Various websites are reporting the tragic death of one of the finest of recent cinematographers, Andrew Lesnie, whose magnificent work on The Lord Of The Rings trilogy greatly enhanced the awe, the excitement and the beauty of those films [the cinematography on The Hobbit trilogy just doesn’t come close]. According to a statement from the Australian Cinematographers Society, Lesnie passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Monday.
Lesnie mostly worked in Australia, most notably on the two Babe films, until his work on Jackson’s incredible trilogy not only won him an Academy Award but sprung him into the big time. As well as lensing Jackson’s The Lovely Bones and King Kong, he shot The Last Airbender, I Am Legend and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. His final film was Russell Crowe’s fine directorial debut The Water Diviner to which he really contributed some impressive work. It seems that his Hollywood career was only just getting going and was badly cut short, but at least he finished it in impressive style. Crowe posted on Twitter:
“Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on”.