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Sue Gibson (8 November 1952 – 27 July 2016) was a British cinematographer known for the film Mrs. Dalloway (1997). She was the first female member of the British Society of Cinematographers, and later became the first female president of the society in 2008.
Gibson’s experience with photography started after she was given her first camera at the age of fourteen. Her studies at Newport College of Art influenced her interest in film, thus leading her to attend the National Film and Television School, graduating in 1981.
After graduating in 1981 from the National Film and Television School, Gibson started her career in the film industry as a clapper loader. She worked as a clapper loader for only two years until she started her position as Director of Photography for commercials, television shows, and films.
Gibson progressed from working on television commercials to television productions after 10 years: her first being Hear My Song (1991), which then started her work with major films and television series'. As Gibson was one of the rare females working in photography and behind the camera in her day, she built her experience based on the help and teachings of those on set around her. When her first production came around, her feelings on working on Hear My Song (1991) were stated as: “It was fantastic and a great film to work on. Being your first feature you put your heart and soul into it” Sue Gibson, quoted from In Conversation with Cinematographers, by David A. Ellis.
Gibson went on to work on various television productions and series, and major film productions, including Mrs. Dalloway (1997), Resident Evil (2002), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), and more. She also worked on the British television series Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death (2014). The last thing she worked on before her death was 4 episodes of 'Death In Paradise' and was posthumously awarded The Philips Vari-Lite Award for Drama at The Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 for 2 of the episodes.
Sue Gibson has the legacy of holding the first female member of the British Society of Cinematographers, invited to the group in 1992. Her awards and work landed her an offer to be an elected as a member on the board of governors for the society in 2004, and later to become the first female president of the British Society of Cinematographers between the years of 2008-2010.
Her legacy as the first female member of the British Society of Cinematographers allowed co-worker, director Marleen Gorris, to speak highly of Gibson in an interview on the film Mrs. Dalloway, claiming she was: "the most important and only woman".
Taken from Sue Gibson on the Internet Movie Database:
|1983||The Ploughman’s Lunch||Clapper Loader|
|1983||Birth of a Nation, T.V. movie||Assistant Camera|
|1983||John Love, short|
|1991||A Room of One’s Own, T.V. movie|
|1991||The New Look|
|1991||Hear My Song|
|1997||Mrs Dalloway||Director of Photography|
|1997||Bright Hair, T.V. movie|
|1998||Amongst Women, T.V. mini series|
|1999||Pure Wickedness, T.V. series|
|2000||Saving Grace||Director of Photography; 2nd Unit|
|2001||Moving on Up|
|2001||The Search for John Gissing|
|2002||Resident Evil||Director of photography; 2nd Unit|
|2002||Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War||Director of photography|
|2002||The Forsyte Saga, mini T.V. series||Director of photography|
|2002-2003||Spooks, T.V. series||Director of photography|
|2004||AVP: Alien vs. Preditor||Director of photography|
|2005||Lights 2, short|
|2005||55 Degrees North, T.V. series||Director of photography|
|2005||Jericho, T.V. series||Director of photography|
|2005||Riot at the Right, T.V. movie|
|2006||Agatha Christie: Poirot, T.V. series (episode 1)||Director of photography|
|2006||A Sense of Carol Reed, video documentary short||Camera operator|
|2006||The Holiday||Director of photography; 2nd Unit|
|2005/2007||Agatha Christie’s Marple, T.V. series, 2 episodes||Director of photography|
|2007||Confessions of a Diary Secretary, T.V. movie||Director of photography|
|2007||Women Behind the Camera||Self|
|2009||Diamonds, T.V. movie||Lighting cameraman|
|2009||31 North 62 East|
|2010||Looking for the Lone Star||Assistant camera|
|2011||The Mapmaker, short|
|2012||Inspector Lewis, T.V. series, 1 episode||Director of photography|
|2014||Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death, T.V. movie||Director of photography|