Chris Menges

Director, Director of photography, Assistant editor
As an Academy Award-winning cinematographer who made the successful segue to directing features, Chris Menges has carved out a successful, but understated career. Menges got his start as an assistant editor and camera ... Read more »
Born: 09/15/1940 in Herefordshire, England, GB

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (52)

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba 2016 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Redemption (Hummingbird) 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

Director of Photography (Director of Photography)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

London Boulevard 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Route Irish 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Stop-Loss 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Stop-Loss 2008 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Reader 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Reader 2008 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Yellow Handkerchief 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Notes on a Scandal 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

North Country 2005 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

North Country 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

North Country 2005 (Movie)

(Steadicam Operator)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tickets 2005 (Movie)

(Episode 3) (Director of Photography)

Criminal 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Criminal 2004 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Concert For George 2003 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Dirty Pretty Things 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dirty Pretty Things 2003 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Good Thief 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Riding in Cars With Boys 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Pledge 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Boxer 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Michael Collins 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fatherland 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

High Season 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shy People 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Mission 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Winter Flight 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Sense of Freedom 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

MARIE: A True Story 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Comfort and Joy 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Killing Fields 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Local Hero 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bloody Kids 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

East 103rd Street 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Loving Walter 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Angel 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Looks and Smiles 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Warlords of the 21st Century 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Couples & Robbers 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Babylon 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Black Jack 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Before the Monsoon 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gumshoe 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kes 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

If... 1968 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Made in Britain (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Gamekeeper (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Director (5)

The Lost Son 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Second Best 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Crisscross 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

A World Apart 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

East 103rd Street 1982 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

East 103rd Street 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

As an Academy Award-winning cinematographer who made the successful segue to directing features, Chris Menges has carved out a successful, but understated career. Menges got his start as an assistant editor and camera operator and even worked as a sound recordist several times, before working his way up to director of photography. Menges had his first real break as a documentary cameraperson and editor in the 1960s and 1970s, traveling wherever there was war and insurrection - Burma, Angola, Vietnam and Tibet - while working with filmmaker Adrian Cowell. Once he made the permanent jump to feature films in the 1980s, Menges developed a style as a cinematographer that never overwhelmed audiences with gaudy colors or outlandish camera moves In fact, Menges understood the oft-accepted theory that color could be less realistic than black and white, because it focused the audience away from emotion to an object. Menges' work was defined by a low-key naturalism, plain composition, and a mix of lenses to tug at the audience at the appropriate moments, which helped him craft memorable images in several award-winning films, including "The Killing Fields" (1984), "Michael Collins" (1996) and "The Reader" (2008).

Relationships

Judy Menges

Wife

Herbert Menges

Father
Born in 1902 and died in 1972 worked with the Old Vic theater

Milestones

2008

Co-cinematographer for Stephen Daldry's "The Reader"; earned an Academy Award nomination for cinematography

2006

Was the director of photography for "Notes on a Scandal"

2005

Filmed Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut, "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"; earned an Independent Spirit nomination for cinematography

2002

Served as the cinematographer for Stephen Frears' "Dirty Pretty Things"

1999

Directed Daniel Auteuil in his English-language acting debut, "The Lost Son"

1997

Was the Cinematographer for Jim Sheridan's "The Boxer"

1996

Returned to work as a director of photography on "Michael Collins"; earned an Academy Award nomination for cinematography

1994

Directed William Hurt in the drama, "Second Best"

1992

First US feature to direct, "Crisscross"

1988

Feature directing debut, "A World Apart"

1986

Earned second Cinematography Oscar for work on Joffe's "The Mission"

1985

Was subject of TV film, "Shooting From the Heart: Chris Menges"

1984

Won first Cinematography Oscar for Roland Joffe's "The Killing Fields"

1981

Made directing debut with the documentary, "East 103rd Street"

1980

Shot second unit work on "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back"

1977

Filmed episodes of the British series, "ITV Playhouse"

1976

Re-teamed with Stephen Frears for "Last Summer"

1970

Worked behind the camera on Stephen Frears' first feature, "Gumshoe"

1968

First film as cinematographer, Kenneth Loach's "Kes"

1963

Joined Granada TV's "World in Action" team as a cameraman

1958

Began career as an assistant to filmmaker, Alan Forbes

Worked as a camera operator for documentaries by Adrian Cowell

Served as assistant editor and camera assistant for Derek Knight & Partners

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