John Clement Seale[1] A.C.S. A.S.C. (born 5 October 1942) is a retired Australian cinematographer. He won an Oscar for his work in the 1996 film The English Patient, in addition to a BAFTA and Satellite Award. He is a member of both the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

Life and career

Seale was born in Warwick, Queensland, Australia, to Marjorie Lyndon (née Pool) and Eric Clement Seale.[1] He received Oscar nominations for his work on Witness, Rain Man, and Cold Mountain, and won for The English Patient. Seale directed one film, Till There Was You, in 1990. He is a four-time Oscar nominee, five-time BAFTA nominee, and four-time ASC Award nominee.

His greatest commercial successes have been Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which grossed US$ 974 million;[2] Rain Man, which grossed US$ 354 million;[3] Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which grossed US$ 335 million;[4] The Perfect Storm, which grossed US$ 328 million;[5] and The Tourist, which grossed US$ 278 million.[6][7]

He came out of retirement in 2012 to shoot Mad Max: Fury Road, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.[8]


Year Title Dir. Notes
1976 Deathcheaters Brian Trenchard-Smith
1980 Fatty Finn Maurice Murphy
1981 Doctors and Nurses
The Survivor David Hemmings Nominated for
1982 Ginger Meggs Jonathan Dawson
Fighting Back Michael Caulfield
1983 Goodbye Paradise Carl Schultz Won
BMX Bandits Brian Trenchard-Smith
Careful, He Might Hear You Carl Schultz Won
1984 Silver City Sophia Turkiewicz Nominated for
1985 Witness Peter Weir Nominated for


1986 The Hitcher Robert Harmon
Children of a Lesser God Randa Haines
The Mosquito Coast Peter Weir
1987 Stakeout John Badham
1988 Gorillas in the Mist Michael Apted Nominated for
Rain Man Barry Levinson Nominated for
1989 Dead Poets Society Peter Weir Nominated for
1991 The Doctor Randa Haines
1992 Lorenzo's Oil George Miller
1993 The Firm Sydney Pollack
1994 The Paper Ron Howard
1995 Beyond Rangoon John Boorman
The American President Rob Reiner
1996 The English Patient Anthony Minghella Nominated for


Ghosts of Mississippi Rob Reiner
1998 City of Angels Brad Silberling
1999 At First Sight Irwin Winkler
The Talented Mr. Ripley Anthony Minghella Nominated for

Won for

2000 The Perfect Storm Wolfgang Petersen Nominated for
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Chris Columbus
2003 Dreamcatcher Lawrence Kasdan
Cold Mountain Anthony Minghella Nominated for
2004 Spanglish James L. Brooks
2006 Poseidon Wolfgang Petersen
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Mike Newell
The Tourist Florian von Donnersmarck
2011 The Rum Diary Bruce Robinson Uncredited; additional photography[9]

with Dariusz Wolski

2015 Mad Max: Fury Road George Miller Nominated for


Awards and Nominations

Academy Awards

British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA) Awards

Satellite Awards

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards

European Film Awards

Brisbane International Film Festival

  • Won: Chauvel Award (1997)

The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage

  • Won: Lifetime Achievement Award (2011)
  • Nominated: Golden Frog Award; Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards

British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) Awards


  1. ^ a b John Seale Biography (1942–). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-01.
  2. ^ "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rain Man". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Perfect Storm". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Tourist". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Filmography- John Seale". IMDb Pro. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Radish, Christina (1 May 2015). "MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: 18 Things to Know about the Making of George Miller's Epic". Collider.com. Complex. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Picture Perfect: A conversation with cinematographer John Seale". Flickering Myth. 2011-09-14. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 

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