From interview [2009]

                

 PHIL MÉHEUX   BSC

Born: 17 September 1941, Sidcup, Kent, UK, as Philip Méheux.

Career: 'Leaving school just before his 16th birthday, Méheux answered a classified ad for a clerk in the sales department of M-G-M Film Distributors and whilst there, formed a lifelong friendship with two other film fanatics. They pooled their resources and acquired a second hand 16mm Bolex camera and began scripting and shooting their own films with Méheux as cameraman. After working as a projectionist in a preview theatre and then a West End cinema, Méheux applied to join a BBC Television Film Training course. By the time the interview came round, the training course was full but, based on his experience, the BBC offered Méheux a job as a studio projectionist [with the BBC Film Unit at Ealing Studios]. During this time, together with his friends, Méheux ph and edited a 30 minute short film with part sponsorship from the British Film Institute and after-hours technical help from the BBC. The film became a minor hit at obscure film festivals and this gained him a place on the next Film Training course in 1964. Six months later, while still a trainee, he was pulling focus for Dick Bush after his assistant went down with flu. He was soon made-up to full assistant and during the following years, worked with many different cameramen with many different styles on both drama and documentary subjects. In 1968, Méheux got his first chance to shoot film when the cameraman he was assisting, bowed out of a documentary about 'pop' music and the director had Méheux take over. He was subsequently sent to the 'Man Alive' unit as a 'holiday relief' cameraman and stayed for two years shooting some eighteen 50-minute documentary films. At the end of the first year, he was promoted to full cameraman. By the mid-70's, Méheux had graduated to all-filmed television plays which had become very successful at the BBC. At the end of 1976, having seen Méheux's television work, Tony Simmons, a freelance director, approached him to be a cameraman/operator on a low budget feature requiring extensive use of a handheld camera and available light, both techniques with which he was experienced. After 13 years at the BBC he left to become freelance and shoot 'Black Joy', his first 35mm feature film and the official British entry at the Cannes Film Festival in 1977. The producer of the film was Martin Campbell who was to have a definitive influence on his later career.' [From the BSC website.]

Ph commercials [dir by Colin Gregg, a.o.] and promotional films.

Also active as stills ph.

Member of the BSC since 1979. Was president of the BSC [2002-06].

Appeared in the BBC-tv series 'Film Education' [October 1995], 'Film 95' [November] & 'Film 96' [January].

Awards: BAFTA TV Award nom [1977] for 'Spend, Spend, Spend'; BSC Award [2006] & BAFTA Film Award nom [2006] for 'Casino Royale'; ASC International Achievement Award [2014].



 FILMS

1969

One Is One [Malcolm Johnson] 16mm/b&w; short/29m; + ed

1975

Exposé/House on Straw Hill/Trauma [James Kenelm Clarke] c; uncred cph; ph: Dennis Lewiston

1977

Black Joy [Anthony Simmons] c

1977

Let's Get Laid!/Love Trap [James Kenelm Clarke] c

1977

Apaches [John Mackenzie] c; comm doc/29m

1978

The Music Machine [Ian Sharp] c; + spec pfx

1979

Scum [Alan Clarke] c; film version of tv drama (1977 - banned until 1991) for BBC-tv series 'Play for Today'

1979

The Long Good Friday [John Mackenzie] c 

1980

The Final Conflict/Omen III: The Final Conflict [Graham Baker] p/c; cph: Robert Paynter

1981

The First Day [Marek Kanievska] 16mm/c; comm short/30m; for Barclays

1981

Carling Black Label [John Bird] c; comm doc/14m; for Bass-Charrington

1982

Who Dares Wins/The Final Option [Ian Sharp] c

1982

The Honorary Consul/Beyond the Limit [John Mackenzie] c

1983

The Killing Fields [Roland Joffé] c; addph; ph: Chris Menges

1984

Yellow Pages/Going Undercover [James Kenelm Clarke] c; addph; ph: John Coquillon; released 1988

1984

Morons from Outer Space [Mike Hodges] c; vfx superv: David Speed

1986

The Fourth Protocol [John Mackenzie] J-D-C Scope/c

1987

Criminal Law [Martin Campbell] c; c.op 2u: Glen MacPherson, Larry Lynn & Serge Ladouceur

1988

Renegades [Jack Sholder] c; 2uc Philadelphia: Bob Gorelick

1989

Defenseless [Martin Campbell] c

1990

Highlander II - The Quickening [Russell Mulcahy] J-D-C Scope/c; addph: Jamie Thompson; 2uc: Arthur Wooster; vfx ph: Sam Nicholson

1991

Ruby [John Mackenzie] c; 2uc: Brian Tufano

1992

The Trial [David Jones] c; originally made as a tvm for BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1992

