Giles Nuttgens

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]

Giles Nuttgens
Years active1981-present

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.


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Director Notes
1992 Electric Moon Pradip Krishen
1996 Fire Deepa Mehta
1997 Keep the Aspidistra Flying Robert Bierman
1998 Earth Deepa Mehta
2000 Battlefield Earth Roger Christian
2001 The Deep End Scott McGehee
Davis Siegel
2002 Swimfan John Polson
2003 Young Adam David Mackenzie
2004 If Only Gil Junger
2005 Bee Season Scott McGehee
David Siegel
Water Deepa Mehta Won - Genie Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography
2007 The Good Night Jake Paltrow
Hallam Foe David Mackenzie
2008 Heaven on Earth Deepa Mehta
2009 The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Jodie Markell
2010 Saint John of Las Vegas Hue Rhodes
2011 Perfect Sense David Mackenzie
2012 Midnight's Children Deepa Mehta
2014 Young Ones Jake Paltrow
God Help the Girl Stuart Murdoch
2016 The Fundamentals of Caring Rob Burnett
Hell or High Water David Mackenzie Nominated - BAFTA Film Award for Cinematography
2017 Grain Semih Kaplanoğlu
2018 The Wedding Guest Michael Winterbottom
Colette Wash Westmoreland
2019 Greed Michael Winterbottom
TBA Think Like a Dog   Gil Junger Post-production
TBA Enola Holmes   Harry Bradbeer Post-production


  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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