David Watkin


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
Margate, England, GB
Born
March 23, 1925
Died
February 19, 2008
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

A former documentary cameraman with British Transport Films, Watkin graduated to cinematographer on Richard Lester's "The Knack ... and How to Get It!" (1964). Other collaborations with Lester included "Help!" (1965), "How I Won the War" (1967), "The Three Musketeers" (1973), "Robin and Marian" (1976) and "Cuba" (1979).Watkin also established working relationships with other high profile...

Biography

A former documentary cameraman with British Transport Films, Watkin graduated to cinematographer on Richard Lester's "The Knack ... and How to Get It!" (1964). Other collaborations with Lester included "Help!" (1965), "How I Won the War" (1967), "The Three Musketeers" (1973), "Robin and Marian" (1976) and "Cuba" (1979).

Watkin also established working relationships with other high profile directors, particularly Tony Richardson ("The Charge of the Light Brigade" 1968; "Joseph Andrews" 1976; The Hotel New Hampshire" 1984), Ken Russell ("The Devils" and "The Boy Friend" both 1971) and Franco Zeffirelli (the TV miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" 1977 and the features "Endless Love" 1981; "Hamlet" 1990; and "Jane Eyre" 1996). Watkin won particular acclaim for his unfussy lensing of "Chariots of Fire" (1981), for his use of light in "Yentl" (1983) and for the lush, luxuriant colors of "Out of Africa" (1985), which brought him an Oscar.

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Lover's Prayer (2000)
Director Of Photography
Tea With Mussolini (1999)
Director Of Photography
Gloria (1999)
Director Of Photography
Night Falls on Manhattan (1997)
Director Of Photography
Obsession (1997)
Director Of Photography
Critical Care (1997)
Director Of Photography
Bogus (1996)
Director Of Photography
Jane Eyre (1996)
Director Of Photography
Goldeneye (1995)
Camera
Milk Money (1994)
Director Of Photography
This Boy's Life (1993)
Director Of Photography
Bopha! (1993)
Director Of Photography
Used People (1992)
Director Of Photography
The Object Of Beauty (1991)
Director Of Photography
The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (1991)
Director Of Photography
Memphis Belle (1990)
Director Of Photography
Hamlet (1990)
Director Of Photography
Murder By Moonlight (1989)
Director Of Photography
Masquerade (1988)
Director Of Photography
The Good Mother (1988)
Director Of Photography
Last Rites (1988)
Director Of Photography
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988)
Director Of Photography
Moonstruck (1987)
Director Of Photography
Sky Bandits (1986)
Director Of Photography
White Nights (1985)
Director Of Photography
Out Of Africa (1985)
Director Of Photography
Return to Oz (1985)
Director Of Photography
The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)
Director Of Photography
Yentl (1983)
Director Of Photography
Reds (1981)
Camera
Endless Love (1981)
Director Of Photography
CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981)
Director Of Photography
Cuba (1979)
Director Of Photography
Hanover Street (1979)
Director Of Photography
That Summer (1979)
Director Of Photography
Joseph Andrews (1977)
Director Of Photography
To the Devil, a Daughter (1976)
Director Of Photography
Robin And Marian (1976)
Director Of Photography
Mahogany (1975)
Director Of Photography
The Homecoming (1973)
Director Of Photography
A Delicate Balance (1973)
Director Of Photography
The Three Musketeers (1973)
Director Of Photography
The Devils (1971)
Director of Photography
The Boy Friend (1971)
Director of Photography
Catch-22 (1970)
Director of Photography
The Bed Sitting Room (1969)
Director of Photography
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
Director of Photography
The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (1967)
Director of Photography
How I Won the War (1967)
Lighting, Camera
Mademoiselle (1966)
English version Photographer
Help! (1965)
Director of Photography
The Knack ... and how to get it (1965)
Director of Photography

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

Return to Oz (1985)
Special Effects

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Tea With Mussolini (1999)
Dp/Cinematographer
This Boy's Life (1993)
Dp/Cinematographer
Used People (1992)
Dp/Cinematographer
Treasure Island (1990)
Other
Batman (1989)
Other
Moonstruck (1987)
Dp/Cinematographer
Out Of Africa (1985)
Dp/Cinematographer
White Nights (1985)
Other
The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)
Dp/Cinematographer
Reds (1981)
Other
CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981)
Dp/Cinematographer
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Other
Joseph Andrews (1977)
Other
Robin And Marian (1976)
Dp/Cinematographer
Mahogany (1975)
Other

