LONDON: Nicolas Roeg, the prominent British film director known for making provocative films and working with rock stars Mick Jagger and David Bowie over a six-decade career, has died. He was 90.
The director of Don’t Look Now and many other films died Friday night, his son, Nicolas Roeg Jr, told Britain’s Press Association. “He was a genuine dad,” Roeg Jr said. “He just had his 90th birthday in August.” He didn’t provide details about his father’s death during a brief telephone call.
Roeg worked with Jagger in Performance and Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth. Bowie played an alien who crashes on Earth looking for a way to save his own planet.
Roeg’s Don’t Look Now in 1973 is regarded as one of his most outstanding successes. It is also remembered for the realistic sex scene between stars Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.
Roeg’s last major film was The Witches, in 1990, which starred Anjelica Huston.
The British Film Institute has named Don’t Look Now and Performance as two of the greatest films in Britain’s Top 100 film poll.
Roeg, who was born in London, worked on several famous films including Lawrence of Arabia and Fahrenheit 451 before he entered the directing ranks in 1970.
Published in Dawn, November 25th, 2018