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Donald McAlpine
Born (1934-04-13) 13 April 1934 (age 90)
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1972–present

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


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.

In Australia, from 1972 to 1981, McAlpine collaborated with 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 director Gillian Armstrong on My Brilliant Career.

After My Brilliant Career, Breaker Morant and The Getting of Wisdom, were released, Paul Mazursky offered him work on the film Tempest.

McAlpine was 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. In 2016 McAlpine received an honorary doctorate in Arts from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.



Year Title Director Note
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
1978 The Getting of Wisdom
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 AACTA Award for Best Cinematography
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
2022 A Stitch in Time Sasha Hadden


Year Title Director Note
1973 Our Asian Neighbours: Indonesia Documentary series
1980 The Children of An Lac John Llewellyn Moxey TV movie
2009 Mega Piranha Eric Forsberg
2019 Lambs of God Jeffrey Walker Episode "The Devil into Paradise"
2022 Savage River Jocelyn Moorhouse Mini-series
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