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Graeme Cowley


Cinematographer Graeme Cowley created the moody imagery for classic movies Utu and Smash Palace. Elsewhere he played another vital role in the Kiwi film renaissance, by establishing camera equipment hire company Film Facilities, alongside the late Nigel Hutchinson. Cowley went on to produce black comedy Carry Me Back, and work on the restoration of Utu.  

With writing you just need a pen, but with cinema the pen is a lot more sophisticated ... you simply can’t create a story unless you have the right tools. Graeme Cowley, quoted in Duncan Petrie's 2007 book Shot in New Zealand