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Brian Tufano, a renowned British cinematographer whose works include Trainspotting and Billy Elliot, has died. Let’s see in detail how Brian Tufano died and the cause of Brian Tufano’s death.
How did Brian Tufano die?
Veteran British cinematographer Brian Tufano, who worked on films such as Trainspotting, Shallow Grave and Billy Elliot, died on January 14, 2023. He was 83.
The information was confirmed to Deadline by Tufano’s representatives at McKinney Macartney Management. Tufano’s former head of department at the UK’s National Film and Television School, John Wardle, also paid tribute to the cinematographer on Twitter.
I am very sorry to have to share this legend of cinematography and ex @NFTSFilmTV Department Chief Brian Tufano has died. He made so many amazing films and did so much to champion new talent, specifically female DPs. We loved him and will REALLY miss him. pic.twitter.com/qNqjWtgMuQ
— Jon Wardle (@jonwardle) January 16, 2023
NFTS director John Wardle said:
“Brian was a valued colleague and friend and I will always cherish my memories of working with him. I admired him and when I first joined the National School of Film and Television Arts he was always so generous, supportive and kind. “He was passionate about film, the creative process, the school and its students, and during his time with us he nurtured a generation of world-class cinematographers. He will be fondly remembered and missed by all of us at NFTS.”
Brian Tufano’s cause of death
We regret to inform you that Brian Tufano has passed away.
We’re saddened by this news – cinematographer Brian Tufano shot some of Scotland’s most iconic films: Trainspotting, Shallow Grave and Late Night Shopping.
— BAFTA Scotland (@BAFTAScotland) January 16, 2023
Brian Tufano was considered friendly. Many people must be curious to know the cause of Brian Tufano’s death in light of recent news.
The exact cause of Brian Tufano’s death has not yet been released. As soon as we learn more information, we will update this story.
Who was Brian Tufano?
Brian Tufano BSC is an English operator.
Tufano, who was born in London in 1939, began working as a projectionist at the BBC’s Gainsborough Studios in 1956. The BBC’s film department was based at Ealing Studios, where he later worked as a projectionist. He eventually worked his way up from trainee assistant to operator in 1963.
During his 21-year tenure at the BBC, Tufano worked with numerous directors, including Jack Gold, Ken Russell and Alan Parker. They all joined forces for the 1975 BBC TV film The Evacuees. After leaving the BBC, Tufano worked as an additional photographer on Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner.
Cinematographer Brian Tufano
Directed by Danny Boyle
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— One Perfect Shot (@OnePerfectShot) February 12, 2021
He later collaborated with Danny Boyle, whom he met at the BBC, on a number of ground-breaking films in the 1990s. Together they produced Boyle’s 1994 feature debut Shallow Grave, which paved the way for their subsequent roles in Trainspotting and A Life Less Ordinary.
Tufano also assisted several up-and-coming directors, working on films such as Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot (2000), Damien O’Donnell’s East Is East (1999), Menhai Huda’s Jump Boy (1999) and Frank Rodham’s Quadrophenia (1979).
Tufano was Head of Cinematography at the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) from 2003 to 2016 and has remained a visiting lecturer since then. He helped develop a new generation of cinematographers at the NFTS, and two of his students were Vanessa White and Charlotte Bruce Christensen (The Girl on the Train, Far from the Madding Crowd, A Quiet Place, The Black Narcissus) (Ted Lasso, All Creatures Great and Small Killed , because they are different).
A SHALLOW GRAVE (1994)
Cinematographer Brian Tufano
Directed by Danny Boyle
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— One Perfect Shot (@OnePerfectShot) December 9, 2020
Tufano has won numerous awards throughout his career, including the 2001 Bafta for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television. In 2002 he also received the Special Jury Award at the British Independent Film Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Independent Cinema. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Society of Cinematographers in 2020, after winning the BSC Arri John Alcott Memorial Award there in 2015.
He spent the previous ten years in a semi-retired state. Gymnast, a documentary that accompanied the British gymnastics team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, was his last feature film.
Tribute to Brian Tufano
Many people expressed their deepest sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him. The news of this event upset his supporters and fans.
I distinctly remember him showing us those photos from the set of Trainspotting with a wistful smile on his face. He was proud but never arrogant. A talented, brilliant, gentle man. #BrianTuffano pic.twitter.com/MzHr2WUvgR
— Kiara Ventura (@ColdAsIceCream) January 16, 2023
Everyone @NFTSFilmTV is saddened to learn of the passing of our former Chief Operating Officer, Brian Tufano. Department Chair from 2003-2016 and Visiting Faculty until recently, Brian left a lasting impression on NFTS students and staff. Condolences to his family.
— National Film and Television School (@NFTSFilmTV) January 16, 2023
Tom May tweeted,
“I am very sad to hear this. Brian Tufano was a key operator in the history of the British screen.
Siobhan Synot tweeted,
“Sad to hear the cinematography of Trainspotting and Shallow Grave Brian Tufano has passed. As well as being admired for making landmark British films, I lost count of the young directors who said he worked on their button-or-nothing student productions.”
“Really sorry to hear about the operator’s passing Brian Tufano BSC. I loved his work with Danny Boyle on Shallow Grave and Trainspotting and he was an amazing and generous teacher at NFTS”
One of the worst things a person can go through in life is losing a loved one. Every journey must have a destination at the end. This man’s time on earth is sadly over now that he has died.
We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.
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