Vic Bateman, an international sales agent in the U.K. whose career in film spanned more than 40 years, has died. He was 72.
Over the years Bateman handled major films such as “The Deer Hunter,” “The Elephant Man,” “A Passage to India,” “All of Me,” “Highlander,” “The Hitcher,” “Death on the Nile,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Last Emperor” and “The Big Easy.”
He began in the contract administration department of British Lion in 1961, developing detailed knowledge of the commercial, financial and legal terms governing distribution arrangements on a global basis. In the early 1970s Bateman was promoted to the international sales division of what was by then EMI Films.
He co-founded United Media Film Sales in 1989 and was instrumental in the financing and worldwide sales of “The Krays” and then set up Victor Films and launched with “Split Second,” starring Rutger Hauer. Bateman handled sales on titles including “Death Machine,” directed by Stephen Norrington; Vadim Jean’s prize-winning drama “Clockwork Mice” and Philip Ridley’s “The Passion of Darkly Noon.” “Dog Soldiers,” co-financed by Victor Film Co., was a new spin on the werewolf myth with Sean Pertwee and Kevin McKidd.
Bateman was named managing director of AV Pictures in January 2003 and ran the company with Gavin Braxton for over a decade. During this time he was responsible for overseeing sales on films including “Black Water” and “The Tournament.”
He was probably best known for his love of genre films and most importantly for spotting and championing breakthrough talent, such as Norrington, Scott Mann (“The Tournament”) and Neil Marshall (“Dog Soldiers”).
Bateman’s funeral will be held at Beckenham Crematorium on June 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Condolences may be sent to his family via email@example.com
A memorial page for messages has been set up on Facebook: