Tony Pierce-Roberts BSC
Director of Photography Tony Pierce-Roberts BSC , more generally known as TPR , was born in Birkenhead ,England, but at the age of 11 emigrated with his parents to Central Africa. On leaving school in 1961he joined the Central African Film Unit where he found he enjoyed making game films and documentaries and also worked with visiting film crews, including units from the BBC.
After over five years Pierce-Roberts came to London and joined the BBC TV Film Unit at Ealing Studios , beginning as an assistant , and working a lot with ,and being influenced by ,Brian Tufano BSC.He finally becoming a cameraman there in 1972
As a BBC Cameraman he photographed “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” starring Sir Alec Guiness and “Caught on a Train” (with John Else) written by Stephen Poliakoff and starring Peggy Ashcroft and Michael Kitchen.
On leaving the BBC his distinguished TV work include “A Voyage Round my Father” with Sir Laurence Olivier, The Good Soldier” for Granada TV, “P’Tang Yang Kipperbang” for David Puttnam’s First Love series and “Homeless ‘ directed by Lee Grant .
His first feature film “Moonlighting” directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, was followed by Alan Bennet’s “A Private Function” directed y Malcolm Mowbray and starring Maggie Smith and Michael Palin
He then began a long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, starting with “A Room with a View”, probably the biggest career changing film he has photographed ‘He was proposed by Alex Thompson for BSC membership. Rather oddly MIP never allowed him to add BSC to his screen credit saying they thought it was” iinapproprate “(not that I was prepared to lose any work over it however)
He then continued and with “Slaves of New York”, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge with Paul and Joanna Woodward.
Not wishing to become typecast with one style of film he then shot “The Dark Half “ a horror movie written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero in Pittsburgh
In 1991 on returning after six months in Alaska on Disney’s “White Fang’” a lot of which was filmed in extreme winter conditions where sometimes it was so cold the film crumbled in the “gate “ as the assistant tried to load the camera, he was thrilled to be offered “Howards End “ for James Ivory again which went on to receive nine Oscar nominations and followed this up with “The Remains of the Day” also with James.
After being invited to the USA again in 1993 he photographed “The Client “ directed by Joel Schumacher and Warner Bros followed by “Disclosure “ for Barry Levinson, a film about sexual harassment, featuring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore.
Back in Europe he has worked in France on “Asterix Contre Cesar”, “Underworld” for Len Wiseman in Budapest, ”Doom “ featuring “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson, and “The Importance Of Being Earnest” , the first film to come out of the newly invigorated Ealing Studios, which by then had been sold by the BBCl, and “the Golden Bowl “ for MIP
Currently he lives in East Anglia dividing his time between there and London where he shot his most recent feature “Vampire Academy “ for Mark Waters.
BAFTA winner Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 1979
BAFTA winner “Caught on a Train “ (with John Else) 1981
BAFTA Nominatee “Voyage Round my Father” 1982
BAFTA , ASC nominee “A Room with a View”
BAFTA Nominee “Howards End”
BAFTA Nominee “ Remains of the Day 1993
OSCAR Nominee “ A Room with a View”
OSCAR Nominee “Howards End”
ASC Nominee for both A Room with a view and Howards End
LONDON STANDARD BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for A ROOM with a VIEW
NEW YORK CIRCLE of CRITICS Award “A Room with a View
BSC AWARD for “Howards End”