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Oliver Stapleton posters


April 12, 1948

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Oliver Stapleton, BSC, has worked with a wide array of critically acclaimed filmmakers to make some of Hollywood's best stories. His career spans decades, with a diverse slate of films from "My Beautiful Laundrette" in 1984, to Taylor Hackford's "The Comedian" in 2016.Stapleton's collaborations with directors like Lasse Hallström and Stephen Frears prove him a cinematic force to be reckoned with. "The Cider House Rules," from 1999, marked his first collaboration with Hallström, and they have since made a total of five films together. He has worked with Frears on seven films, beginning with "My Beautiful Laundrette." He's also worked with Michael Hoffman five times, including the two-time Academy Award-winning epic, "Restoration" in 1995.Stapleton has a way of touching every genre in the industry, with films like the musical "Absolute Beginners" of 1986, the Nicholas Sparks' drama "The Best of Me" from 2014, and the 1988 sci-fi comedy "Earth Girls Are Easy," which earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination. read more

He began his career shooting documentaries and music videos, and won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography for his work with the band, a-ha, for "Take On Me." He has also worked on video projects with great musicians, such as David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Eddie Grant and The Human League, to name a few.His approach is to treat every film as though it is his first and uncover the appropriate style for the movie in collaboration with the Director. He has conducted many epic and legendary masterclasses at Camerimage in Poland, and is co-head of Cinematography at the National Film and Television School in the UK.

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