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Giles Nuttgens

Giles Nuttgens
Occupation cinematographer
Years active 1981-present

Giles Nuttgens (born 1960), BSC is a British cinematographer, perhaps best known for the 2016 film Hell or High Water, for which he received a 2017 BAFTA nomination.[1] Fans of independent art house fare may also be familiar with his work on Deepa Mehta's "Elements trilogy", consisting of the films Fire (1996), Earth (1998) and Water (2005), as well as Mehta's adaptation of Salman Rushdie's epic novel Midnight's Children (2012). He received critical acclaim and the 2006 Genie Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography (Canadian Academy Award) for his work on Water.[2][3]

He has also collaborated on more than one occasion with Scott McGehee and David Siegel on The Deep End and Bee Season, and David Mackenzie on Young Adam, Asylum, Hallam Foe and most recently, Hell or High Water.[4] He won the 2001 Sundance Film Festival's Cinematography Award for The Deep End.


Nuttgens began his career with the BBC TV for the Natural History documentary unit in 1984, and rose up through the camera assistant ranks, and by the age of 25 he was one of the youngest film cameramen ever in the BBC.[5] After many years living in Paris, he relocated to Barcelona in late 2003. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Although best known for independent films, he also has worked on major commercial productions such as the Star Wars prequels, Battlefield Earth and Swimfan.


Year Title Notes
1992 Electric Moon
1996 Fire
1997 Keep the Aspidistra Flying
1998 Earth
2000 Battlefield Earth
2001 The Deep End Won Sundance Film Festival Best Cinematography Award
2002 Swimfan
2003 Young Adam
2004 If Only
2005 Bee Season
2005 Water Won Genie Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography
2007 The Good Night
2007 Hallam Foe
2008 Heaven on Earth
2009 The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
2010 Saint John of Las Vegas
2011 Perfect Sense
2012 Midnight's Children
2014 Young Ones
2014 God Help the Girl
2015 Grain
2016 The Fundamentals of Caring
2016 Hell or High Water Nominated for BAFTA Film Award for Cinematography


  1. ^ "EE British Academy Film Awards Winners in 2017". BAFTA website. February 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ Awards IMDB
  3. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (April 28, 2006). "Movie Review: Water (2005): NYT Critics' Pick". New York Times. 
  4. ^ "The Art of Collaboration: In Conversation with David Mackenzie and Giles Nuttgens". Edinburgh International Film Festival. 24 August 2005. 
  5. ^ "Giles Nuttgens". 

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