Some of the world’s most popular musicians have paid tribute to the late film director Jonathan Demme. Demme tragically passed away earlier this week at the age of 73, following complications from oesophageal cancer.
Born in Baldwin, New York in 1944, Jonathan Demme was one of the most successful movie directors of his generation. A profound creator of big budget Hollywood films and music documentaries, Demme gained a number of admirers in both the film and music industries.
A University of Florida graduate, Jonathan Demme first made a name for himself in the early 1970s for his work with exploitation film producer Roger Corman. His directorial debut came with 1974’s ‘Caged Heat’. He also scored minor hits with ‘Crazy Mama’, ‘Fighting Mad’ and ‘Handle With Care’.
In 1984, Demme first branched into the world of music documentaries with cult Talking Heads concert film ‘Stop Making Sense’. He would later create similar works for Neil Young and Justin Timberlake.
Demme is perhaps best known for his 1990s films ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘Philadelphia’. ‘Silence of the Lambs’ is now considered to be one of the greatest cinematic works of all time, and earned Demme a string of prestigious awards including an Academy Award for Best Director in 1991. He also won a Golden Globe and two BAFTAs.
Demme passed away on April 26 after a lengthy battle with both cancer and heart disease. Tributes have been flooding in to commemorate the director over the last few days.
Singer Justin Timberlake posted a touching eulogy to the director via instagram, in which he wrote: “You, master of humanity. You, genius of storytelling. You, generous and warm man. You, special soul. You taught me so much about life and art and about standing up for what you believe. You made me better at my craft. And, the time I spent with you away from a camera and a stage made a better human out of me. You are truly irreplaceable. I will miss you so dearly, my sweet friend. I hope we meet again someday. I love you, JD. May you Rest In Peace. – Justin.”
Other notable celebrities that have paid tribute to the director include Bruce Springsteen, Ron Howard, David Byrne and Kevin Smith.