Peter Suschitzky, A.S.C.
|Born||25 July 1941|
London, England, United Kingdom
|Occupation|| Cinematographer |
|Organization||American Society of Cinematographers|
Peter Suschitzky, A.S.C. (born 25 July 1941) is a British cinematographer and photographer.Among his most known works as director of photography are The Rocky Horror Picture Show , The Empire Strikes Back, and Mars Attacks! and the later films of David Cronenberg. Suschitzky succeeded Mark Irwin as Cronenberg's regular cinematographer when Irwin left during the pre-production of Dead Ringers (1988), and has been the cinematographer for all of Cronenberg's films since. He has also collaborated with directors John Boorman, Ken Russell, Bernard Rose, and Tim Burton.
Suschitzky has been the recipient of four Genie Awards for Best Achievement in Cinematography, and a David di Donatello Award for Best Cinematography. He is featured in the book Conversations with Cinematographers, published by Scarecrow Press. He is married to Ilona Suschitzky.
In 2015 he was selected to be a member of the jury for the International Critics' Week section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Suschitzky was born in London, Englandthe son of BAFTA Award-nominated cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky. His father was an Austrian of Jewish descent. Although music was his passion, he chose to pursue a career in cinematography while studying at Institut des hautes études cinématographiques in Paris, France. He became a clapper boy at age 19 and a camera operator at age 22.
Among his first films as DP was It Happened Here , a mockumentary-style World War II film about life in the United Kingdom, following a hypothetical Axis victory in World War II. The film was shot on handheld, 16mm film in order to give it a gritty, realistic look inspired by wartime newsreels. Due to the film's independent nature and unusual subject matter, its production lasted a total of eight years.
In 1975, Suschitzky shot The Rocky Horror Picture Show , a comedy musical film that, while initially unsuccessful, has since become a massive cult film, with regular midnight screeningsattended by dedicated, cosplaying fans. He shot the 1977 biopic Valentino for director Ken Russell, for which he received a nomination for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Cinematography. Three years later, he would lens the second entry in the long-running Star Wars film series, The Empire Strikes Back , considered to be the best in the series.
Suschitzky replaced Mark Irwin as director David Cronenberg's regular director of photography, beginning with the 1988 film Dead Ringers, for which he won a Genie Award for Best Cinematography. He would go on to win three more Genies in his collaborations with Cronenberg on the films Naked Lunch, Crash, and Eastern Promises.
|1966||It Happened Here|| Kevin Brownlow |
|The Christmas Tree||Jim Clark|
|Charlie Bubbles||Albert Finney|
|1968||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Peter Hall|
|1969||Lock Up Your Daughters!||Peter Coe|
|A Touch of Love||Waris Hussein|
|1970||Figures in a Landscape||Joseph Losey|
|Leo the Last||John Boorman|
|1971||Melody aka SWALK||Waris Hussein|
|1972||Henry VIII and his Six Wives|
|The Pied Piper||Jacques Demy|
|1973||That'll Be the Day||Claude Whatham|
|1974||All Creatures Great and Small|
|1975||The Rocky Horror Picture Show||Jim Sharman|
|1977||Valentino||Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography|
|1980||The Empire Strikes Back||Irvin Kershner|
|1984||Falling in Love||Ulu Grosbard|
|1988||In Extremis||Olivier Lorsac|
|Dead Ringers||David Cronenberg||1st collaboration with Cronenberg|
Canadian Screen Award for Best Cinematography
|1990||Where the Heart Is||John Boorman|
|1991||Un homme et deux femmes||Valérie Stroh|
|Naked Lunch||David Cronenberg||Canadian Screen Award for Best Cinematography|
|1992||The Public Eye||Howard Franklin|
|1993||The Vanishing||George Sluizer|
|M. Butterfly||David Croenenberg|
|1994||Immortal Beloved||Bernard Rose|
|1996||Mars Attacks!||Tim Burton|
|Crash||David Cronenberg||Canadian Screen Award for Best Cinematography|
|1998||The Man in the Iron Mask||Randall Wallace|
|2000||Red Planet||Antony Hoffman|
|A History of Violence||David Cronenberg|
|2006||The Stone Council||Guillaume Nicloux|
|2007||Eastern Promises||David Cronenberg||Canadian Screen Award for Best Cinematography|
|2010||NTV Sport Television(TR)||Himself|
|2011||A Dangerous Method||David Cronenberg|
|2013||After Earth||M. Night Shyamalan|
|2014||Maps to the Stars||David Cronenberg|
|2015||Tale of Tales||Matteo Garrone||David di Donatello for Best Cinematography|
|2017||ERDEM x H&M: The Secret Life of Flowers||Baz Luhrmann||Advertising campaign film|
|1964||Trinidad and Tobago||Geoffrey Jones||Documentary short|
|The Meeting||Mamoun Hassan|
|1965||Surface to Surface||Victor Menzies||Documentary short|
|Mister Lewis||Malcolm Craddock|
|1966||Road to Saint Tropez||Michael Sarne|
|The Beach||Malcolm Craddock|
|1965||The War Game||Peter Watkins||Uncredited|
|1993||Fallen Angels|| Tom Hanks |
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