Tony Pierce-Roberts

Director of photography, Camera operator
This cinematographer excels in richness: the lush gauzy effects of Merchant-Ivory, the sleek look of corporate New York. Pierce-Roberts was born in England but largely raised in Central Africa. He began his career with ... Read more »
Born: in Cheshire, England, GB

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (44)

Vampire Academy 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Made of Honor 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gone for a Dance 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Home of the Brave 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Doom 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Separate Lies 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

White Countess 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

De-Lovely 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Underworld 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Golden Bowl 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Trench 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Blackadder Back and Forth 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Paulie 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Haunted 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Jungle2jungle 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Something to Believe In 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Surviving Picasso 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Copycat 1995 (Movie)

(Photography)

Disclosure 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Client 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Splitting Heirs 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Dark Half 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Remains of the Day 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Howards End 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

White Fang 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Out Cold 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Slaves of New York 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Tiger's Tale 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Bourne Identity 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

A Room With A View 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Frog Dance 1984 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

A Private Function 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kipperbang 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Moonlighting 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dance Craze 1980 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Caught on a Train 1979 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Dinotopia (TV Show)

Director of Photography

No Place Like Home (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Cold Room (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Good Soldier (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Biography

This cinematographer excels in richness: the lush gauzy effects of Merchant-Ivory, the sleek look of corporate New York. Pierce-Roberts was born in England but largely raised in Central Africa. He began his career with the Central African Film Unit and graduated to doing TV work for the BBC, photographing the popular "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1980), "Voyage Round My Father" (1982) and "The Good Soldier" (1983), among many others, before graduating to feature work. For American TV, he was director of photography on the telefilms "The Cold Room" (HBO, 1984), "The Bourne Identity" (ABC, 1988) and "No Place Like Home" (CBS, 1989).

Pierce-Roberts' first film was "Caught on a Train" (1980), but he really didn't gain notice until he created a grimy, workaday London for Jerzy Skolimowski's "Moonlighting" (1982). Among the earlier films on which Pierce-Roberts was director of photography were the children's drama "Kipperbang" (1982), "A Private Function" (1984), his first US film "A Tiger's Tale" (1987) and the Alaskan drama "White Fang" (1991).

But Pierce-Roberts is perhaps best known for his work on the films of Merchant-Ivory. He won his first Oscar nomination for the sumptuous compositions and Venetian locations of "A Room with a View" (1986) and earned a second nomination for "Howards End" (1992), which effectively blended lush pastoral landscapes with scenes of dingy urban confinement. He also photographed Ivory's trendy urban comedy "Slaves of New York" (1989) and the well-received "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (1990), "The Remains of the Day" (1993) and "Surviving Picasso" (1996).

His work has also ventured from the delicacy of Merchant-Ivory, however. George Romero's "The Dark Half" (1993), shot in Pittsburgh, was a moderately-budgeted thriller, while Joel Schumacher's "The Client" (1994) was shot in the South and Barry Levinson's "Disclosure" (both 1994) took audiences into corporate boardrooms. Among Pierce-Roberts other credits are the hair-raising thrillers "Copycat" and "Haunted" (both 1995), the comedy "Jungle2Jungle" (1997) and the Italian romance "Something to Believe In" (lensed 1996).

Milestones

1992

Won acclaim for Howards End", directed by Ivory; earned second Oscar nomination

1986

First Merchant-Ivory film, "A Room with a View"; earned first Oscar nomination

1982

First feature as director of photography, "Moonlighting"

1980

First feature film as camera operator, "Caught on a Train"

Worked on TV projects including "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1980) and "The Good Soldier" (1983)

Left school to join the Central African Film Unit

Emigrated with his parents from England to central Africa at age 11

Moved to London about five years later; began at the BBC as an assistant cameraman

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