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David Watkin (I) (1925–2008)

David Watkin was born on March 23rd 1925 to a middle class family in Kent, England. Being fond of classical music, he originally wanted to become a pianist despite the lack of support from his religious father. Watkin served shortly in World War II before finally beginning his career in cinema. His break into the film world arrived when he shot the... See full bio »

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Out of Africa Cinematographer
Chariots of Fire Cinematographer
Memphis Belle Cinematographer
Moonstruck Cinematographer


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 1999 Gloria
 1997 Critical Care
 1997 Obsession
 1997 Through Roses
 1996 Bogus
 1996 Jane Eyre
 1994 Milk Money
 1993 Bopha!
 1993 This Boy's Life (director of photography)
 1992 Used People
 1990 Hamlet
 1990 Memphis Belle
 1989 Murder by Moonlight (TV Movie)
 1988 Last Rites
 1988 The Good Mother (director of photography)
 1988 Journey to the Center of the Earth (director of photography)
 1988 Masquerade
 1987 Moonstruck (director of photography)
 1986 Sky Bandits
 1985 Out of Africa (director of photography)
 1985 White Nights (director of photography)
 1985 Return to Oz
 1983 Yentl (director of photography)
 1981 Cinderella
 1981 Endless Love (director of photography)
 1981 Chariots of Fire (director of photography)
 1979 Cuba
 1979 That Summer!
 1979 Hanover Street (director of photography)
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
 1976 Robin and Marian (photographed by)
 1976 To the Devil a Daughter (director of photography)
 1975 Mahogany
 1974 The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (director of photography)
 1973 The Three Musketeers (director of photography)
 1973 A Delicate Balance (director of photography)
 1973 Yellow Dog
 1971 The Devils
 1970 Catch-22 (director of photography)
 1969 The Bed Sitting Room (director of photography)
 1968 The Charge of the Light Brigade (director of photography)
 1967 Marat/Sade
 1966 One-Eyed Jacks Are Wild (TV Movie)
 1966 Mademoiselle
 1965 Help! (director of photography)
 1964 Debate (Documentary short)
 1964 Rhythm 'n' Greens (Short)
 1963 A... is for Apple (Short)
 1963 The Scheme (Short) (photography)
 1963 The Six-Sided Triangle (Short)
 1962 ...All That Mighty Heart... (Documentary short)
 1962 Robert Reid Reports on British Waterways (Documentary short)
 1961 The Travolators (Documentary short)
 1960 Blue Pullman (Documentary short) (photographed by)
 1959 Groundwork for Progress (Documentary short) (photography)
 1959 I Am a Litter Basket (Short)
 1959 The Coasts of Clyde (Documentary short)
 1959 Under the River (Documentary short) (photographed by)
 1958 A Desperate Case (Documentary short)
 1958 Scotland for Sport (Documentary short)
 1958 Under Night Streets (Documentary short)
 1957 Holiday (Documentary short) (photographed by)
 1957 The England of Elizabeth (Short)
 1957 Lancashire Coast (Documentary short)
 1956 Men on the Mend (Documentary short)
 1956 The Long Night Haul (Documentary short)
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[on being asked about his well-known habit of sleeping on the set] "Well, it's the one thing you can do on a movie set that doesn't make you more tired!"


Lives in Brighton, England. See more »


Pioneer in cinematography with soft and bounced light



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