High Point Films, the theatrical sales arm for Carey Fitzgerald’s High Point Media Group has just snapped up world rights to feature documentary, Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff. It will be handled by the company’s recently launched feature doc arm, Horizons.
High Point will be introducing Cameraman to buyers in Berlin, with Optimum Films releasing it as part of a Jack Cardiff retrospective at the BFI Southbank in the UK in May and then nationwide.
Directed and produced by Craig McCall and co-produced by Richard McGill for Modus Operandi Films, the film explores the 90 year career of cinematographer, Jack Cardiff, who passed away last April.
Responsible for the camera work that distinguished some of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s best loved films, including Black Narsissus, A Matter of Life and Death and The Red Shoes, he went on to work with Alfred Hitchcock, Lawrence Olivier and John Huston. The film includes rare archive footage and contributions from collaborators and admirers such as Martin Scorsese, who cites Jack Cardiff’s work as a direct influence on many of his own films. In 2001 Cardiff became the first director of photography ever to receive an honorary, lifetime achievement Oscar.
“Although justifiably revered and loved by those within the film industry, for many outside, Jack Cardiff remains a largely unsung hero of British cinema” commented High Point’s Carey Fitzgerald.”With a career that spanned an astonishing nine decades of cinema, the remarkable output and influence celebrated in this excellent film goes some way to redressing the balance and bringing him to a wider public’s attention.”