CAMERAMAN: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff + Q&A With Director Craig McCall
15:00 Sat 9th Dec
Director: Craig McCall
Cast: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, John Mills
Join us for a hosted Q&A with director Craig McCall for this feature film about cinematographer Jack Cardiff, once a Saffron Walden Resident.
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.
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. The film is not only a unique
and valuable testimony to British and international cinema history; it’s a humorous and
informative one too — an amazing story about an exceptional life.
BBFC Advice: Contains mild language, violence and sex references
All screenings for CAMERAMAN: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff + Q&A With Director Craig McCall at Saffron Screen
15:00 Sat 9th Dec