I have just learned the very sad news that the legendary British director and cinematographer, Freddie Francis, has died aged 89. According to reports, Freddie Francis passed away on Saturday in a hospital near his home in Osterley, west London. He had suffered a stroke in December, 2006.
The mid-1960s saw Freddie Francis move towards the role of directing, most famously perhaps working for both Amicus and Hammer film studios. Amongst the many films he directed are The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965), The Skull (1965), Torture Garden (1967), Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Creeping Flesh (1973), Legend of the Werewolf (1975), The Ghoul (1975), these last two produced by his son, Kevin Francis, and many more. Freddie Francis returned to cinematography with David Lynch's film The Elephant Man (1980), and subsequent work in this field includes The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Dune (1984), and Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood (1989), amongst others.
Freddie Francis received many awards throughout his life in recognition of his work, including two Academy Awards for cinematography for Sons and Lovers (1960), and Glory (1989). He was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Society of Cinematographers in 1997, and with the International Award from the American Society of Cinematographers in 1998.
Freddie Francis worked with Mr Lee on a whole range of films, and, as a director, they collaborated on The Skull (1965), Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965), Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), and The Creeping Flesh (1973).
Information at the present time is very scarce, but articles can be found at the following links: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117961465.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21420173-1702,00.html
I am certain that Freddie Francis will be very sadly missed by his family, friends, and loved ones, and by millions of people across the world who admired and enjoyed his work in the film industry. I would like to pay tribute to Freddie Francis for his brilliant work and for the joy and pleasure he brought to me and to everyone else who knew and loved his films. May God bless his soul and grant him eternal peace.
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