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Gale Tattersall

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Gale Tattersall
Born1948 (age 71–72)
United Kingdom
Alma materLondon Film School

Gale Tattersall (born 1948) is a British filmmaker, cinematographer and founder of the HDD SLR Workshops in Santa Monica, California. He was the cinematographer for such movies as The Commitments and Tank Girl and the director of photography on 120 House episodes. He is currently mentoring upcoming filmmakers on the art of cinematography and film making.

Early life and education

Tattersall's childhood and education were split between the outskirts of Liverpool, England, and boarding school in Darjeeling, India, his father being an engineer at a steel company in Mumbai (then called Bombay).

At the age of sixteen, he left home in Liverpool to make his life in London. The beginnings of his journey to becoming a filmmaker started as a photographer at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. A visit by Buckminster Fuller, the renowned American architect and philosopher, in the summer of 1967, caused him to pick up a Bolex camera to document his visit. He became so enchanted by the film making process that he enrolled at the London Film School for its two-year course. At graduation, he received a grant from the British Film Institute to make a short film called Value For Money, inspired by a dream and featuring Quentin Crisp, later to become famous for The Naked Civil Servant.


Tattersall has been nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie for his work on the Ron Howard-produced 1998 docudrama miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. He was twice nominated for the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series for the House M.D. episodes "House's Head" and "Meaning".

Personal life

Tattersall has two grown sons, Rio and Sunny with his Brazilian ex-wife, Teresa.


Year Film Cinematographer Camera operator Self Notes
2006–2012 House M.D. Yes TV series – 120 episodes
NominatedAmerican Society of Cinematographers Awards 2008 – Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series for episode "House's Head"
NominatedAmerican Society of Cinematographers Awards 2006 – Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series for episode "Meaning"[1]
2006 Relying on the Anointing Yes Video short
The Power of Proclamation Yes Video short
The Matchless Message Yes Video short
The Man Is the Message Yes Video short
Lost at Sea Yes Video short
How I Learned Faith Yes Video short
The Art of the Impossible Yes Video short
2004 The Commitments: Looking Back Yes Video documentary
2002 Ghost Ship Yes
2001 Thir13en Ghosts Yes
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Yes TV series – Pilot
1999 Pushing Tin Yes
The Jack Bull Yes TV movie
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Yes TV mini-series
Nominated50th Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie[2]
HBO First Look: Making "From the Earth to the Moon" Yes TV series documentary
1995 Virtuosity Yes
Tank Girl Yes
Hideaway Yes
1991 The Commitments Yes
The Addams Family Yes Additional photographer
1990 Vroom Yes
1989 Wild Orchid Yes Yes
1988 Homeboy Yes
Space Riders Yes
1987 Aria Yes Segment "La Vergine Degli Angeli"
1986 Comrades Yes
Forever Young Yes
Link Yes Director of photography: UK second unit
1985 Wings of Death Yes Yes Short film
The Emerald Forest Yes
1983 Those Glory Glory Days Yes TV movie
1980 Dark Water Yes Short film
Sweet William Yes
1978 The Getting of Wisdom Yes
1977 Summerfield Yes
1976 Don's Party Yes
The Fourth Wish Yes
1974 Barry McKenzie Holds His Own Yes
Behind the Scenes Footage from "Barry McKenzie Holds His Own" Yes
1973 My Ain Folk Yes
Monster or Miracle? Sydney Opera House Yes TV movie
The Wreck of the Batavia Yes TV movie
1972 The Adventures of Barry McKenzie Yes
My Childhood Yes Additional photographer


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