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Peter James (cinematographer)

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Peter James
Born (1947-03-07) 7 March 1947 (age 74)
OccupationCinematographer, director of photography
Years active1973–present

Peter James (born 7 March 1947 in Sydney) is an Australian cinematographer and director of photography.[1] James is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC),[2] an organization that offers membership to directors of photography only "by invitation, based on an individual’s body of work".[3]

James has been either cinematographer or director of photography on more than thirty films since 1973 when he worked on the Australian film Avengers of the Reef. James has won Australian Cinematographers Society's (ACS) Milli Award four times,[4] Australian Film Institute's Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography three times[5] and was nominated for the award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie at the 56th Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the 2003 television film And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself.[6]

In 1999, James was inducted into the Australian Cinematographers Society Hall of Fame for having "made a substantial contribution to the industry and the Society, as well as having left a legacy of fine work and having been responsible for training and influencing others."[7]

Partial filmography

Year Film Credit
1973 Avengers of the Reef Cinematographer
1974 Who Killed Jenny Langby? Cinematographer
The Cars That Ate Paris Camera operator
1975 Sister, If You Only Knew Cinematographer

Camera operator

Sidecar Racers Camera operator
The Removalists Camera operator
Inn of the Damned Camera operator
1976 Caddie Cinematographer
1977 White Rock Photographer
1978 The Irishman Cinematographer
1981 The Monster's Christmas Director of photography
The Killing of Angel Street Cinematographer
1984 The Wild Duck Cinematographer
A Private Function Clapper loader
1985 Rebel Cinematographer
1987 The Right Hand Man Cinematographer
Echoes of Paradise Cinematographer
1989 Driving Miss Daisy Director of photography
1990 Mister Johnson Cinematographer
1991 Black Robe Director of photography
1992 Rich in Love Director of photography
1993 Alive Cinematographer
The Thing Called Love Cinematographer
My Life Cinematographer
1994 Silent Fall Director of photography
Richie Rich Additional photographer
1996 Diabolique Cinematographer
Last Dance Cinematographer
1997 Paradise Road Director of photography
1998 The Newton Boys Director of photography
1999 Double Jeopardy Director of photography
2000 Meet the Parents Director of photography
2001 Bride of the Wind Cinematographer
The Man Who Sued God Cinematographer
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Cinematographer
2005 The Pacifier Cinematographer
The Big White Director of photography
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Cinematographer
2006 Orpheus Cinematographer
2008 27 Dresses Director of photography
2009 Mao's Last Dancer Director of photography
2010 Yogi Bear Cinematographer
2018 Ladies in Black Director of photography[8]


  1. ^ "Picture Perfect: A conversation with cinematographer Peter James" Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Flickering Myth. Retrieved 2015-4-13.
  2. ^ American Society of Cinematographers Roster Archived 12 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine, American Society of Cinematographers. Accessed 12 February 2010.
  3. ^ The Legacy Lives On Archived 23 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine, American Society of Cinematographers. Accessed 12 February 2010.
  4. ^ The Milli Award Archived 21 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Australian Cinematographers Society; accessed 12 February 2010.
  5. ^ AFI Award Winners, Feature Categories 1958–2008
  6. ^ And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, The New York Times; accessed 12 February 2010.
  7. ^ Hall of Fame Archived 18 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Australian Cinematographers Society; accessed 12 February 2010.
  8. ^ "The Screen Guide Ladies in Black 2018". Screen Australia. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
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