Vale: Andrew Lesnie

Aussie Cinematographer best known for films including The Lord of the Rings and The Water Diviner, has died.


Australian Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, best known for films including The Lord of the Rings and The Water Diviner, has died, aged 59.

He is understood to have died of a heart attack yesterday.

“We have been advised of the sudden death of Andrew,” a spokesman from the Australian Cinematographers Society told News Corp. His family is expected to make a statement later.

Lesnie worked predominantly in film, but also has earlier credits in Australian television.

He won an Academy Award For Best Cinematography in 2002 for The Fellowship Of The Ring, having been director of photographer on all three of the Rings and Hobbit cycles.

Other key film titles include Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Bran Nue Dae, King Kong, I am Legend, Babe, Doing Time for Patsy Cline, Love’s Brother and The Delinquents.

His first credit was on Simon Townsend’s Wonder World in 1979 as both cameraman and director before he went on to work on Bodyline, Cyclone Tracy, The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy, More Winners and House of Fun.

His most recent completed credit The Water Diviner aired on Seven last week.

5 Responses

  1. I am stunned to read this. Andrew was a world class cinematographer and way too young to leave the planet. I just loved his work, even if i didn’t love the movie itself. Very sad, and very much a loss to the world of cinema.

  2. Respect….sympathy to his family/friends….a great loss also to the industry….losing such an artist…for taking a great picture is also a beautiful art form…. 🙁

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