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Subject: Archive: Duncan Gibbons, Nov. 3, 1993

Film and music video director
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Date Posted: Friday, November 03, 04:08:06pm

Duncan Gibbins (13 October 1952 3 November 1993) was a British film and music video director, as well as a screenwriter. Gibbins was known for his romance and thriller films as well as for the various music videos he directed. Gibbons first break was with the 1986 release of, Fire with Fire, about a young woman who attends a Catholic school and a young man from a nearby prison camp who fall in love with each other and must runaway together to escape the law, the church and their parents.

On 3 November 1993, Gibbons died as a result of third degree burns he received from a fire at the home he was renting. He was forty-one years old at the time of his death.


Gibbins was born in Jersey, on 13 October 1952. After attending The Arthur Terry School in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, he started his career out as an actor on radio and in television, as a reporter for BBC Midlands Today. At one point, Gibbins decided that he wanted to try out journalism but found that he did not much care for it. Before coming to the US in the mid-1980s, he produced and directed a few documentaries for the BBC and made music videos for such groups as the Eurythmics and Wham!.[5] He made his feature-film debut in the US with the 1986 romantic drama film, Fire with Fire in 1986 which starred actors Craig Sheffer and Virginia Madsen. Gibbins later co-penned the script for Roger Spottiswoode's Third Degree Burn, a made-for-TV movie in 1989.

In 1991, Gibbins released Eve of Destruction, an action thriller film starring Gregory Hines about a female scientist who creates a sexy android version of herself and equips it with both the passionate emotions she lacks and also a nuclear bomb, then the trouble begins.
Gibbins made his final film, A Case for Murder in 1993, which starred Jennifer Grey and Peter Berg about a lawyer who gets involved with her partner, then suspects him of murder in a case they are trying together.


On 3 November 1993, Gibbins narrowly escaped a wildfire that was roaring through all of Southern California and was engulfing the home he was renting in flames. Gibbins decided to go back in to rescue a cat that he saw in the burning building. While trying to rescue the cat, he received severe burns. Being literally set on fire, he jumped into his swimming pool. With burns covering 95% of his body, chlorine and other chemicals used to keep the pool sanatised were able to penetrate his blood stream. He was rescued still conscious, still asking about his cat. Gibbins later died at Sherman Oaks Hospital and Health Center's burn unit. Days later, the cat was found unharmed save for a few minor burns.

Music videos

1987 Someone to Love Me for Me Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, featuring Full Force
1987 The Hands of Time Gregg Rolie
1987 It Doesn't Have to Be This Way the Blow Monkeys
1986 Don't Leave Me This Way the Communards
1985 Smuggler's Blues Glenn Frey
1985 Walking on the Chinese Wall Philip Bailey
1984 Careless Whisper George Michael
1984 Robert De Niro's Waiting... Bananarama
1984 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go [version 2: live] Wham!
1984 Sexy Girl Glenn Frey
1983 That Was Then but This Is Now ABC
1983 Club Tropicana Wham!
1983 Tell Me Why Musical Youth
1983 Love to Stay Altered Images
1983 Who's That Girl? Eurythmics
1983 Just Got Lucky JoBoxers

Feature films

Fire with Fire (1986)
Third Degree Burns (1989), screenwriter
Eve of Destruction (1991)
A Case for Murder

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Killed in a fire, he directed the films "Fire with Fire" & "Third Degree Burns" (NT).Friday, November 03, 04:09:09pm

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