Photo by Krzysztof Kubiak [2009]

"The Water Horse" [2006]

               

 OLIVER STAPLETON   BSC

Born: 12 April 1948, London, UK.

Education: University of Cape Town [1967-70; Psychology]; National Film and Television School [NFTS], UK [graduated in 1980].

Career: Lived in South Africa [1966-1974]. Before his study at the NFTS, he worked for 6 years as a still ph in South Africa and England. 'My studenthood at the age of 27, after 6 years struggle as a stills photographer, marked an all time low financially, but a real period of learning to light and photograph films. But the best bit was the 18 months I spent making 'Shadowplay', writing, directing and editing what turned out to be a flawed but quite curious 70 minute drama about ex-South Africans struggling with paranoia in London low life. All that time in front of the Steenbeck [a flatbed editing machine] with my own material laced across the mattress and coffee machine taught me more about shooting than I could ever learn on the floor staring at a tin of Heinz or a packet of Omo.'

Ph music videos and commercials [dir by Stephen Frears, a.o.].

Directed, wrote and edited the student film 'Shadowplay' [1980; ph: Richard Greatrex; 16mm/b&w; 68m].

Appeared in the doc 'The Oliver Stapleton Cinematography Masterclass' [d: Trevor Forrest; ph: Jason Ellis; prod BSC].

Awards: MTV Award [1986] for 'The Sun Always Shines on TV' [a: a-Ha; d: Steven Barron]; ACE Award nom [1989] for 'Danny, the Champion of the World'; Independent Spirit Award nom [1990] for 'Earth Girls Are Easy'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [2001] for 'Buffalo Soldiers'; AFI [Aus] Award nom [2003] for 'Ned Kelly'.

Websites: Oliver Stapleton [technical] & Oliver Stapleton [holiday diary by his wife, Juliet Crittenden].

See also: 'So You Wanna Work in Movies?'



 FILMS

1977

Red Square at Noon [John Tchalenko] 16mm/b&w; short/30m; prod NFTS

1977

Working with Hot Glass [John Tchalenko] c; doc/45m; cph: Steve Alcorn

1979

Halfway Round the Circle Now [Lloyd Phillips] c; short/24m; cph: Scott Thomas; prod NFTS

1979

The Scent of the Lilies [John Tchalenko] 16mm/c; short/34m; cph: Belinda Parsons; prod NFTS

1979

The Wardrobe [Martin Ketterer] ?; short/?m; cph: Lloyd Phillips; prod NFTS

1980

Pictures of Mother [Paul Rapley] 16mm/c; short/46m; cph: Jack Lach & Chris Cox; prod NFTS

1980

Biceps of Steel [Julien Temple] c; mus short (with hard rock band SamSon)/12m; 2nd camera; ph: Richard Greatrex

1980

The Boldon Lad [John Tchalenko] 16mm/c; mus doc/35m

1980

Sam Sherry [John Tchalenko] 16mm/c; doc/16m

1981

Poets Against the Bomb [Francis Fuchs] 16mm/c; doc/27m; cph: Diane Tammes & Pasco MacFarlane

1981

Out of Order [Arthur Ellis] b&w-c; short/33m; cph: Robert Ede

1981

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball [Julien Temple] c; theatrical perf/99m; with 'The Secret Policeman's Ball' (1979) recut into combined version for tv in USA

1982

Eastbourne... Britain's Quality Resort [David Gowing] c; comm doc/20m

1982

Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt [Nick May] 16mm/c; dram + perf + interv/52m; lighting cam; add cam: Richard Greatrex, Steven Alcorn & David Scott

1983

Mantrap/ABC Mantrap [Julien Temple] c/V; mus docudrama/55m

1983

Undercover [Julien Temple] c/V; pop promo 'The Rolling Stones'/5m

1984

Jazzin' for Blue Jean [Julien Temple] c; short/20m

1984

Restless Natives [Michael Hoffman] c; addph: Fiona Cunningham-Reid

1985

[Mick Jagger:] Running Out of Luck/She's the Boss [Julien Temple] c/V; mus promotional film/86m

1985

Absolute Beginners [Julien Temple] sts/c

1986

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll [Taylor Hackford] 35mm+s16-to-35mm/c; concert film/121m; concert 2uc: Ed Lachman; c.op doc: Ed Lachman & Rick Robertson; c.op concert: Joan Churchill, Philip Holahan, a.o.

1987

Aria [seg #4 'Rigoletto: La donna è mobile' dir by Julien Temple] c; 10 seg

1987

Prick Up Your Ears [Stephen Frears] c

1987

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid [Stephen Frears] c

1988

Cookie [Susan Seidelman] c

1988

Earth Girls Are Easy [Julien Temple] p/c

1988

Danny, the Champion of the World [Gavin Millar] c; 2uc: Wally Byatt & David Worley; wildlife ph: Michael Richards

1989

She-Devil [Susan Seidelman] c

1989

The Grifters [Stephen Frears] c; 2uc: Marc Reshovsky

1990

Let Him Have It [Peter Medak] c; aph: Peter Allwork

1991

Hero/Accidental Hero [Stephen Frears] c

1993

Look Who's Talking Now [Tom Ropelewski] c; 2uc: Philip Linzey; spec vfx: Bill Neil

