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Paul Leach


Paul Leach was the man behind the camera on many classic Kiwi films; author Duncan Petrie described him as New Zealand's "camera operator of choice". His CV spanned landmark titles Sleeping Dogs, Utu, Smash Palace, and breakthrough comedy Came a Hot Friday. He passed away on 10 April 2010.

He was clear and concise and a logical force at the centre of the production ... in many ways he was the unifying cameraperson, the director of pictures for New Zealand. Cinematographer Graeme Cowley, in Duncan Petrie's 2007 book Shot in New Zealand