23 April 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Austrian director of award-winning documentaries Whores’ Glory and Workingman’s Death died while filming in Africa from malaria.

Michael Glawogger, the Austrian director, screenwriter and cinematographer, has died aged 54 in Africa. Production company Lotus-Film confirmed that Glawogger died this morning (April 23) in Liberia from malaria.

He was best known for documentaries including Megacities, which won the Vienna film award in 1998; Workingman’s Death, which picked up the Grierson Award at the London Film Festival in 2005; and Whores’ Glory, which won the Austrian Film Award at the 2012 Viennale.

Glawogger recently directed the National Library of Russia segment of omnibus 3D documentary feature Cathedrals of Culture, which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

A statement from Lotus-Film said: “We have lost a long-time friend. Michael Glawogger influenced our work in a unique way and he was significantly involved in the creative orientation of the way we produce films.

“Michael went on a journey to find out what »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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