1994

Restoration [Michael Hoffman] c; 2uc: Ian McMillan

1995

Kansas City [Robert Altman] c

1995

The Van [Stephen Frears] c

1996

Journey of Radiance [ep #25 'Benares, January 1910' dir by Deepa Mehta & #24 'Peking, March 1910' dir by Gavin Millar] b&w-c/V; ph ep #24; ph ep #25: Giles Nuttgens; comp of ep of tv-series 'The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles'

1996

One Fine Day [Michael Hoffman] c; 2uc: John Thomas

1996

[Robert Altman's] Jazz '34 - Remembrances of Kansas City Swing [Robert Altman] c; mus doc/57 & 72m; ed from footage shot for 'Kansas City' (1995)

1996

The Designated Mourner [David Hare] c

1997

The Object of My Affection [Nicholas Hytner] c; addph: David Dunlap & (uncred) Fred Elmes

"The Hi-Lo Country"

1997

The Hi-Lo Country [Stephen Frears] 2.35 Research/c

1998

[William Shakespeare's] A Midsummer Night's Dream [Michael Hoffman] 2.35 Research/c; 2uc: Ian McMillan

1999

The Cider House Rules [Lasse Hallström] s35/c

1999

Birthday Girl [Jez Butterworth] c; 2uc: Peter Robertson

1999

State and Main [David Mamet] c

2000

Pay It Forward [Mimi Leder] c

2000

Buffalo Soldiers [Gregor Jordan] c; 2uc: Nic Sadler

2001

The Shipping News [Lasse Hallström] s35/c; 2uc: Andrew Mondshein, Mike Thomas & Gordon Miller; uwph: Mike Thomas

2002

Ned Kelly [Gregor Jordan] s35/c; 2uc (+ 2ud): Brad Shield

2002

Cheeky [David Thewlis] c; 2uc: Sam Garwood

2003

An Unfinished Life [Lasse Hallström] 2.35 Research/c; 2uc: Doug Schwartz & Roger Vernon; aph: Ron Goodman

2004

Casanova [Lasse Hallström] s35/c; 2uc: John Clothier

2005

The Hoax [Lasse Hallström] c; ph Washington, D.C.: Richard Rutkowski; Indio ph: Chris Lombardi; aph Puerto Rico: Milton Graña

2006

The Water Horse [: Legend of the Deep] [Jay Russell] s35/c; addph: Rob Marsh; scenic unit ph: Martin Layton; aph: Jeremy Braben

2006

Rain in Spain [Lasse Hallström] announced; status unknown

2007

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People [Robert Weide] c; 2uc: Howard Atherton

With dir Anne Fletcher - "The Proposal"

2008

The Proposal [Anne Fletcher] Hawk Scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Barry M. Wilson; aph: Hans Bjerno

2008

Unthinkable [Gregor Jordan] 35mm (+ digital)/c

2009

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark [Troy Nixey] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Ross Emery

2010

Will [Ellen Perry] c; 2uc UK: Alan Stewart; aph: Jeremy Braben

2010

Moving Pictures [Crispin Wood] scheduled to start filming Summer 2010; status unknown

2011

The Guilt Trip/My Mother's Curse [Anne Fletcher] Hawk Scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; aph: Phil Pastuhov & Michael Kelem; + uncred co-2ud

2012

Vega [Oliver Stapleton] HD (Canon EOS C300 + GoPro)/c; doc (work-in-progress)

2013

Business or Pleasure/Business Trip [Ken Scott] c; 2uc: Adrian Cranage

2014

The Best of Me [Michael Hoffman] pre-production


 TELEVISION

1982

The Comic Strip Presents [ep #4 (30m24s) 'Bad News Tour' dir by Sandy Johnson] 35-part series, 1982-93 (+ specials/features); 1st season, 1982-83; + small part

1983

The Comic Strip Presents [ep #12 (30m23s) 'Eddie Monsoon - A Life?' dir by Sandy Johnson (SJ) & #13 (30m42s) 'Slags' dir by SJ] 2nd season, 1983-84; 2uc ('Slags'): John de Borman (as John de Boorman) & Iain Mackenzie; see 1982

1985

My Beautiful Laundrette [Stephen Frears] tvm/16mm; also released theatrically

1985

The Comic Strip Presents... [ep #14 (35m57s) 'Consuela (or 'The New Mrs Saunders')' dir by Stephen Frears & #17 (33m37s) 'Private Enterprise' dir by Adrian Edmondson] 3rd season, 1986; see 1982

1986

The Comic Strip Presents... [ep #18 (49m51s) 'Mr Jolly Lives Next Door' dir by Stephen Frears] 4th season, 1988; see 1982

1990

Heading Home [David Hare] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1992

The Snapper [Stephen Frears] tvm/16mm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1992

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles [ep #24 'Peking, March 1910' dir by Gavin Millar] 44-part (8 unaired in USA) series, 1992-96/16mm; 2nd season, 1992-93; other ph: David Tattersall, Jörgen Persson & Giles Nuttgens; also part of the video (Chapter 5) 'Journey of Radiance'; see Films (1996)