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Lesley Vanderwalt


Kiwi hair and makeup artist Lesley Vanderwalt won an Oscar and a Bafta for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road. She also collaborated with director George Miller on Babe 2, Nicole Kidman mini-series Bangkok Hilton and the second Mad Max movie. The onetime Wellington hairdresser had makeup duties on early Kiwi classics The Governor, Skin Deep and Bad Blood, before a slew of Australian credits (Shine, Moulin Rouge!). 

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Lesley Vanderwalt on dealing with the challenges of epic shoots like Mad Max: Fury Road, Stuff, 23 February 2016