Ghost in the Machine/Deadly Terror [Rachel Talalay] c; 2u addph: Jeffrey Jur

1993

No Escape/Escape from Absolom [Martin Campbell] J-D-C Scope/c; 2uc: David Wakeley; vfx ph: Dennis Skotak; hph: Greg Hunter

1995

GoldenEye [Martin Campbell] p/c; 2uc: Harvey Harrison; addph: Arthur Wooster; Alpine ph: Herbert Raditschnig

1996

The Saint [Phillip Noyce] p/c; addph: Alex Thomson; 2uc: Michael Benson & Tony Spratling

1997

The Mask of Zorro [Martin Campbell] J-D-C Scope/c; 2uc: Kim Marks; vfx ph: Michael Hofstein

1998

Entrapment [Jon Amiel] J-D-C Scope/c; Scotland ph: Martin Singleton; 2uc: Tony Spratling & Jonathan Taylor; uwph: Mike Valentine

1999

Bicentennial Man [Chris Columbus] c; 2uc: Brian Sullivan

1999

Lara Croft - Tomb Raider [Stephen Herek] scheduled as ph, but after dir Herek left to make 'Rock Star' (2000), Méheux apparently left too; film was dir by Simon West and ph by Peter Menzies Jr. in 2000

2000

Bedazzled [Harold Ramis] p/c; London ph; ph: Bill Pope; 2uc: Lowell Peterson

2001

The Core [Jon Amiel (replaced Peter Hyams)] p/c; ph Rome unit; ph: John Lindley

2002

Beyond Borders [Martin Campbell (replaced Oliver Stone)] J-D-C Scope/c; 2uc: David Burr

2003

Around the World in 80 Days [Frank Coraci] s35/c; 2uc: Harvey Harrison (Thailand); aph: Adam Dale

2004 

The Legend of Zorro [Martin Campbell] s35/c; 2uc (+ 2ud): John Mahaffie; miniature ph: Richard Bluck; + small part

2006

Casino Royale [Martin Campbell] s35/b&w-c; 2uc: Alexander Witt; aph: John Marzano; vfx ph: Peter Field; miniature ph: Peter Talbot; + small part

2007

Lions for Lambs [Robert Redford] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; co-addph; ph: Philippe Rousselot

[Left] with dir Raja Gosnell - "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"

2007

Beverly Hills Chihuahua/South of the Border [Raja Gosnell] s35/c ; 2uc: Jim Van Dijk; aph: John Trapman

2008

Edge of Darkness [Martin Campbell] s35/c; 2uc: John Mahaffie

2009

A Kingdom Without a King [Richard Perry] c; short/5m

2010

The Smurfs [Raja Gosnell] HD (Genesis)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; vfx unit ph: David M. Dunlap; vfx superv: Blair Clark & Richard R. Hoover

2011

Here Comes the Boom [Frank Coraci] HD (ARRI ALEXA + Phantom HD + Sony F35)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c

2012

The Smurfs 2 [Raja Gosnell] HD (Sony F65)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; 2uc: Thomas Ackerman & (Paris) Roger Simonsz; vfx superv: Jay Randall & Richard R. Hoover

2013

SpongeBob SquarePants 2 [Mike Mitchell] pre-production


 TELEVISION

1968

Man on the Move [Paul Bonner] doc/47m; cph: Geoffrey Mulligan; ep #2 of 13-part BBC2-tv doc series 'Bird's-Eye View' (1969-71; 1st season, 1969)

1968

All My Loving [Tony Palmer] mus doc/55m (shot in color; first shown in b&w); ep BBC-tv arts series 'Omnibus'

197?

Man Alive [18 ep dir by various] doc series for BBC-tv, 1965-81

197?

The Discoverers: Christopher Columbus [?] doc/?m

1970

Art and Technology [prod: Tony Cash] 4-part doc arts series

1970

Dixon of Dock Green [ep #? 'Waste Land' dir by Joe Waters] 432-part series, 1955-76; 17th season, 1970-71; ph film seq

1971

The Liver Birds [ep #14 'The Dog' dir by Sydney Lotterby] pilot (ep BBC-tv 'Comedy Playhouse') + 85-part series, 1969-79 & 1996; 2nd season, 1971; ph film seq

1971

Three Looms Waiting [prod: Ronald Smedley] doc/50m/16mm; ep BBC-tv series 'Omnibus'

1971

Sounding Out: Yes [Tony Cash] mus short/20m; cph: Nick Squires; for BBC-tv

1971

The Goodies [ep #15 'Wicked Waltzing' & #16 'Farm Fresh Food' dir by Jim Franklin (film seg) & John Howard Davies] 64-part (+ 5 specials) series, 1970-80, for BBC-tv; 2nd season, 1971-72; ph film seg; other ph: Stewart Farnell (+ cph #16)

