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Andrew Lesnie holding two torches in a dimly lit passage Andrew Lesnie, ASC, ACS, lights the way on I AM LEGEND. (Barry Wetcher, SMPSP/Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Vale Andrew Lesnie, "Master of Light"


    Posted on: 05/05/2015

    Acclaimed Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie sadly passed away on 27 April 2015. 

    Lesnie’s career spanned over three decades, beginning in the “Australian Renaissance” of the 1970s - when he started out as a runner on Bruce Beresford’s production of the Australian classic The Getting of Wisdom (1978) – and most recently including cinematography for Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner (2014).

    In between these milestones, Lesnie contributed to numerous influential and fondly-remembered films, including Clara Law’s Temptation of a Monk (1993), Chris Noonan’s Babe (1995) and Rachel Perkins’ Bran Nue Dae (2009).

    Perhaps most famously, Lesnie was Director of Photography for Peter Jackson’s  Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001 – 2003). The 2002 Oscar for Best Cinematography was awarded to Lesnie for the first film, The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

    In his Twitter message mourning Lesnie’s passing, Russell Crowe described Andrew Lesnie as a “master of the light”.


    You can see the development of Lesnie’s art through his earlier works, available for viewing at the Australian Mediatheque.

    Titles available include Fantasy Man (1984), Emoh Ruo (1985), Australian Dream (1987), The Delinquents (1989), Temptation of a Monk (1993), Spider & Rose (1994), Babe (1995), Doing Time for Patsy Cline (1997), Babe: Pig in the City (1998), Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers (2002) and Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King (2003).

    Call 8663-2255 between 12-5 pm Monday – Friday to make a viewing booking.

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