant-Ivory, the sleek look of corporate New York. Pierce-Roberts was born in England but largely raised in Central Africa. He began his career with the Central African Film Unit and graduated to doing TV work for the BBC, photographing the popular "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1980), "Voyage Round My Father" (1982) ...

Biography

This cinematographer excels in richness: the lush gauzy effects of Merchant-Ivory, the sleek look of corporate New York. Pierce-Roberts was born in England but largely raised in Central Africa. He began his career with the Central African Film Unit and graduated to doing TV work for the BBC, photographing the popular "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1980), "Voyage Round My Father" (1982) and "The Good Soldier" (1983), among many others, before graduating to feature work. For American TV, he was director of photography on the telefilms "The Cold Room" (HBO, 1984), "The Bourne Identity" (ABC, 1988) and "No Place Like Home" (CBS, 1989).

Pierce-Roberts' first film was "Caught on a Train" (1980), but he really didn't gain notice until he created a grimy, workaday London for Jerzy Skolimowski's "Moonlighting" (1982). Among the earlier films on which Pierce-Roberts was director of photography were the children's drama "Kipperbang" (1982), "A Private Function" (1984), his first US film "A Tiger's Tale" (1987) and the Alaskan drama "White Fang" (1991).

But Pierce-Roberts is perhaps best known for his work on the films of Merchant-Ivory. He won his first Oscar nomination for the sumptuous compositions and Venetian locations of "A Room with a View" (1986) and earned a second nomination for "Howards End" (1992), which effectively blended lush pastoral landscapes with scenes of dingy urban confinement. He also photographed Ivory's trendy urban comedy "Slaves of New York" (1989) and the well-received "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (1990), "The Remains of the Day" (1993) and "Surviving Picasso" (1996).

His work has also ventured from the delicacy of Merchant-Ivory, however. George Romero's "The Dark Half" (1993), shot in Pittsburgh, was a moderately-budgeted thriller, while Joel Schumacher's "The Client" (1994) was shot in the South and Barry Levinson's "Disclosure" (both 1994) took audiences into corporate boardrooms. Among Pierce-Roberts other credits are the hair-raising thrillers "Copycat" and "Haunted" (both 1995), the comedy "Jungle2Jungle" (1997) and the Italian romance "Something to Believe In" (lensed 1996).

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Vampire Academy (2014)
Director Of Photography
Antonio Vivaldi (2009)
Director Of Photography
Made of Honor (2008)
Director Of Photography
Gone for a Dance (2007)
Director Of Photography
Home of the Brave (2006)
Director Of Photography
Doom (2005)
Director Of Photography
The White Countess (2005)
Director Of Photography
De-Lovely (2004)
Director Of Photography
Underworld (2003)
Director Of Photography
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
Director Of Photography
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2001)
Director Of Photography
The Golden Bowl (2001)
Director Of Photography
The Trench (1999)
Director Of Photography
Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)
Director Of Photography
Blackadder Back and Forth (1999)
Director Of Photography
Paulie (1998)
Director Of Photography
Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)
Director Of Photography
Surviving Picasso (1996)
Director Of Photography
Haunted (1996)
Director Of Photography
Disclosure (1994)
Director Of Photography
The Client (1994)
Director Of Photography
Splitting Heirs (1993)
Director Of Photography
The Remains Of The Day (1993)
Director Of Photography
The Dark Half (1993)
Director Of Photography
Howard's End (1992)
Director Of Photography
White Fang (1991)
Director Of Photography
Mr. And Mrs. Bridge (1990)
Director Of Photography
Slaves of New York (1989)
Director Of Photography
Out Cold (1989)
Director Of Photography
No Place Like Home (1989)
Director Of Photography
A Tiger's Tale (1987)
Director Of Photography
A Room With a View (1986)
Director Of Photography
Frog Dance (1985)
Cinematographer
Cold Room (1984)
Director Of Photography
A Private Function (1984)
Director Of Photography
Kipperbang (1982)
Director Of Photography
Moonlighting (1982)
Director Of Photography
Dance Craze (1981)
Camera Operator
Caught on a Train (1980)
Cinematographer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

