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Denson Baker, ACS, NZCS

Graduate Diploma of Arts (Film & Television) Cinematography, 2000

Originally from New Zealand and part Maori, Denson Baker was accredited by the Australian Cinematographers Society in 2005 and the New Zealand Cinematographers Society in 2015.

His credits include feature films The Black Balloon, The Dark Horse and The Colour Room. That film as well as Ophelia and The Waiting City were directed by his former classmate and regular collaborator Claire McCarthy.

Denson’s television work includes international series such as The Luminaries, Domina and the second season of Victoria.

His projects have won awards and screened in most major international film festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Tribecca, Clermont-Ferrand, Berlin, LA, and more. Currently based in London, he continues to shoot projects all over the world.



I have many wonderful memories and forged some strong friendships at AFTRS.

There are many highlights — from shooting 35mm motion picture film on several productions, to being awarded cinematographer of the year.

I met my wife Claire McCarthy at AFTRS and was greatly supported by the wonderful staff there, especially Jan Kenny, Tony Bosch, Bob Gamlen and all the ladies in the library. Too many highlights to list.



Being honoured with accreditation by both the Australian and New Zealand Cinematographers Societies.

Joining the International Cinematographers Guild and becoming a member of the Union, which has led to working around the globe with some absolutely incredible filmmakers and some of the industry’s most iconic actors.