Peter Biziou
Born (1944-08-08) 8 August 1944 (age 79)
ParentLeon Bijou

Peter Biziou BSC (born 8 August 1944 in Wales) is a British cinematographer.[1] He received the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography for Mississippi Burning (1988). He received a BAFTA Award nomination for The Truman Show (1998).

His other notable credits include Bugsy Malone (1976), Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979), Time Bandits (1981), Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982), Another Country (1984), In the Name of the Father (1993), Richard III (1995), The Truman Show (1998), and Ladies in Lavender (2004)


Peter Biziou is the son of special effects cameraman and cinematographer Leon Bijou best known for shooting Foxes in 1980. He began his career in the mid-1960s where he worked on short films by Norman J. Warren and Robert Freeman. In 1973 he began his collaboration with director Alan Parker. They shot the two shorts Footsteps and Our Cissy in 1974 and in 1976 Biziou got the opportunity to work on Parker's feature film Bugsy Malone. Biziou's next works include Monty Python's Life of Brian, Time Bandits and Pink Floyd - The Wall.


Short films

Year Title Director Notes
1965 Fragment Norman J. Warren Interior photography
1968 Mini-midi Robert Freeman Documentary short
1974 Footsteps Alan Parker
Our Cissy
1976 Short Ends Ester Anderson
1983 The Bloody Chamber Nick Lewin

Feature film

Year Title Director Notes
1969 L'Échelle blanche Paul Feyder
Robert Freeman
1976 Bugsy Malone Alan Parker Shared credit with Michael Seresin
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Terry Jones
1981 Time Bandits Terry Gilliam
1982 Pink Floyd – The Wall Alan Parker
1984 Another Country Marek Kanievska
1986 9½ Weeks Adrian Lyne
1988 A World Apart Chris Menges
Mississippi Burning Alan Parker
1990 Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard
1992 City of Joy Roland Joffé
Damage Louis Malle
1993 In the Name of the Father Jim Sheridan
1994 The Road to Wellville Alan Parker
1995 Richard III Richard Loncraine
1998 The Truman Show Peter Weir
2002 Unfaithful Adrian Lyne
2003 Festival Express Bob Smeaton Documentary; Shared credit with Robert Fiore
2004 Ladies in Lavender Charles Dance
2005 Derailed Mikael Håfström


Biziou won the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for Alan Parker's film Mississippi Burning. He received a further BAFTA nomination for Peter Weir's film The Truman Show.

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1988 Academy Award Best Cinematography Mississippi Burning Won [2]
BAFTA Award Best Cinematography Won [3]
American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
1998 BAFTA Award Best Cinematography The Truman Show Nominated [4]


  1. ^ Vincent Canby (8 February 1991). "Movie Review - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead - Review/Film; A Cockeyed Perspective On Elsinore". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
  2. ^ "1988 Oscars". Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  3. ^ "1989 BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  4. ^ "1999 BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 4 June 2023.