The Bone Collector (1999)
Photography
Copycat (1995)
Photography

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Made of Honor (2008)
Dp/Cinematographer
Gone for a Dance (2007)
Dp/Cinematographer
Doom (2005)
Dp/Cinematographer
The White Countess (2005)
Dp/Cinematographer
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
Dp/Cinematographer
The Golden Bowl (2001)
Dp/Cinematographer
Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)
Dp/Cinematographer
Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)
Dp/Cinematographer
The Client (1994)
Dp/Cinematographer
Disclosure (1994)
Dp/Cinematographer
The Dark Half (1993)
Dp/Cinematographer
The Remains Of The Day (1993)
Dp/Cinematographer
Splitting Heirs (1993)
Dp/Cinematographer
Howard's End (1992)
Dp/Cinematographer
A Room With a View (1986)
Dp/Cinematographer
A Private Function (1984)
Other
Moonlighting (1982)
Dp/Cinematographer

Cinematography (TV Mini-Series)

Dinotopia (2002)
Director Of Photography
The Bourne Identity (1988)
Director Of Photography

Life Events

1980

First feature film as camera operator, "Caught on a Train"

1982

First feature as director of photography, "Moonlighting"

1986

First Merchant-Ivory film, "A Room with a View"; earned first Oscar nomination

1992

Won acclaim for Howards End", directed by Ivory; earned second Oscar nomination

Videos

Movie Clip

Remains Of The Day, The (1993) - One Doesn't Do That Lord Darlington (James Fox), with friends, observes the accident with Mr. Stevens senior (Peter Vaughan), then consults with his son, the butler Mr. Stevens the younger (Anthony Hopkins), in The Remains Of The Day, 1993.
Remains Of The Day, The (1993) - Dignity In Keeping... Mr. Stevens the younger (Anthony Hopkins) holding forth at the servants' meal with Charlie (Ben Chaplin), Mr. Stevens senior (Peter Vaughan) and Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson) in The Remains Of The Day, 1993, from Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.
Room With A View, A (1986) - You'd Have To Fly Over The Wall Touring Florence, at the Piazza della Signoria, producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory working from the E.M. Forster novel, as Lucy (Helena Bonham Carter) observes Italian street action, and is rescued by rogue-ish George (Julian Sands), in A Room With A View 1986.
Room With A View, A (1986) - I Promessi Sposi Following her eventful trip to Florence, we meet the brother and mother (Rupert Graves, Rosemary Leach) of Lucy (Helena Bonham-Carter) and Daniel Day-Lewis, who’s become her fiancè, which doesn’t please the vicar Beebe (Simon Callow), in the Merchant-Ivory breakthrough feature A Room With A View 1986.
Room With A View, A (1986) - We Have No View Straight to the topic, we meet Lucy (Helena Bonham Carter), her chaperone (Maggie Smith) and their less polite but equally English fellows (Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands as the Emersons), ca. 1908, at a Florentine pensione, Judi Dench also dining, opening the Merchant-Ivory hit from the E.M. Forster novel, A Room With A View 1986.
Remains Of The Day, The (1993) - For One Such As Yourself An early encounter between butler James Stevens (Anthony Hopkins) and new housekeeper Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson), regarding his father, also a servant, in the Ismail Merchant-James Ivory drama The Remains Of The Day, 1993.
Howards End - There Wasn't Any Moon Rapid events as we meet Margaret (Emma Thompson) reading a letter from sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter) to Aunt Juley (Prunella Scales) then return to the titular house where Paul (Joseph Bennett) revokes his promise, in Howards End, 1992, from Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.
Howards End - Not Legally Binding Pivotal moment as Henry (Anthony Hopkins) reveals the death-bed instructions left by his wife, son Charles (James Wilby), his wife Dolly (Susan Lindeman) and daughter Evie (Jemma Redgrave) commenting, in the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster's Howards End, 1992.
Howards End - You Took My Umbrella Helen (Helena Bonham Carter) has just returned home from a lecture to sister Margaret (Emma Thompson) and brother Tibby (Adrian Ross-Magenty) when Leonard (Samuel West) arrives seeking his umbrella, in the Merchant-Ivory production of Howards End, 1992.

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