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LESNIE, ANDREW: 1956 - 2015

Filmmakers are in shock as they mourn the sudden death of Oscar winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, a much liked and respected professional with a great body of work, not to mention a great deal of humility and warmth.

Lesnie is reported to have died of a heart attack on Monday, April 27, 2015.

Lesnie made his biggest mark with Peter Jacksonís The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, for which he won an Academy Award For Best Cinematography in 2002 for The Fellowship Of The Ring. But he has a long and proud track record, most recently working on Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings; The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers;

PETER JACKSON'S MOVING TRIBUTE TO ANDREW LESNIE:

Being an only child, I grew up wondering what it would be like to have a brother. It wasnít until today, in trying to deal with the terrible news of Andrew's passing, that I came to realise how much he had become that person for me - someone I could intrinsically love and trust - which I know now means someone who is up for all the good and the bad.

Andrew was an irreplaceable part of my family and I am in total disbelief that Iíll never again hear his infectious laugh, nor benefit from his quiet wisdom, or enjoy his generous praise.

Andrew created unforgettable, beautiful images on screen, and he did this time and again, because he only ever served what he believed in - he was his own artist, separate from me, but always working generously to make what we were trying to create together better.

On set we developed an ability to work together using a minimum of words - a rare meeting of minds. I will always remember turning up, countless times, at five in the morning - all those quiet moments I had with him when I could step on to set and know he was there - unfazed, ready, listening, interested, more importantly - ready to catch me if I faltered. He always had my back. The more anxious I became, the more calm he would be. A solid rock in the unpredictable world we both chose to work in. After 17 years and 8 movies together, the loss of Andrew is very hard to bear.

My heart goes out to Jack and Sam, of whom he was enormously proud and to Marce, who gave him so much happiness.

Dearest Andrew, you never sought nor wanted praise - you never needed to hear how good you were, you only ever cared about doing great work and respecting the work of others. But on behalf of all those who were lucky enough to collaborate with you, love you and in turn, respect your mastery of story, of light and of cinema magic - you are one of the great cinematographers of our time.

Rest in Peace, my friend.
Arohanui,

Pete

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BODY OF WORK
CINEMATOGRAPHER
The Water Diviner (2014)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
Healing (2014)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
The Turning (2013)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
The Last Airbender (2010)
The Lovely Bones (2009)
Bran Nue Dae (2009)
I am Legend (2007)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Behind the Scenes (video short, 2006)
King Kong (2005)
Loveís Brother (2004)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
The Sugar Factory (1998)
Doing Time for Patsy Cline (1997)
Two If By Sea (1996)
Babe (1995)
House of Fun (TV Series, 1994)
Spider & Rose (1994)
Fatal Past (1993)
Temptation of a Monk (1993)
The Girl Who Came Late (1992)
Boys in the Island (1990)
More Winners: Mr Edmund (TV Movie, 1990)
Fear in Fun Park (TV Movie, 1989)
The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy (TV Movie, 1989)
The Delinquents (1989)
Great Performances (TV Series, 1 ep, 1988)
Australian Dream (1987)
Dark Age (1987)
Cyclone Tracy (TV Mini-Series, 1986)
Fair Game (1986)
Emoh Ruo (1985)
Unfinished Business (1985)
Fantasy Man (1984)
Bodyline (TV Mini-Series, 1984)
The Man You Know (short, 1984)
Stations (Short, 1983)
Before the Flood (short, 1981)
The Comeback (Documentary, 1980)
Wonder World (TV Series, 1979)


Babe: Pig in the City, The Sugar Factory, Doing Time for Patsy Cline

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ANDREW LESNIE
1956 - 2015


The Water Diviner


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


Healing


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


Tim Winton's The Turning


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


Rise of the Planet of the Apes


The Last Airbender


The Lovely Bones


Bran Nue Dae


I Am Legend


King Kong


Love's Brother


Babe







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