January 5, 2004 by

Brian Gibson

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Brian Gibson, an award-winning film and television director, died on Jan. 4 from Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He was 59.
Gibson graduated from Cambridge University and spent the 1960s shooting scientific documentaries for the BBC. In 1976, he directed Dennis Potter’s screenplay, “Where Adam Stood,” which was based on the autobiography of Christian fundamentalist Edmund Gosse. Gibson and Potter later collaborated on the film, “Blue Remembered Hills,” which won the British Film and Television Arts awards for best director and best film.
In 1980, Gibson directed his first feature film, “Breaking Glass.” The story of a punk rock singer was no box office hit, but it led to job offers from Hollywood. For the next two decades, he would helm several major motion pictures, including “Poltergeist II” and “The Juror.”
His HBO film, “Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story,” was nominated in 1989 for several Golden Globe and Emmy awards. The 1991 TV movie, “The Josephine Baker Story,” earned Gibson an Emmy for best director. And in 1993, he directed “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” the biopic of singer Tina Turner, starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne. Both actors received Oscar nominations for their performances.
The last movie Gibson directed was the 1998 parody, “Still Crazy in London.” The small budget, independent film starred Bill Nighy and Billy Connolly, and received several Golden Globe nominations. Gibson also served as executive producer of the biopic, “Frida.” Salma Hayek earned an Oscar nomination in 2002 for her performance in the film as tortured artist Frida Kahlo.

5 Responses to Brian Gibson

  1. Ian Liston

    Before he hit the big time Brian directed a wonderful dramatized documentary for BBC Horizon called ‘Joey’ – I’m surprised it’s missing from his obit credits (search it out – it’s well worth it) – and gave me, as a total unknown with very little experience, the most demanding role I’ve ever had as an actor. That’s still the case 30 years later. He had an extraordinary ability to get to the best out of a performer … and was a thoroughly nice man to know.

  2. patricia day

    I knew Brian before he went up to Cambridge and also whilst he was there for the first couple of years. He was the nicest kindest fellow and at that time wanted to become a gynocologist. I was so very sorry to learn that he had died, and send my condolences to his family.

  3. chriscanaan

    Also omited from his credits was “Camerena Drug Wars,” the Emmy winning mini-series of 1989-90. I was privelaged to be one of the writers. Mr. Gibson was a kind, intelligent man who went toe to to with Producer Michael Mann. He earned Mann’s respect and the respect of all involved.

  4. sarah peacock

    He was a very gifted human being and he shall be sorely missed. My deepest sympathies to anyone who knew him. I am only a fan, but will love his films for years to come and hope that many more will do so aswell. A bright star has gone out and will never be replaced in the hearts of those whose hearts he touched.

  5. Miss Gibson

    I am Brians 2nd or 3rd cousin. I knew his daughter when i was a child and i am the grand-daughter of Maureen and Douglas. i heard from my mum and sister that he was a kind family man and i am sorry to hear about it.

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