Director Russell Crowe and cinematographer Andrew Lesnie pictured on the set of the movie The Water Diviner. Supplied by Unviersal Pictures Australia.
Director Russell Crowe and cinematographer Andrew Lesnie pictured on the set of the movie The Water Diviner. Supplied by Unviersal Pictures Australia. Mark Rogers

Oscar-winning Aussie film maker Andrew Lesnie dies

OSCAR-winning Australian filmmaker Andrew Lesnie has passed away.

The Sydney filmmaker, best known for his ground-breaking cinematography in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, reportedly died after suffering a heart attack yesterday, aged 59.

Lesnie most recently worked with first-time director Russell Crowe on his post-Gallipoli drama The Water Diviner. Crowe tweeted about his devastation over the passing of the "master of light".

His 40-year career also includes Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, King Kong, Babe and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.


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