Vale – Bruce Surtees

Bruce Surtees (R) with Clint Eastwood - 1937-2012

Hollywood cinematographer Bruce Surtees has passed away. Mr Surtees worked primarily with Clint Eastwood throughout his career, working his way up from operating the camera on projects like Two Mules For Sister Sara and Coogan’s Bluff, before stepping into the DOP role for Eastwood projects like Dirty Harry (directed by Don Siegel), Escape from Alcatraz (again for Siegel) and Play Misty For Me for Eastwood’s direction. Surtees worked on Eastwood classics like High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Joesy Wales, and Pale Rider. Aside from Eastwood, Surtees also worked with acclaimed director Bob Fosse on Lenny, which starred Dustin Hoffman and for which Surtees was nominated for an Oscar; he photographed The Shootist, Sudden Impact, Leadbelly, Night Moves, Beverley Hills Cop, and License to Drive, among others.

For bringing the gritty style of the 70’s and 80’s to audiences, we salute Bruce Surtees today. He passed away on Feburary 23rd, aged 74.


Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney’s keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them.

Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman.

As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney’s love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

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