November 20, 2007
Stephen Goldblatt Illuminates the Art of Filmmaking
Born in South Africa and raised in England, cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt began his career as a still photographer and documentarian before turning to feature films. His 35mm debut, the 1980 rock drama Breaking Glass, went on to become a cult favorite.
Since then, Goldblatt has earned ASC and Academy Award nominations for his work on Batman Forever and The Prince of Tides. He recently garnered his third ASC nomination for Angels in America, HBO’s screen adaptation of Tony Kushner’s Tony Award–winning epic drama.
A short list of yet more artful and memorable credits includes The Hunger, The Cotton Club, Lethal Weapon, Joe Versus the Volcano, The Pelican Brief and Rent. The highly anticipated Christmas release of Charlie Wilson’s War will mark his third collaboration with director Mike Nichols, preceded by Closer and the aforementioned Angels in America, both of which played at the 30th Starz Denver Film Festival.
After receiving his tribute at this year’s festival, Goldblatt spoke with noted film critic Robert Denerstein, describing the many challenges a cinematographer must face in the course of making a movie, from issues of vision with directors to natural disasters distroying the set.