Ari Wegner Welcomed as New Member of the ASC
Hailing from Australia, Ari Wegner studied film at the Victorian College of the Arts, later working as cinematographer on short films and commercials.
She then shot the 2016 thriller drama series The Kettering Incident, receiving an AACTA Awards nomination for Best Cinematography in Television. The same year, she shot William Oldroyd's debut film Lady Macbeth, based on the novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. She earned the British Independent Film Award for Best Cinematography.
In 2017, Wegner worked in the drama serial Guerrilla and the second season of the anthology series The Girlfriend Experience. In 2018, she worked in the horror comedy In Fabric, receiving a second nomination for the British Independent Film Awards. In 2020, she worked in the black comedy Zola, and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 37th Independent Spirit Awards.
In 2021, Wegner gained wide notice with her work in director Jane Campion's period western The Power of the Dog. The film received critical acclaim and Wegner earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography, becoming only the second woman to do so in the award’s 94-year history, as well as an ASC Award nomination.
She discussed her work on the film in this episode of ASC Clubhouse Conversations with interviewer Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS:
Wegner was the recipient of the Variety Artisan Award at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival’s TIFF Tribute Awards ceremony.
She is also a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society, and you’ll find her agency site here.