Tuesday, 28 April 2015


Tributes have been appearing online all day since the news of Andrew Lesnie's death yesterday. The 59-year-old Oscar-winning cinematographer is  believed to have suffered a heart attack on Monday the 27th of April 2015. A career making documentaries and music videos through the 1980s, the Australian received widespread worldwide acclaim with his breakthrough film, Chris Noonan's 1995 film Babe. It was his subsequent work, however, on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy that established Lesnie as one of the most sought-after DPs in Hollywood, and he's collaborated with Jackson on every one of the writer / director's films since, also notching up credits on films such as I Am Legend, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Russell Crowe's recent debut The Water Diviner. Lesnie was inducted into the Australian Cinematographers Society' Hall of Fame in 2002, after winning an Oscar for The Lord of the Ring: The Fellowship of the Ring. Actors such as Magda Szubanski and Jamie Bell have paid tribute to their filmmaking colleague on Twitter. His vibrant compositions will be much missed by cinephiles, as the man himself will be much missed by friends and family.