13.8.1909 – 1975
Photo Caption: L to R Stephen Dade BSC, director David MacDonald and actor, Denis Price on the set of 'The Bad Lord Byron' (1949)
STEPHEN DADE BSC
Started as a camera assistant in 1927 probably at Gainsborough Pictures, Islington. Moved to operating in 1932 on Rome Express (Directed by Walter Forde) and operated for Hitchcock on Secret Agent (1936) and Sabotoge (1936) and The Girl was Young (1937 all photographed by Bernard Knowles).
He photographed his first feature film in 1940 with Sailors Don’t Care (Directed by Oswald Mitchell) after 23 black and white features he photographed his first Technicolor feature Christopher Columbus (1949 directed by David MacDonald – with whom he worked on 6 other feature films). He was then asked to shoot additional Technicolor photography on Ivanhoe (1952 Directed by Richard Thorpe and photographed by Freddie Young OBE BSC), Mogambo (Directed by John Ford and photographed by Robert Surtees [in Hollywood] and Freddie Young OBE BSC [on Kenya locations]) as well as Knights of the Round Table (1953 directed by Richard Thorpe photographed by Freddie Young OBE BSC), and Bhowani Junction (1956 directed by George Cukor and photographed by Freddie Young OBE BSC
Other credits as director of photography include The Sea Shall Not Have them (1954 Directed by Lewis Gilbert), The Angry Hills (1959 Directed by Robert Aldrich) and probably his best known film Zulu (1964 Directed by Cy Endfield), shot in Super Technirama 70 and praised for its vibrant colour work. He carried on working, sometimes for television, until 1972.