31.5.1920 – December 2002
BOB HUKE BSC
Nigel Cedric "Bob" Huke began his career as a camera assistant in 1937, and the following year he became a clapper loader. At the outbreak of war in 1939, Huke joined the Royal Navy but was released in 1943 as a result of disability. Huke returned to the film industry as first assistant camera. In 1945, he moved to operator including Great Expectations (1946) directed by David Lean and photographed by Guy Green BSC which won the Oscar for best black and white cinematography in 1947 and Uncle Silas (1947) directed by Charles Frank and photographed by Robert Krasker BSC. From 1950 to 1957 Robert Huke moved to Brazil to join Alberto Cavalcanti, where he photographed a dozen films and documentaries for the film company Veracruz, sometimes as Bob Huke, sometimes as Nigel Huke. One of them, A Estrada (1956) directed by Oswaldo Sampaio, won a camera prize.
After a trip to Finland at the end of the decade, Huke returned to England. There from 1961 he began to work regularly as director of photography, mainly of minor entertainment films. Huke shot second units for You Only Live Twice (1967) directed by Lewis Gilbert, Battle of Britain (1969) directed by Guy Hamilton and David Lean's Ryan's Daughter (1970) all photographed by Freddie Young BSC. From 1970 to 1974 Huke also photographed a larger number of commercials.
In 1980, Bob Huke moved to Hong Kong and worked for The Shaw Brothers and as second unit DP on Madonna’s Shanghai Surprise (1986). His last credit was as operator on the TV movie To Be the Best (1992).
Huke was president of the British Society of Cinematographers 1979 to 1980.
Wikipedia (German version)/Phil Méheux