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“All cinema is a deception – a beautiful deception.” – Don McAlpine ACS ASC 




Cathy Henkel


Charlie de Salis


Cathy Henkel (Virgo Productions) and Trish Lake (Freshwater Pictures) 


WOW Film Festival: Best Female Cinematographer (Cathy Henkel); ACS Silver Award: Best Cinematography in Documentary (Cathy Henkel); Australian Screen Editors Award: Best Editor (Scott Walton). 


Best Director, Australian Directors Guild 




Produced in association with Screen Queensland and Screen Australia, Studio (Australia’s art & entertainment channel), Deluxe and Panavision.

Copyright Screen Queensland Pty Ltd, Virgo Productions and Freshwater Pictures 


Show me the Magic takes us on an enthralling journey into the life and work of legendary Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine. The filmmaker secured rare access to the usually closed behind-the-scenes world that Don inhabits during his 50th film, X-Men Origins: Wolverinewith Gavin Hood and Hugh Jackman, and on the set of Mental,directed by P.J. Hogan, (Peter Pan). This is Don’s 53rd film and his first digital feature. His career includes such seminal films as Patriot Games, Predator, Peter Pan, Mrs Doubtfire, Romeo+Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and The Chronicles of Nania: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Show me the Magic tells the story of Don’s journey from a one-horse town in outback New South Wales to the heights of Hollywood, weaving historical archive with Don’s own personal collection and behind the scenes footage. Directors Bruce Beresford and Gillian Armstrong recall highlights from Don’s remarkable Australian career including the iconic Breaker Morant and My Brilliant Career. We meet Paul Mazursky who gave him his big break in Hollywood with Tempestand Down and Out in Beverley Hills. Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin take us behind the scenes of their two iconic films with Don, Romeo + Julietand Moulin Rouge!

Show me the Magic will engage and delight anyone who has ever been touched by the magic of movies.