Derek Suter BSC is one of Britain's most reputable Directors of Photography with a distinguished career both in film and television having worked on some of the most notable films of the last 40 years including A Private Function, Superman 1, Laughter in the Dark and The Eagle Has Landed. Here he recounts his career from electrician to lighting man, and then starting his 'apprenticeship' to becoming a cinematographer.
Over to you Derek:-
'My introduction to the film business came in a rather roundabout way through an illicit jaunt to Croydon one lunch time. My father had a haulage company in Shepherds Bush that went bust so I took on a number of jobs including driving a concrete mixer and cleaning cars for a dealer on the Goldhawk Road.