Selected other credits
- Cyclone Tracy (cinematographer)
- Great Performances (cinematographer)
- House of Fun (cinematographer)
- More Winners: Mr. Edmund (TV movie - cinematographer)
- The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy (TV movie - cinematographer)
- WonderWorld: The Original Series (cinematographer and director)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013 - cinematographer)
- Shine a Light (2008 - camera operator) (documentary)
- I Am Legend (2007 - director of photography)
- Dark City (1998 - guest director of photography and additional photography)
- The Sugar Factory (1998 - cinematographer)
- Spider and Rose (1994 - cinematographer)
- Boys in the Island (1990 - cinematographer)
- Incident at Raven's Gate (1989 - camera operator)
- Australian Dream (1987 - cinematographer)
- Unfinished Business (1985 - actor and cinematographer)
- The Killing of Angel Street (1981 - clapper loader)
- The Same Stream (1981 - cinematographer)
Lesnie attended the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), graduating in 1979. His first job after graduation was as a cameraman on the Logie Award-winning Australian magazine-style afternoon TV show Simon Townsend's Wonder World. Simon Townsend gave Lesnie almost daily opportunities to develop his craft with little restriction over a wide variety of stories and situations, and to experiment with camera and lighting techniques in hundreds of locations and situations. After two years of working on the show, Lesnie moved on to numerous Australian film and television productions, including the mini-series Bodyline.
His work began receiving major attention after the release of the anthropomorphic pig story Babe (1995) and its sequel, Babe: Pig in the City. He was director of photography on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and received an Oscar for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2002. He subsequently filmed several other Jackson-directed films, including King Kong and The Lovely Bones.
Lesnie lived on the North Coast of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and was a member of both the Australian Cinematographers Society and the American Society of Cinematographers. He passed away from a heart attack on April 27, 2015.
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