Director Jonathan Demme tragically passed away today at the age of 73. He was an incredible director of masterpieces such as The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. The former is only the third film to win all five of the major categories at the Academy Awards including Best Director for Demme. It is still the only horror film to win Best Picture, which certainly tells you a lot about Demme’s skills as a filmmaker. Philadelphia was groundbreaking as it was the first Hollywood film to recognise HIV/AIDS, homosexuality and homophobia. It garnered a Best Actor Oscar for Tom Hanks and he later helped Anne Hathaway earn herself an Oscar nomination for Rachel Getting Married. He directed feature films, documentaries, television episodes and music videos. A man who could do anything. He approached difficult subject matters and humanised real people’s struggles with great sensitivity, all the while helping to draw out some pretty unforgettable performances from his actors. An incredible loss to the film world.
1944 – 2017
– Lorna C.