Director and producer Jean-Marc Vallée, who won an Emmy for directing the HBO series Big Little Lies and whose 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club earned several Oscar nominations, has died aged 58.
Vallée died suddenly in his cabin outside Quebec City, Canada, over the weekend, his representative Bumble Ward said.
The Canadian director was acclaimed for his realistic approach to filmmaking and working with people including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal.
In 2009, he directed The Young Victoria with Emily Blunt but became a sought-after name in Hollywood for Dallas Buyers Club, featuring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.
The film is about a rodeo cowboy who is diagnosed with AIDs and discovers a banned drug that can help patients survive longer.
It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture.
Vallée often shot with natural light and hand-held cameras, giving actors freedom to improvise the script and move around within a scene’s location.
“They can move anywhere they want,” he said of his actors in a 2014 interview.
“It’s giving the importance to storytelling, emotion, characters. I try not to interfere too much.”
He worked with Witherspoon to direct the first season of Big Little Lies in 2017 and directed Adams in 2018’s Sharp Objects.
Vallée won the Directors Guild of America Awards for both.