"Thank you for making so many brave choices, and giving this strange little lad in pyjamas an ongoing love of filmmaking"
Roeg, whose work in cinema spanned six decades, died aged 90 this week. Renowned for his inventive and controversial approach to film, his 1973 psychological thriller Don’t Look Now made headlines due to its graphic sex scenes.
As well as directing The Rolling Stones‘ Mick Jagger in the crime drama Performance, one of his most iconic works the cult sci-fi classic The Man Who Fell To Earth – starring David Bowie and based on the novel by Walter Tevis. One of Bowie’s final projects was the theatre sequel, the musical Lazarus.
Bowie’s son, the acclaimed director Duncan Jones, paid his respects to Roeg while sharing a photo from his childhood with his father.
“Just heard another great storyteller, the inimitable Nicolas Roeg left us today,” wrote Jones. “What an incredible body of work he’s left us with! All my love to his family. Thank you for making so many brave choices, and giving this strange little lad in pyjamas an ongoing love of filmmaking.”
Paying tribute to his father last night, Nicolas Roeg Jr wrote: “He was a genuine dad. He just had his 90th birthday in August”.
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