Donald McAlpine

Donald McAlpine ACS, ASC (born 13 April 1934) is an Australian cinematographer.

Donald McAlpine
Born (1934-04-13) 13 April 1934 (age 87)
Years active1972–present


Early life and careerEdit

Before his film career, McAlpine was a physical education teacher in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. He began using a 16mm Camera to film athletes preparing for the Melbourne Olympic Games.

McAlpine's early career in Australia found him collaborating with other great Australian filmmakers from 1972 to 1981. In particular, Bruce Beresford. McAlpine filmed many of Beresford's early films including, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, Don's Party, The Getting of Wisdom, Money Movers, Breaker Morant and The Club. McAlpine also worked with another great Australian filmmaker, Gillian Armstrong, in My Brilliant Career.

After three of McAlpine's films were released in New York, My Brilliant Career, Breaker Morant and The Getting of Wisdom, Director Paul Mazursky noticed McAlpine's work and offered him the chance to travel to Greece to work on the film Tempest. After a successful shoot, work in the United States began to find its way to McAlpine.

Work on acclaimed filmsEdit

McAlpine has filmed some of the most acclaimed films and was also nominated for an Academy Award for his work in Moulin Rouge! He is a member of both the Australian Cinematographers Society and the American Society of Cinematographers. The A.S.C. honored him with the 2009 International Achievement Award.[1]


Year Film Director Note
1970 Or Forever Hold Your Peace Frances Beaton
Richard Brennan
Ian Dunlop
Kit Guyatt
Brian Hannant
Chris McCullough
Arch Nicholson
Malcolm Smith
Doug White
1972 The Adventures of Barry McKenzie Bruce Beresford
Gentle Strangers Cecil Holmes
1974 Barry McKenzie Holds His Own Bruce Beresford
1976 Surrender in Paradise Peter Cox
Don's Party Bruce Beresford
Let the Balloon Go Oliver Howes Camera operator: second unit
1978 The Getting of Wisdom Bruce Beresford
Patrick Richard Franklin
Money Movers Bruce Beresford
1979 The Journalist Michael Thornhill
The Odd Angry Shot Tom Jeffrey
My Brilliant Career Gillian Armstrong AACTA Award for Best Cinematography
1980 Breaker Morant Bruce Beresford
The Earthling Peter Collinson
The Club Bruce Beresford
1981 Puberty Blues
1982 Tempest Paul Mazursky
Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder Peter Werner
1983 Blue Skies Again Richard Michaels
Now and Forever Adriane Carr
1984 Harry & Son Paul Newman
Moscow on the Hudson Paul Mazursky
1985 King David Bruce Beresford
My Man Adam Roger L. Simon
1986 Down and Out in Beverly Hills Paul Mazursky
The Fringe Dwellers Bruce Beresford
1987 Predator John McTiernan
Orphans Alan J. Pakula
1988 Moving Alan Metter
Moon over Parador Paul Mazursky
1989 See You in the Morning Alan J. Pakula
Parenthood Ron Howard
1990 Stanley & Iris Martin Ritt
1991 The Hard Way John Badham
Career Opportunities Bryan Gordon
1992 Medicine Man John McTiernan
Patriot Games Phillip Noyce
1993 The Man Without a Face Mel Gibson
Mrs. Doubtfire Chris Columbus
1994 Clear and Present Danger Phillip Noyce
1995 Nine Months Chris Columbus
1996 Romeo + Juliet Baz Luhrmann Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
1997 The Edge Lee Tamahori
1998 Stepmom Chris Columbus
2001 Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann AACTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2002 The Time Machine Simon Wells
2003 Anger Management Peter Segal
Peter Pan P. J. Hogan
2005 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Andrew Adamson
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Gavin Hood
2010 Main Street John Doyle
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Shakun Batra credited as David McDonald
Mental P. J. Hogan
2013 Ender's Game Gavin Hood
2015 The Dressmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse
2016 Kapoor & Sons Shakun Batra credited as Jeffery F. Bierman
2017 Ali's Wedding Jeffrey Walker
2018 Rajma Chawal Leena Yadav
TBA Mersal Remake Atlee


  1. ^ "Cinematographers honor 'Slumdog': Anthony Dod Mantle wins big at ASC Awards". Winnipeg Free Press. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2010.

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