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Denson Baker


Auckland-born Denson Baker moved to Australia while still a child. Since then his award-studded career has balanced work downunder with shoots around the globe. Triple nominated for Aussie autism drama The Black Balloon, he scored awards with his fourth feature, The Waiting City. Shot in India, the romance was directed by Baker's future wife Claire McCarthy. Baker and McCarthy also collaborated for 2018 film Ophelia —which reimagined Hamlet — and 2020 miniseries The Luminaries, adapted from the Eleanor Catton novel. Baker's Kiwi work also includes Cliff Curtis drama The Dark Horse and award-winning short film Lambs.

It was an ambitious project with a very challenging schedule. We made it to the end gracefully and hopefully with some beautiful and special cinematography to show for it. Thanks to the team! Denson Baker, on shooting 2020 miniseries The Luminaries, NZ Cinematographers Society website