Chris Menges Biography (1940-)

Born September 15, 1940 (some sources cite 1941), in Herefordshire (now Hereford and Worcester), England (some sources cite Knighton, Wales); son of Herbert Menges (a composer and conductor); married second wife, Judy Freeman (a sound technician); children: (first marriage) five. Addresses: Office: c/o Casarotto Co. Ltd., 60-66 Wardour St., London W1V 3HP, England; and The Fron, Duthlas near Knighton, Powys LD7 1RH, Wales.; Agent: Leading Artists, 445North Bedford Dr., Penthouse, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Cinematographer, director
Birth Details
September 15, 1940
Herefordshire, England

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Cinematographer, Unless Otherwise Noted
  • (With others) The War Game, 1962
  • Camera operator, The Saturday Men, 1962
  • Camera operator, Poor Cow, 1967
  • In Search of Opportunity, 1967
  • Camera operator, If ..., Paramount, 1968
  • Beyond the Tropopause, 1968
  • Solo, 1969
  • Kes, United Artists, 1970
  • Loving Memory, 1970
  • Black Beauty (also known as Belleza negra), Paramount, 1971
  • Talk about Work, 1971
  • Gumshoe, Columbia, 1972
  • Black Jack, National Film Finance, 1979
  • A Sense of Freedom, 1979, then Handmade/Island, 1985
  • Babylon, Diversity Music Production, 1980
  • Camera operator and director of second unit photography studio, Star Wars: Episode V--The Empire Strikes Back (also known as The Empire Strikes Back), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Couples and Robbers, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Angel (also known as Danny Boy), Motion Picture Company, 1982
  • Battletruck (also known as Warlords of the Twenty-First Century), New World, 1982
  • Looks and Smiles, Artificial Eye, 1982
  • Bloody Kids, Palace/British Film Institute, 1983
  • Local Hero, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Comfort and Joy, Universal, 1984
  • The Killing Fields, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Winter Flight, Enigma/Goldcrest, 1984
  • Marie (also known as Marie: A True Story), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985
  • Fatherland (also known as Vaterland), Film Four International, 1986, released as Singing the Blues in Red, Angelika, 1988
  • The Mission, Warner Bros., 1986
  • High Season, Hemdale, 1987
  • Shy People, Cannon, 1987
  • Director, A World Apart, Atlantic, 1988
  • Director, Crisscross (also known as Alone Together), 1992
  • Director, Second Best, 1994
  • Michael Collins, Warner Bros., 1996
  • The Boxer, Universal, 1997
  • Director, The Lost Son, Artisan Entertainment, 1999
  • The Pledge, Warner Bros., 2001
  • Riding in Cars with Boys, Columbia, 2001
  • Television Work
  • Documentary Specials; Cinematographer, Unless Otherwise Noted
  • The Opium Trail, BBC, 1964
  • Abel Gance, the Charm of Dynamite, 1968
  • (And director) Wild and Free--Twice Daily, 1969
  • (With others) The Tribe That Hides from Man, 1970
  • After a Lifetime, 1971
  • Director, A Completely Different Way of Life, 1971
  • The Opium Warlords, BBC, 1973
  • Director, Radical Lawyer, 1973
  • To Be Seven in Belfast, 1975
  • Chicago Streets, 1975
  • Director, A Family Doctor, 1975
  • Busker, 1976
  • Director, Fly on the Wall, 1978
  • Auditions, 1979
  • Before the Monsoon, 1979
  • The Gamekeeper, ATV, 1980
  • A Sense of Freedom, 1981
  • Made in Britain, 1982
  • (And producer and director) East 103rd Street, Central Television,1983
  • Rhino, 1983
  • Winter Flight, 1984
  • Which Side Are You On? 1984
  • Also cinematographer for Radio On.
  • Other Television Work
  • Cinematographer
  • World in Action (series), BBC, beginning in 1963
  • Loving Walter (miniseries; also known as Walter and June),Central Television, 1983
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Cinematographer, The Heroin Wars, 1997
  • WRITINGS
  • Contributor to periodicals, including American Cinematographer, In Camera, Positif, and Stills.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books:
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 4: Writers and Production Artists, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1996.

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