| Chris Menges|
| Judy Freeman|
| September 15, 1940 (age 75) (1940-09-15) Kington, Herefordshire|
Evelyn Stiebel, Herbert Menges
Susannah Menges, Nicholas Menges
The Reader, The Mission, The Killing Fields, A World Apart, Extremely Loud and Incredibly
Roland Joffe, Roger Deakins, David Puttnam, Stephen Daldry, Jim Clark
Oona Menges, Luke Menges
Chris Menges Wikipedia
Chris Menges BSC, ASC (born 15 September 1940) is an English cinematographer and film director. He is a member of both the American and British Societies of Cinematographers.
Menges was born in Kington, Herefordshire, the son of the composer and conductor Herbert Menges. He began his career in the 1960s as camera operator for documentaries by Adrian Cowell and for films like Poor Cow by Ken Loach and If.... by Lindsay Anderson. Kes, directed by Ken Loach, was his first film as cinematographer. He was also behind the camera on Stephen Frears' first feature film Gumshoe in 1971.
After several documentaries and feature films like Black Beauty (1971), Bloody Kids (1978), The Game Keeper (1980), Babylon (1980) and Angel (1982) he became notable for more ambitious works for which he was critically acclaimed.
In 1983 he received his first BAFTA nomination for the Bill Forsyth film Local Hero and only a year later won his first Academy Award for the film The Killing Fields about the genocide in Cambodia. He continued his work with helmer Roland Joffe and he won his second Oscar in 1986 with the historical drama The Mission. He also shot a television play titled "Made in Britain", starring Tim Roth in 1983.
In 1988 he gave his directional debut with A World Apart. This film was celebrated at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival and won three major awards.
His second film as director CrissCross with Goldie Hawn received critical acclaim but was a box-office flop. In 1996 he moved back behind the camera to shoot the award winning films The Boxer (directed by Jim Sheridan) and Michael Collins. For the latter he received his third Academy Award nomination in 1997.
Menges also made documentaries. In the early 1970s he went to Burma with British film maker Adrian Cowell to shoot The Opium Warlords, a film about the drug trade. After the release of the documentary in 1974 the Burmese government was said to have put a price on their heads. He is mentioned in the book Conversations with Cinematographers by David A. Ellis, published by Scarecrow Press.1968: Kes directed by Ken Loach
1971: Gumshoe directed by Stephen Frears
1980: The Gamekeeper directed by Ken Loach
1981: Looks and Smiles directed by Ken Loach
1982: Warlords of the 21st Century directed by Harley Cokliss
1983: Local Hero directed by Bill Forsyth
1984: The Killing Fields directed by Roland Joffe
1984: Comfort and Joy directed by Bill Forsyth
1986: The Mission directed by Roland Joffe
1987: Shy People directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
1996: Michael Collins directed by Neil Jordan
1997: The Boxer directed by Jim Sheridan
2001: The Pledge directed by Sean Penn
2002: Dirty Pretty Things directed by Stephen Frears
2002: The Good Thief directed by Neil Jordan
2003: Concert For George directed by David Leland
2005: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada directed by Tommy Lee Jones
2005: North Country directed by Niki Caro
2006: Notes on a Scandal directed by Richard Eyre
2008: The Reader, with Roger A. Deakins, directed by Stephen Daldry
2008: Stop-Loss directed by Kimberly Peirce
2008: The Yellow Handkerchief directed by Udayan Prasad
2010: Route Irish directed by Ken Loach
2011: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close directed by Stephen Daldry
1988: A World Apart
1994: Second Best
1999: The Lost Son