Nicola Daley ACS BSC

Originally from Derbyshire, England, Nicola Daley had a nomadic childhood, living on four continents by the age of eight.

She eventually relocated to Sydney where in 2003 she was accepted into the Masters Cinematography course at the prestigious Australian Film, Tv and Radio School. Nicola’s time at AFTRS provided a solid foundation on which to build her career and after graduating she commenced it with great enthusiasm.

A decade of documentary filmmaking in some of the world’s most challenging locations, including North Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan eventually lead to Nicola shooting high end TV drama and feature films.

A move back to her home country saw Nicola shoot her first UK feature film, Pin Cushion, which opened critics week at the 2017 Venice Film Festival and earned three UK BIFA nominations.

In 2018, Nicola shot Season 2 of Netflix comedy The Letdown, which went on to win the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards for best comedy program and best performance.

In collaboration with director Terence Davies, Nicola was DP on the feature film, Benediction, about the life of the World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon, which premiered at TIFF 2021.

Nicola’s TV work also includes the Paramount series Paradise Lost, Hulu period drama series Harlots, and Gentleman Jack for HBO/BBC. Nicola was also the lead DP on The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 working closely with director Elisabeth Moss.

Nicola’s relationship with the Australian Cinematographers Society spans many years and many awards and in 2014 she became only the eighth woman to be accredited by the ACS.

Following this honour, Nicola’s work was recognised, in 2023, when she was invited to join the British Society of Cinematographers.

Nicola Daley ACS BSC (r) accepts her Hall of Fame induction from ACS National President Erika Addis in Brisbane 2024

For dedication to her craft and her exceptional body of work the Australian Cinematographers Society is proud to welcome Nicola Daley ACS BSC into the ACS Hall of Fame.