This is news I've been excited to report for some time. This year, I was on the London Film Critics' Circle awards committee to determine who would receive the group's annual Dilys Powell Award for contribution to British cinema, which wasn't the most simple of tasks. Many worthy names were bandied about, but the final choice is one no one could take issue with: venerable London-born director and former cinematographer Nicolas Roeg.
It's hard to think of someone more deserving of career recognition: in addition to helming such offbeat classics as "Performance," "Don't Look Now" and "The Man Who Fell to Earth," Roeg brought equal formal vigor to his lensing of "Far From the Madding Crowd" and "Petulia," among others. The choice strikes a chord with me personally, given that "The Witches" was something of a formative film for my seven year-old self. Indeed, Roeg's was the first director's name I ever took note of.