1971

The Sugar Slaves [prod: Dominic Flessati] doc/55m; ep #2 of 13-part BBC-tv series 'The British Empire: Echoes of Britannia's Rule' (1972)

1971

Dixon of Dock Green [ep #? 'Jig-Saw' dir by Joe Waters] 18th season, 1971-72; ph film seq; see 1970

1972

Love and Mr Lewisham [Christopher Barry] 4-part series

1972

The Incredible Robert Baldick - Never Come Night [Cyril Cole] pilot/50m

1972

America - A Personal History of the United States by Alistair Cooke [ep #11 'The Promise Fulfilled and the Promise Broken' dir by David Heycock (DH) & #12 'The Arsenal' dir by DH] 13-part doc series/b&w-c, 1972-73; cph: John Wyatt; other ph: Kenneth MacMillan & A.A. Englander

1972

Access to the Children [Philip Saville] tvm/65m; ph film seg; ep #60 of BBC-tv series 'Play for Today' (1973)

1973

China [part #1 'Times of Jade and Bronze' & #2 'Times of Silk and Gold' dir by Michael Gill] doc/b&w-c/2x 50m/16mm

1973

Two Women [Gareth Davies] 4-part miniseries

1973

The Pallisers [Hugh David & Ronald Wilson] 26-part series, 1974; ph film seq

1973

One Child Gone to the North [Clem Vallance] mus doc/?m; ep BBC-tv series 'The Camera and the Song'

1973

Colditz [ep #20 'Frogs in the Well' dir by Viktors Ritelis] 28-part series, 1972-74; 2nd season, 1974; ph film seq; other ph: A.A. Englander, Fred Hamilton & Ray Henman

1974

Tom Jones on Happiness Island [prod: Colin Charman] mus special/48m

1974

Just Another Saturday [John Mackenzie] tvm; ep #108 of BBC-tv series 'Play for Today' (1975)

1975

Bedazzled [?] ?

1975

Brassneck [Mike Newell] tvm; ep #113 of BBC-tv series 'Play for Today'

1975

The Whip Hand [Leslie Blair] dram doc/75m

1975

Double Dare [John Mackenzie] tvm/63m; ep #139 of BBC-tv series 'Play for Today' (1976)

1976

The Age of Uncertainty - a personal view by John Kenneth Galbraith [David Kennard, Dick Gilling & Mick Jackson; exec prod: Adrian Malone] 13-part doc series/16mm; cph (+ ph ep #4): Henry Farrar (ep #3, #5-#9)

1976

The Elephants' Graveyard [John Mackenzie] tvm/48m; ep #144 of BBC-tv series 'Play for Today'

1976

Shirley Bassey [prod: Stewart Morris] mus perf/?m

1976

Spend, Spend, Spend [John Goldschmidt] tvm/16mm; ep #152 of BBC-tv series 'Play for Today' (1977)

1977

The Emperor of Atlantis [John Goldschmidt] opera/73m (1979)

1978

Out [Jim Goddard] 6-part crime series

1978

The Professionals [ep #14 'Hunter/Hunted' dir by Anthony Simmons, #15 'The Rack' dir by Peter Medak, #16 'First Night' dir by David Wickes & #17 'Man Without a Past' dir by Martin Campbell] 57-part series, 1977-83; 2nd series

1981

The Disappearance of Harry [Joseph Despins] tvm

1982

Experience Preferred… But Not Essential [Peter Duffell] tvm; ep Channel 4 series 'First Love'; also released theatrically

1983

Lace [Billy Hale] 2-part tvm

1983

Those Glory Glory Days [Philip Saville] tvm; ep Channel 4 series 'First Love'; also released theatrically

1984

Max Headroom [: 20 Minutes Into the Future] [Rocky Morton & Annabel Jankel] pilot Channel Four (GB) series; the film was re-edited and renamed 'Blipverts' and served as pilot for a 14-part series, 1987-88, in the USA

1985

Act of Vengeance [... A True Story] [John Mackenzie] tvm

1986

Apology/Apology for Murder [Robert Bierman] tvm


 MISCELLANEOUS

1965

King of the River [various; tv-series] c.asst; ph: Dick Bush

1966

Alice in Wonderland [Jonathan Miller; tvm] c.asst; ph: Dick Bush

1974

Got It Made/Sweet Virgin [James Kenelm Clarke] co-prod; ph: Ernest Vincze

1980

The Professionals [dir ep #39 'Blood Sports'] ph: Dusty Miller; 4th series; see Television (1978)

1981 

The Professionals [dir ep #53 'Cry Wolf'] ph: Frank Watts; 5th series, 1982; see Television (1978)