Donald McAlpine

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Donald McAlpine
Born 1934 (age 81/82)
Quandialla, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1972–present

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


Early life and career

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 films

McAlpine has filmed some of the most acclaimed films and was also nominated for an Academy Award for his visually stunning film 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]


McAlpine's cinematography credits include:


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