Cinematography (TV Mini-Series)

Jesus of Nazareth (Do Not Use) (1977)
Director Of Photography

Life Events

1948

Began film career working on documentaries

1964

First feature film as director of photography, "The Knack"

Videos

Movie Clip

The Knack... And How To Get It - It's Not Like That American director Richard Lester with a characteristically quirky opening in the UK, Michael Crawford as teacher Colin, Ray Brooks his womanizing tenant Tolen, whose recurring group of girls is said to include Charlotte Rampling and Jacqueline Bisset, from The Knack... And How To Get It, 1965.
Mahogany (1975) - A Really Good Obsession Egotistical fashion photographer Sean (Anthony Perkins), before he splits for Rome, is driving everyone nuts, including assistant Tracy (Diana Ross), at an artsy urban Chicago shoot, her boyfriend, neighborhood activist Brian (Billy Dee Williams) not impressed, in Mahogany, 1975.
Bed Sitting Room, The (1969) - I Don't Want A Bathroom! In the underground, Father (Arthur Lowe) finds 17-months pregnant Penelope (Rita Tushingham) with Alan (Richard Warwick), then Nurse (Marty Feldman) examines Lord Fortnum (Ralph Richardson), in Richard Lester's post-nuclear-war comedy The Bed Sitting Room, 1969.
Bed Sitting Room, The (1969) - The Nuclear Misunderstanding From director Richard Lester's post-apocalytic comedy, Frank Thornton (as "The BBC") updates Capt. Martin (Michael Hordern) on pre-war events (Bill Wallis as "The Prime Minister," Ralph Richardson as "Lord Fortnum") in The Bed Sitting Room, 1969.
Hanover Street (1979) - London, 1943 Plenty of tone and impressive wartime staging for director Peter Hyams’ meet-cute opening, Harrison Ford the Yank flyer and Lesley-Anne Down the uniformed nurse queueing for a bus, from Hanover Street, 1979, co-starring Christopher Plummer, from Hyams’ original screenplay.
Hanover Street (1979) - Let Him Drop The Bombs! Director Peter Hyams using all five of the legit American B-25’s assembled for the picture, Harrison Ford as the romantic lead Halloran piloting, Michael Sacks the co-pilot and Richard Masur as the colorful bomber Cimino, on a mission from England to France, early in Hanover Street, 1979.
Hanover Street (1979) - When You Cross A Parakeet With A Tiger Introduction of Christopher Plummer as Paul, with his spouse, English military nurse Margaret (Lesley-Anne Down), whom we know is involved with an American pilot (Harrison Ford), young Patsy Kensit their precocious daughter, in Peter Hyams’ WWII romantic drama, Hanover Street, 1979.
Mahogany (1975) - Do You Know Where You're Going To The first iteration of the ubiquitous, Oscar-nominated theme song by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin, sung by leading lady Diana Ross, who plays Tracy, flashing back with credits from the opening scene, her success in Rome, to earlier days as a fashion student in Chicago, in Mahogany, 1975.
Mahogany (1975) - Your Other Right Shoulder Nina Foch as department store boss Miss Evans and Anthony Perkins photographer Sean elevate the already-decent acting standard, as fashion student Tracy (Diana Ross) shows up late for work, then gets recruited, in Mahogany, Motown boss Berry Gordy the credited director.
Boy Friend, The (1971) - Do It For Them! Assistant stage manager and understudy Polly (Twiggy) gets cliche` last-minute advice from director Max (Max Adrian), with colleagues (Antonia Ellis, Caryl Little), working up to the first version of Sandy Wilson's title tune, in Ken Russell's The Boyfriend, 1971.
Boy Friend, The (1971) - I Can Act Posh! Slowly gaining confidence, understudy Polly (Twiggy), backstage with haughty Percy (Bryan Pringle), then on stage with his wife Moyra (Moyra Fraser), shooting on location at the Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, in Ken Russell's The Boyfriend, 1971.
Boy Friend, The (1971) - If We Only Had Money! Small-time director Max (Max Adrian) imagines what he might manage with more money, leading to a reprise of composer Sandy Wilson's title song, featuring the company, Tommy Tune, and under-study Twiggy (here "Polly"), in Ken Russell's The Boy Friend, 1971.

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Family

John Wilfrid Watkin
Father
Lawyer.
Beatrice Lynda Watkin
Mother

Bibliography