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Picture Perfect: A conversation with cinematographer Peter James

28 August 2013 5:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Primetime Emmy-nominee Peter James about his career and the art of cinematography...

“My father was a house painter and my mother worked at the school canteen; she was a hairdresser as a young girl during the war,” recalls Peter James of his childhood growing up in Sydney, Australia.  “We didn’t even have a record player in the house.  We didn’t get a black and white TV until 1963.”  The prospects for the teenager did not look good until his cousin Jon Cleary, a prolific novelist who had an Oscar nominated adaptation called The Sundowners (1960) produced, intervened.   “He had written several film scripts and asked my parents, ‘What is Peter going to do when he finishes school?’  I was only 15.  They said, ‘He’s hopeless.  He can’t read or write.’  In fact I’m dyslectic. The word dyslectic hadn’t been invented in those days. »

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