Birthday Honours 2013: Roger Deakins leads film honours
Story by Jack Foley
VETERAN cinematographer and regular Coen brothers collaborator Roger Deakins has been made a CBE for services to film in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Born in Torquay, Devon, in May 1949, Deakins has developed a reputation for being one of the film industry’s most sought after talents and has been nominated for an Oscar 10 times – although has yet to win the coveted Academy Award.
His keen eye and passion for photography is evident in all of the films he has worked on and he was an integral part in helping Sam Mendes to realise his vision for record-breaking James Bond movie Skyfall last year. View photos of Roger Deakins on set
He first made a name for himself on documentaries such as Zimbabwe and Eritrea – Behind Enemy Lines before breaking into American feature films in 1990 as a cinematographer on Mountains of the Moon.
The following year, he began his collaboration with the Coen brothers, on Barton Fink, and mostly working with them ever since (on films as diverse as O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn’t There (shot in black-and-white) and No Country For Old Men, which won the BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography.
Other memorable films upon which he has worked include The Shawshank Redemption, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, True Grit and Jarhead and Revolutionary Road (which again saw him working with Mendes).
Deakins also worked as one of the visual consultants for the Pixar’s animated feature WALL-E, DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon and Nickelodeon Movies’ Rango.
Game of Thrones star Julian Glover has been also been made a CBE in the Birthday Honours.
The 78-year-old has a string of notable film roles under his belt, including General Maximilian Veers in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the James Bond villain Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only and Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Glover attended Bristol Grammar School, where he was in the same class as actors Timothy West and Darth Vader actor David Prowse, before training at the National Youth Theatre and performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In the early 50s, he appeared in several shows at Unity Theatre, London, before regularly appearing in British television series during the 1960s and 1970s such as The Avengers, The Saint and Blake’s 7.
He has spent a career dividing his time between theatre, television and film and further highlights include his stage work with the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, voicing the giant spider Aragog in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, playing the role of Mr Brownlow in the West End revival of the musical Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and playing Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award in 1993 for Best Supporting Actor for Henry V at the Royal Shakespeare Company.