The cinematography of Ari Wegner

Want to know more modern female cinematographers by name? Ari Wegner is a good place to start.

By Meg Shields Published on June 3, 2022

Welcome to The Queue – your daily diversion of curated video content sourced from the web. Today we take a look at a video essay that unpacks Ari Wegner’s cinematic style.

One of the hottest cinematographers working today, Australian born Ari Wegner‘s name might sound familiar to you if you tuned in to this year’s Academy Awards race. Her stunning (award-winning!) work on Jane Campion’s western drama The power of the dog was nominated for an Oscar for cinematography. And in the timeline in my head she won (apologies to the real winner, Greig Fraser).

That said, even if you… not If you know her name, chances are if you found your way to this article, you are at least familiar with Wegner’s work. Her nimble hand and eclectic style are reflected in the claustrophobic frames of the 2016 film Lady Macbeth† the lively, giallo Peter Strickland’s tributary vision In dust† the austere landscapes of Van Diemen’s Land in True History of the Kelly Gangand more recently, the grainy funhouse mirror of Zola

Like many incredible cinematographers before her, the common thread that unites Wegner’s work is an ability to adapt a film’s visual appearance to the story it tries to tell. As the video essay below attests, her diverse toolkit and her keen ability to alter and accommodate the visual needs of a story make her a cameraman worth knowing about. And while she certainly doesn’t need Academy approval (especially with two exciting projects on the horizon – a re-team with director William Oldroyd and A fantastic woman‘s Sebastián Lelio), we would certainly like to see Wegner become a household name in the homes of cinephiles.

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Who made this?

This video essay on Ari Wegner’s cinematography is from In depth moviea YouTube account that aims to give its audience hands-on overviews and explanations about some of the more technical aspects of filmmaking. Gray Kotze, a documentary DP based in South Africa, is the man behind the channel. You can view Kotzé’s portfolio on their website here. And you can watch In Depth Cine on YouTube here.

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Meg Shields is the humble farm boy of your dreams and a senior staff member at Film School Rejects. She currently runs three columns at FSR: The Queue, How’d They Do That? and Horrorscope. She is also a curator for One Perfect Shot and freelance writer for hire. Meg has been raving about John Boorman’s ‘Excalibur’ on Twitter can be found here: @TheWorstNun† (she her).