class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-24351″ title=”cameraman” src=”×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”150″ />The BFI recently screened the Craig McCall film Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, a timely look at a body of work whose influence and invention cannot be understated, and we were fortunate to get to speak with director Craig McCall about his film and the wider implications of the work of  Jack Cardiff,

Brendon Connelly conducted the interview for HeyUGuys.

In 2001, Jack Cardiff was the first cinematographer to win an honorary Oscar. This was over half a decade on from his first Academy win for the astonishing photography in Black Narcissus and by then, Cardiff’s reputation had blossomed.

Fans of that Black Narcissus may well have seen Painting With Light, a DVD supplement on Cardiff’s cinematography for the film that was issued on various DVD releases of the picture. What these fans may not have known was that the documentary was built from the footage being gathered for a longer project, a more comprehensive study which is now on release as the feature length Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff.

The film is currently playing in cinemas, which is precisely where Jack himself would have wanted you to see it, his images tall, bright and shimmering. From any half decent screen, Cardiff’s images will bathe the audience in a powerful, hypnotic light, the film literally washing over them like waves.

This morning I had the pleasure to speak with Craig McCall, the director of Cameraman about his documentaries, and about Jack and his work – including some of his less lauded, perhaps less well known pictures. Here’s the audio of our short conversation, you can listen below or Download the MP3 here.


HeyUGuys wishes to thank Craig for his time, and if you want to find out if the film is playing near you please click here.