Cinema mas­ter shares se­crets

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - Tanya MacNaughton

AUS­TRALIAN cine­matog­ra­pher Don McAlpine’s visit to WA Screen Academy last week was as much about inspiring hope in stu­dents as it was to im­part ad­vice.

“I think the main thing is to let them know that some­one who has had some suc­cess is po­ten­tially no dif­fer­ent to them and suc­cess can be theirs,” McAlpine said.

“They have to have a lot of knowl­edge, a cer­tain nat­u­ral ap­ti­tude, they have to be lucky and then the rest is easy.”

McAlpine’s mod­esty is en­dear­ing con­sid­er­ing his body of work that be­gan in the early 1970s with Don’s Party and My Bril­liant Ca­reer be­fore Hol­ly­wood called with films such as Preda­tor, Romeo and Juliet and X-Men Ori­gins: Wolver­ine.

Given per­mis­sion to name­drop, McAlpine said he loved watch­ing the late Robin Wil­liams work on four of his movies, in­clud­ing Mrs Doubt­fire , and was amazed by Robert De Niro.

“But my favourite would have to be An­thony Hop­kins (in The Edge),” he said.

“He’s prob­a­bly the most won­der­ful ac­tor I’ve worked with in the sense that he was ab­so­lutely bril­liant, but it wasn’t hard work be­cause it was to­tally nat­u­ral.

“He made no fuss about it, just got out there and did it and he was won­der­fully ap­proach­able to ev­ery­one on the crew.”

His visit to Edith Cowan Uni­ver­sity’s Mt Law­ley cam­pus was thanks to a long­stand­ing friend­ship with WA Screen Academy direc­tor Cathy Henkel, who di­rected Show Me the Magic , a doc­u­men­tary about McAlpine.

The doc­u­men­tary was screened be­fore a public talk about McAlpine’s life and ca­reer, wrap­ping up two days of stu­dent and lo­cal cine­matog­ra­pher work­shops.

Aus­tralian cine­matog­ra­pher Don McAlpine vis­ited Perth stu­dents last week.

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