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British cameraman shooting for BBC drama dies in Ghana

A British cameraman – who worked on Game of Thrones and James Bond – has died while shooting a stunt sequence for a BBC drama in Ghana.

Mark Milsome is thought to have died after a camera position deemed safe was hit by a stunt car on Saturday.

Milsome, 54,  was working on upcoming drama The Forgiving Earth when the incident occurred. The BBC said it was ‘deeply shocked and saddened’ to hear the news.

It said in a statement: ‘We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear this terrible news.

‘Mark Milsome was hugely talented and a much-respected colleague. Our thoughts are with Mark’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.’

His agent, Sarah Prince, said he would be ‘greatly missed’ and that an investigation into into the circumstances surrounding his death is under way.

‘Obviously a catastrophic mistake was made, which resulted in Mark’s death. It should never, ever, have happened in this day and age,’ Ms Prince said.

Adding: ‘He was a well-respected, lovely guy – very talented.

‘There has been an outpouring of grief from people who knew him in this industry – he also grew up within it because his father was a renowned cinematographer.

‘He was a gentleman and loved by everybody. Incredibly generous with his time and talent, and his warmth.

‘He worked with very big stars, very big directors and he was very humble in all aspects. He was the antithesis of the raging egos you hear about in the industry.’

‘An investigation into the circumstances is under way, we all need answers to this dreadful tragedy.

He started out in the 1990s as a clapper loader, working his way up the camera department to focus puller, camera operator and director of photography.

The Forgiving Earth, previously called Black Earth Rising, is a crime thriller that BBC Two plans to air in the UK in 2018, with Netflix having global rights outside of Britain.

It is about the prosecution of international war crimes and written by Hugo Blick, who wrote and directed thriller The Honourable Woman.

 

Source: Daily Mail

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