Thomas Burstyn

Thomas Burstyn (born 1954 in Montreal, Quebec), sometimes credited as Tom Burstyn, is a Canadian cinematographer and documentary filmmaker.[1] He is most noted for his work on the 1995 film Magic in the Water, for which he won the Genie Award for Best Cinematography at the 16th Genie Awards.[2] He was nominated in the same category on two other occasions, at the 10th Genie Awards in 1989 for The Tadpole and the Whale (La Grenouille et la baleine),[3] and at the 14th Genie Awards in 1993 for The Lotus Eaters.[4]

As a filmmaker he directed the documentary film Some Kind of Love,[5] for which he received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Cinematography in a Documentary at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016.[6]

He moved to New Zealand in the 2000s after marrying New Zealand filmmaker Barbara Sumner, with whom he cofounded the production company Cloud South Films.[7]


  1. ^ Julia Brown, "Filmmaking - the great adventure; Tom Burstyn, cinematographer, on trailer homes and HD technology". OnFilm, June 2005.
  2. ^ John Griffin, "Saltspring Islander's drama takes six Genies". Vancouver Sun, January 15, 1996.
  3. ^ "List of nominees for the Genie Awards". Montreal Gazette, February 14, 1989.
  4. ^ "The Lotus Eaters strong contender at Genies". The Globe and Mail, December 11, 1993.
  5. ^ "Some Kind of Love: Thomas Burstyn". Exclaim!, June 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "2016 Canadian Screen Awards Nominees Announced". ET Canada, January 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Sarah Catherall, "Living in a library: the Napier home with 5500 books". Stuff, February 16, 2018.

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