"I'm basically a home boy, so I've been fortunate to have been able to make a career as a freelance cinematographer working almost exclusively on New Zealand based projects."

Born in 1948, Alun’s extensive career began at the age of 17 as a cinecamera trainee with the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation where he shot news, current affairs and documentaries for television. After leaving the Corporation, aged 20, he became a freelancer, although he didn't use the term at the time, and was involved with feature work from the beginning of the new wave of New Zealand cinema.

Alun's work features in numerous high profile New Zealand projects such as the quintessential Goodbye Pork Pie (Geoff Murphy), Mr Wrong, Bread and Roses, War Stories, Perfect Strangers and Lovely Rita (Gaylene Preston - 2001 Laureate), Heavenly Creatures, Forgotten Silver, The Frighteners and Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson), The Piano (Jane Campion), What Becomes of The Broken Hearted, End Of The Golden Weather and Came A Hot Friday (Ian Mune), and Vigil and River Queen (Vincent Ward).

Gerard Smyth's documentary Barefoot Cinema: The Art and Life of Cinematographer Alun Bollinger, screened nationally at 2008 Film Festivals and on Television One in the same year.

Alun was a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) - for services to cinematography in 2005 and received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2006 .

He is a member of the New Zealand Film and Television School Trust and offers occasional master-classes and lectures at film schools. Much sort-after for his skills as a director of photography, Alun prefers to spend at least half the year away from the film business, working on other projects back at his home in Blacks Point, near Reefton on the West Coast of the South Island, where he and his wife Helen live among their extended family.

Words

2006
NZ Listener article - at the time of the release of the film 'Oyster Farmer', which Alun Bollinger shot in Australia around the Hawkesbury River

Video

2010
Alun Bollinger masterfully captures the gritty shadows of a crime in-progress, the harsh neon of a hospital room and the soft intimate lamplight of a lover’s bed.
2008
Barefoot Cinema is a documentary about cinematographer Alun Bollinger. Filmmaker Gerard Smyth turns his camera on Alun Bollinger, whose own camera has been informing the way we New Zealanders see ourselves for almost 40 years.
1948   
Born, Wellington, New Zealand
1966
    Cine-camera trainee with NZ Broadcasting Corporation 
1968
   Began freelance work
1976
Director of Photography for the BLERTA series, including Wildman
1977
  gaffer Sleeping Dogs and as Director of Photography
1979  
  Middle Age Spread;Sons for the Return Home
1980 
   Beyond Reasonable Doubt
1981
    Goodbye Pork Pie;Patu (as one of many)
1982
Vigil - NZ Film & TV Awards - Best Cinematography (1986)
1984 
   Came a Hot Friday;Mr Wrong
1985
   For Love Alone (Australia)
1987
A Soldier's Tale (France)
1991
End Of The Golden Weather - cinematography award, NZ awards
1992
The Piano,  as camera operator
1993
   Heavenly Creatures - NZ Film & TV Awards - Best Cinematography Award
1994
War StoriesI
1995
Cinema of Unease
1996  
  Forgotten Silver - Cinematography Award , NZ Awards;The Frighteners
1998 
   Woundings (UK) - NY International Independent Film & Video Festival, Best Cinematography Award
2001  
  Perfect Strangers
2002  
Oyster Farmer (Australia) - Nominated various awards Best Cinematography
2004
River Queen - NZ Film & TV Awards - Best Achievement in Cinematography;
2005
Made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit - for services to cinematography
2006  
Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award
2007  
Lovely Rita
2008 
Home by Christmas;  Documentary Barefoot Cinema: The Art and Life of Cinematographer Alun Bollinger, screened nationally at NZFilm Festivals and on TV1
2009
Matariki
2010
Love Birds
2012
White Lies