Anthony Dod Mantle

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Anthony Dod Mantle
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Born (1955-04-14) 14 April 1955 (age 66)
Nationality British
Alma mater National Film School of Denmark
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active1990–present
Website Official website

Anthony Dod Mantle, DFF, BSC, ASC (born 14 April 1955) is a British cinematographer and still photographer. He won the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography for Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Other accolades include two Bodil Awards, two European Film Awards, and four Robert Awards.


Dod Mantle is considered a pioneer of digital filmmaking through his collaborations with directors Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg and Danny Boyle, where he popularized the use of "action-style" handheld cameras over traditional, stationary 35mm rigs. [1] A veteran of Dogme 95, he is heavily influenced by the cinema verite film movement. [2] He is a member of the British, Danish, and American Society of Cinematographers, and resides in Copenhagen. [3]


Dod Mantle directed photography on three Dogme 95 films and the first two episodes of Wallander . He used the Red One digital camera on Wallander, the first British television production to do so. [4] He won the British Academy Television Craft Award for Photography & Lighting (Fiction/Entertainment) for his work on the series [5] and was nominated for a RTS Craft & Design Award for Lighting, Photography & Camera—Photography—Drama. [6] He was also cinematographer on Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in 2009. Dod Mantle is included in the book Conversations with Cinematographers by David A Ellis.

On 19 November 2016, during the Camerimage festival, Anthony Dod Mantle received the Brown Frog award for his cinematography on Snowden. [7] [8]

Dod Mantle lives with his family in Copenhagen, Denmark. [4]

Style and technique

Dod Mantle helped pioneer the use of digital cinematography with his early use of home-quality DV in The Celebration, and eventually won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Slumdog Millionaire , the first time that award went to a film shot digitally. [9]

Dod Mantle has also experimented with extreme slow motion with high speed cameras in films like Antichrist and Dredd . [10]



1990Kaj's fødselsdag Lone Scherfig
1992Die Terroristen! Philip Gröning
1995MenneskedyretCarsten Rudolf
Operation Cobra Lasse Spang Olsen
1996 The Biggest Heroes Thomas Vinterberg
1997Det store flipNiels Gråbøl
NonnebørnCæcilia Holbek Trier
1998 Festen Thomas Vinterberg
1999 Mifune's Last Song Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Julien Donkey-Boy Harmony Korine
Bornholms stemme Lotte Svendsen
2002 28 Days Later Danny Boyle
2003 It's All About Love Thomas Vinterberg
Dogville Lars von Trier
2004 Millions Danny Boyle
2005 Dear Wendy Thomas Vinterberg
Manderlay Lars von Trier
Brothers of the Head Keith Fulton
Louis Pepe
2006 The Last King of Scotland Kevin MacDonald
2007 Just Like Home Lone Scherfig
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle Academy Award for Best Cinematography
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
2009 Antichrist Lars von Trier
2010 127 Hours Danny BoyleWith Enrique Chediak
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
2011 The Eagle Kevin MacDonald
2012 Dredd [11] Pete Travis
2013 Trance Danny Boyle
Rush Ron Howard
2015 In the Heart of the Sea
2016 Our Kind of Traitor Susanna White
Snowden Oliver Stone
2017 T2 Trainspotting Danny Boyle
First They Killed My Father Angelina Jolie
2018 Kursk Thomas Vinterberg
2019 Radioactive Marjane Satrapi
GutterbeeUlrich Thomsen


1999En verdensomsejling under bordetTV Film
2001 Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise
2008 Wallander 2 Episodes
2017 The Putin Interviews Documentary series;
With Rodrigo Prieto
2020The Undoing6 episodes

Documentary films

1994OrdJens Loftager
1995Velo NegroArjanne Laan
1996Fredens portThomas StenderupDocumentary short
1997Tranceformer - A Portrait of Lars von Trier Stig Björkman
Fredrik von Krusenstjerna
2003KrigJens Loftager
2006Mit DanmarkPhie Ambo
Morten Arnfred
2008Trip to Asia - Die Suche nach dem Einklang Thomas Grube
2018TroJens Loftager

Awards and nominations

1999 Julien Donkey-Boy Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2002 28 Days Later European Film Award for Best Cinematographer Won
2003 Dogville
2005 Manderlay European Film Award for Best Cinematographer Nominated
Brothers of the Head Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2006 The Last King of Scotland European Film Award for Best Cinematographer Nominated
2008 Slumdog Millionaire National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Won
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
European Film Award for Best Cinematographer Won
2009 Antichrist
2010 127 Hours [11] Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Cinematography Nominated

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