Ari Wegner
Born (1984-05-03) 3 May 1984 (age 40)
Melbourne, Australia
OccupationCinematographer
Years active2003–present

Ari Wegner, ACS, ASC, (born 3 May 1984) is an Australian cinematographer. Her work includes films such as Lady Macbeth (2016), True History of the Kelly Gang (2019), and Zola (2020). In 2021, she served as cinematographer on The Power of the Dog for which she received widespread critical acclaim including an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography, becoming only the second woman to do so in the award's 94-year history.[1][2]

Career

Wegner studied film at the Victorian College of the Arts, later working as a cinematographer in several short films and commercials.[3] In 2016, she worked in the thriller drama series The Kettering Incident, receiving a nomination for Best Cinematography in Television at the 6th AACTA Awards.[4] The same year, she was the director of photography in William Oldroyd's debut film Lady Macbeth, based on the novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.[5] For the film, she won the British Independent Film Award for Best Cinematography.[6]

In 2017, she worked on the drama serial Guerrilla and the second season of the anthology series The Girlfriend Experience. In 2018, she worked on the horror comedy In Fabric, receiving a second nomination for the British Independent Film Awards.[7] In 2020, she worked on the black comedy Zola, for which she was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 37th Independent Spirit Awards.[8]

In 2021, she worked in Jane Campion's western drama The Power of the Dog, the film received critical acclaim and Wegner has received several awards and nominations for her work as a cinematographer.[9]

She was the recipient of the Variety Artisan Award at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival's TIFF Tribute Awards ceremony.[10]

Filmography

Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released

Film

Year Title Director Notes
2016 Lady Macbeth William Oldroyd
2017 In Fabric Peter Strickland
2018 Stray Dustin Feneley
2019 True History of the Kelly Gang Justin Kurzel
2020 Zola Janicza Bravo
2021 The Power of the Dog Jane Campion
2022 The Wonder Sebastián Lelio
2023 Eileen William Oldroyd
2024 Drive-Away Dolls Ethan Coen
TBA Honey Don't! Filming

Television

Year Title Director Notes
2016 The Kettering Incident Rowan Woods
Tony Krawitz
8 episodes
2017 Guerrilla John Ridley "Episode 6"
The Girlfriend Experience Amy Seimetz
Lodge Kerrigan
9 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2016 AACTA Awards Best Cinematography in Television The Kettering Incident Nominated [4]
2017 British Independent Film Awards Best Cinematography Lady Macbeth Won [6]
2018 Golden Eye Grand Prize Stray Won [11]
Best Cinematography Won
2019 British Independent Film Awards Best Cinematography In Fabric Nominated [12]
2021 Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Zola Nominated [8]
Academy Awards Best Cinematography The Power of the Dog Nominated [1]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Best Cinematography Won [13]
American Society of Cinematographers Awards Best Cinematography Nominated [14]
Austin Film Critics Association Awards Best Cinematography Nominated [15]
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Cinematography Won [16]
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Cinematography Won [17]
Critics' Choice Awards Best Cinematography Won [18]
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Cinematography 2nd Place [19]
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Cinematography Won [20]
Hollywood Critics Association Awards Best Cinematography Nominated [21]
Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Cinematography Nominated [22]
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Cinematography Won [23]
New York Film Critics Online Best Cinematography Won [24]
Satellite Awards Best Cinematography Nominated [25]
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards Best Cinematography Won [26]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Cinematography Nominated [27]

References

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