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Tufano, Brian (1939-)


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Brian Tufano entered the film industry at age 12 as a page boy at Lime Grove Studios. After a long apprenticeship with the BBC, where he worked with such about-to-be-influential filmmakers as Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Stephen Frears in the '60s and '70s, he spent time in the US working on commercials and also on such films as Blade Runner (US, d. Ridley Scott, 1982).

Returning to England in the early '90s, he became associated with some of the most successful films of the resurgent British cinema, starting with two for Danny Boyle: Shallow Grave (1994) and Trainspotting (1996), films that enjoyed cult status on a very commercial basis. Eschewing equally the gritty, hand-held look of the urban realism strand or the high pictorial gloss of heritage filmmaking, he has found a way to combine the realist with an element of poetic commentary in such films as Billy Elliot (d. Stephen Daldry, 2000), Late Night Shopping (UK/Germany, d. Saul Metzstein, 2001) and Last Orders (UK/Germany, d. Fred Schepisi, 2002).

Saul Metzein, 'Grit and polish', Sight and Sound, May 2001.

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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Thumbnail image of East is East (1999)East is East (1999)

Comedy about a Pakistani chip shop owner living in Salford

Thumbnail image of Sailor's Return, The (1978)Sailor's Return, The (1978)

An interracial marriage provokes disaster in Victorian England

Thumbnail image of Trainspotting (1996)Trainspotting (1996)

Film about Edinburgh junkies that became a cultural phenomenon

Thumbnail image of Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, The (1974)Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, The (1974)

Controversial, hard-hitting dramatised history of Scotland

Thumbnail image of Evacuees, The (1975)Evacuees, The (1975)

Jack Rosenthal WWII drama about two Jewish boys evacuated to Blackpool

Thumbnail image of Isadora (1966)Isadora (1966)

Ken Russell's dramatised documentary about dancer Isadora Duncan

Thumbnail image of Price Of Coal, The (1977)Price Of Coal, The (1977)

Comic and tragic events at a Yorkshire pit in Ken Loach's two-parter

Thumbnail image of Sunset Across the Bay (1975)Sunset Across the Bay (1975)

Poignant Alan Bennett play about an elderly couple retiring to the seaside

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