Best known as the cinematographer who gave director Quentin Tarantino
the unforgettable look of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, the award-winning Andrzej Sekula
was born in Poland in 1955. After beginning his career filming documentaries in his native land, he attended Britain's prestigious National Film and Television School, in Beaconsfield, UK, from 1985-88. He went on to work on commercials, music videos, short films and documentaries including Man From China (a selection of both the 1990 London and Edinburgh International Film Festivals) and Honey and Venom (which won first prize for cinematography at the 1992 BP Expo International Film Festival). Other British work includes the '70s-set sitcom The Grimleys (ITV) as well as productions for the BBC and Channel 4.
Sekula made his American feature debut as cinematographer of Reservoir Dogs (1992) and quickly became a much-in-demand director of photography on both stateside and British films, including Three of Hearts (1993); David Mamet's Oleanna (1994); Tarantino's Bst Picture Oscar-nominee Pulp Fiction (1994) and his segment of the omnibus Four Rooms (1995); Hackers (1995) with Angelina Jolie; Cousin Bette (1998) with Jessica Lange and Elisabeth Shue; the visually dazzling American Psycho (2002) with Christian Bale; and even the film-festival short Falling in Love in Pongo Ponga (2002), written and directed by actor James Woods. He made his directing debut with the feature Voodoo Dawn a.k.a. Fait Accompli (2000), starring Michael Madsen, Rosanna Arquette and Balthazar Getty. Among his other recent notable work: photographing Coca-Cola's Spanish Wedding TV commercial and those Taco Bell talking-Chihuahua ads!
Sekula has already won the 2003 Critics' Award from Europe's Fantasporto film festival for Cube 2: Hypercube, as well as earning a nomination for Best International Fantasy Film. He was nominated for Britain's top film prize, the BAFTA Film Award, for his Pulp Fiction cinematography, and for a Camerimage Golden Frog from the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, for American Psycho.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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