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Sue Gibson (cinematographer)

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.[1]

Early life and biography

Sue Gibson was born in Derbyshire, England.[2] She left Derbyshire at the age of 18, in 1970[2] after school and followed her passion, taking up photography at the Newport College of Art.[2]

Gibson’s experience with photography started after she was given her first camera at the age of fourteen.[2] 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.[2]

Career

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.[2]

Gibson progressed from working on television commercials to television productions after 10 years: her first being Hear My Song (1991),[3] 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.[3] 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.[3]

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).[4] 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.

Legacy

Sue Gibson has the legacy of holding the first female member of the British Society of Cinematographers, invited to the group in 1992.[1] 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.[1]

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".[5]

Filmography

Taken from Sue Gibson on the Internet Movie Database:

Year Title Credit Listing
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 Secret Friends
1991 Hear My Song
1997 Mrs Dalloway Director of Photography
1997 Bright Hair, T.V. movie
1998 Amongst Women, T.V. mini series
1998 Lights, short
1999 Pure Wickedness, T.V. series
1999 Tube Tales
2000 Saving Grace Director of Photography; 2nd Unit
2001 Moving on Up
2001 Fourplay
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
2008 Shooting Women 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

Awards and nominations

References

  1. ^ a b c "Sue Gibson Becomes First Lady President of British Society of Cinematographers". 4rfv.co.uk. Flagship Media Group. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ellis, David, A. (2015). In Conversation With Cinematographers. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. p. 1. 
  3. ^ a b c Ellis, David, A. (2015). In Conversation With Cinematographers. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. p. 2. 
  4. ^ Ellis, David, A. (2015). In Conversation With Cinematographers. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. p. 7. 
  5. ^ Palmer, Augusta. "Seven Questions with Marleen Gorris, director of "Mrs. Dalloway"". Indiewire. Retrieved September 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Ellis, David, A. (2015). In Conversation With Cinematographers. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. p. 8. 
  7. ^ a b c Ellis, David, A. (2015). In Conversation With Cinematographers. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. p. 4. 

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