“In your life, in one’s work, one must try to be truthful to the task at hand, to realise and respond to what the work itself demands. Sometimes this calls for established rules to be broken, but that’s life isn’t it? Rule-breaking applies to many things, not just filmmaking. I certainly don’t think there’s a right or a wrong way to make a film, I’ve often discovered a right way and another right way – nothing is definitive. Admittedly, many people prefer the safety of the known road, but I found situations regularly required me to take a different path and I was happy and ready to do so.” — Nicolas Roeg
Born 15 August 1928
“I can’t think how anyone can become a director without learning the craft of cinematography. I was very glad later when I was directing that I wasn’t in the hands of a cinematographer and hoping that he would do it well. I would know what he was doing, and we could discuss how that scene would look. It was just lucky in a way that I didn’t go to film school and just learned all this on the floor.”
David Bowie and Nicolas Roeg on the set of The Man Who Fell to Earth
Insignificance // dir. Nicolas Roeg
If I say I know, I stop thinking. As long as I keep thinking, I come to understand. That way, I might approach some truth.
David Bowie // The Man Who Fell to Earth // Nicolas Roeg