Jean-Marc Vallée, Dallas Buyers Club and Big Little Lies director, has died aged 58

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·1-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Jean-Marc Vallée
    Canadian director, screenwriter, film editor, actor and film producer from Québec (1963–2021)
  • Reese Witherspoon
    Reese Witherspoon
    American actress and producer
  • Amy Adams
    Amy Adams
    Italian-American actress

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 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.

He 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," the Canadian filmmaker 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.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting