Phil Nutman was one of my best friends. Exactly 24 hours after he died, I wrote about him. For about twelve hours straight. I put down my memories of him as a way to deal with his death. What I wrote that night I am not going to share here. Because of the very personal nature of that piece, I gave it only to his widow and two of my other close friends. I do however want to share some stuff publicly. I'd like people to know more about the man I knew well for 29 years, the film, fiction, and drama genius, my first writing partner, the friend I created with and argued fiercely with, laughed uproariously with, and cried with. I'll also post as many photos of Phil as I have and could find.
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Upper left shows the Grand Cinema being demolished in February 1963, five months before Phil was born. I imagine his mother would have seen many films there.
Phil and I met in late 1985 via a trans-Atlantic call. He was doing coverage for Fangoria of From Beyond, a Stuart Gordon film for which I’d created many of the special makeup effects. It was being shot in Rome, but due to another film commitment, I had to remain in L.A. Fangoria informed me Phil had done on-set interviews in Italy, and had set up the last one with me over the phone. Phil and I somehow hit it off during that call and he said if I was ever in London to give him a ring. We stayed in touch and the following year I called to say I’d be in England for a few weeks.
*** I'll be adding to this page soon. Been busy with many things.