Anthony Dod Mantle was the cinematographer of choice for Europe's independent film scene for much of the late 1990s and early 21st century. Among his credits were such critical and academic hits as the Dogme titles "The Celebratino" (1998) and "Julien Donkey-Boy" (1999). His work caught the attention of director Danny Boyle, who brought his perspective to more mainstream work like "28 Days Later" (2003). Other UK directors soon utilized him for features including "The Last King of Scotland" (2006). His work with Boyle reached a critical and box office height in 2008 with "Slumdog Millionaire," which ushered Mantle into the forefront of world cinematography.
Born in Oxfordshire, England in 1955, Mantle relocated to Denmark and took up permanent residence there in 1983. While there, he enrolled in the Danish National Film School, and made his debut as a cinematographer in 1990. He became involved in the Dogme movement with 1998's "The Celebration," and served as DP on many of its leading titles, including "Mifune" (1999) and Harmony Korine's "Julien Donkey-Boy" (1999).
In 2001, he made his first collaboration with Danny Boyle on the offbeat TV feature "Strumpet" (BBC), which led to work on major theatrical releases like "28 Days Later" (2003) and the charming comedy "Millions" (2004). Mantle continued to keep a hand in the arthouse scene, most notably in Lars von Trier's controversial "Dogville" (2003) and its follow-up, "Manderlay" (2005). He returned to UK work for such acclaimed films as the offbeat "Brothers of the Head" (2005), about a rock band with Siamese twin frontmen, and the Oscar-winning "Last King of Scotland" (2006), about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. The latter earned him several festival awards and nominations, including Best Technical Achievement from the British Independent Film Awards.
After working largely in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia for much of 2007 and 2008, he reunited with Boyle for the crowd-pleasing drama "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008). The rags-to-riches story, set against the backdrop of modern India, won over critics and audiences alike, and earned Mantle a brace of nominations for his lustrous photography. The list of accolades, which included nods from the BAFTAs and American Society of Cinematographers, was capped by his first Oscar win for Best Achievement in Cinematography.