Brian Tufano, a well-known UK cinematographe whose works included Trainspotting and Billy Elliot, has passed away. Let’s see How did Brian Tufano die and Brian Tufano cause of death in detail.
How did Brian Tufano die?
Veteran British cinematographer Brian Tufano, who worked on movies like Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, and Billy Elliot, has passed away on January 14, 2023. He was 83.
The information was verified to Deadline by Tufano’s representatives at McKinney Macartney Management. Tufano’s former department head at the UK’s National Film and Television School, Jon Wardle, also paid tribute to the cameraman on Twitter.
Very sorry to have to share that Cinematography legend and former @NFTSFilmTV Head of Department Brian Tufano has died. He shot so many amazing films and did so much to champion new talent, in particular female DPs. We loved him and will REALLY miss him. pic.twitter.com/qNqjWtgMuQ
— Jon Wardle (@jonwardle) January 16, 2023
NFTS director Jon Wardle said:
“Brian was a valued colleague and friend and I’ll always cherish my memories of working with him. I was in awe of him and when I first joined the National Film and Television School he was always so generous, supportive and kind. ”He cared passionately 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 remembered with great fondness and will be missed by us all at the NFTS.”
Brian Tufano cause of death
We’re sorry to have to inform you that Brian Tufano has passed away.
We are saddened by this news – Cinematographer Brian Tufano shot some of Scotland's most iconic films: Trainspotting, Shallow Grave and Late Night Shopping. https://t.co/ChzGOA9g9K
— BAFTA Scotland (@BAFTAScotland) January 16, 2023
Brian Tufano was regarded as having a friendly personality. Many people must be curious to know the Brian Tufano cause of death in light of the recent news.
The precise Brian Tufano cause of death hasn’t been revealed, yet. As soon as we find out more information, we’ll update this story.
Who was Brian Tufano?
Brian Tufano BSC was an English cinematographer.
Tufano, who was born in London in 1939, started working as a projectionist at the BBC’s Gainsborough Studios in 1956. The BBC’s film department was situated at Ealing Studios, where he later worked as a projectionist. He ultimately worked his way up from a trainee assistant to a cameraman in 1963.
Over the course of his 21-year tenure at the BBC, Tufano worked with numerous filmmakers, including Jack Gold, Ken Russell, and Alan Parker. They all joined forces for the 1975 BBC TV movie The Evacuees. After leaving the BBC, Tufano worked as an additional photographer on Ridley Scott’s 1982 picture Blade Runner.
— One Perfect Shot (@OnePerfectShot) February 12, 2021
He later collaborated with Danny Boyle, whom he had met at the BBC, on a number of ground-breaking movies in the 1990s. Together, they created 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 like Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot (2000), Damien O’Donnell’s East is East (1999), Menhaj Huda’s Jump Boy (1999), and Quadrophenia (1979) by Franc Roddam.
Tufano served as the UK’s National Film and Television School’s (NFTS) head of cinematography from 2003 to 2016 and has since remained as a visiting tutor. He helped to develop a new generation of cinematographers at the NFTS, and two of his pupils were Vanessa Whyte and Charlotte Bruus Christensen (The Girl on the Train, Far From the Madding Crowd, A Quiet Place, Black Narcissus) (Ted Lasso, All Creatures Great and Small, Murdered For Being Different).
SHALLOW GRAVE (1994)
— One Perfect Shot (@OnePerfectShot) December 9, 2020
Tufano won numerous awards over his career, including the Bafta in 2001 for distinguished contribution to film and television. In 2002, he also received the British Independent Film Awards’ Special Jury Award for Outstanding Contribution to Independent Film. 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 squad to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, was his last feature film credit.
Tributes to Brian Tufano
Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him. The news of this occurrence has upset his supporters and fans.
I vividly remember him showing us these pictures from the set of Trainspotting with a reminiscent smile on his face. He was proud but never arrogant. A talented, brilliant, gentle man. #BrianTufano pic.twitter.com/MzHr2WUvgR
— Chiara Ventura (@ColdAsIceCream) January 16, 2023
Everyone @NFTSFilmTV is saddened to learn of the passing of our former Head of Cinematography Brian Tufano. Head of Department from 2003-2016 & visiting tutor until recently, Brian left a lasting mark on NFTS students & staff. Condolences to his family.https://t.co/ek6BTNOejl
— National Film and Television School (@NFTSFilmTV) January 16, 2023
Tom May tweeted,
“Very sad to hear this. Brian Tufano was a crucial cameraman in British screen history.”
Siobhan Synnot tweeted,
“Sad to hear Trainspotting and Shallow Grave cinematographer Brian Tufano has passed. As well as being admired for lensing milestone British pictures, I’ve lost count of the young filmmakers who said he worked on their student productions for buttons or nowt”
“Really sorry to hear about the death of cinematographer Brian Tufano BSC. I loved his work with Danny Boyle on Shallow Grave and Trainspotting and he was an amazing and generous tutor at the NFTS”
One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have 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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