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ACS Short Ends - National Newsletter
February 2024

From the National President

Greetings and salutations to members, friends and sponsors,

I hope you had some time out to totally relax and recharge your batteries.
In terrific news, I am delighted to welcome the new ACS Operational Executive Bronwyn Cooksley into our fold. Bronwyn is working two days a week on all manner of tasks for ACS. From designing and implementing the online storage and management of the thousands of ACS files and assets to creating our Operations manual to writing funding applications and response papers to government enquiries on matters affecting our members.
The new constitution is almost complete and once it is, the last step is a vote by eligible (and financial) ACS members to accept the constitution. After that, then it is lodged with ASIC. There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting held soon to approve it. Keep an eye out for the email with the details of the constitution and the EGM date and time.
AC Magazine Shout out! ACS members! The AC Magazine needs proofreaders, it’s something you can do in between everything else you are working on, wherever you are, and it’s critical and important work. The Magazine is about to deliver the milestone Issue #100, which is cause for much celebration. That’s a testament to its value and the dedication of all those who have worked tirelessly on it for so many years.
And a special mention to all our amazing sponsors: we thank you for your fantastic support and your belief in the value of the ACS. We can only do all the things we do - and we do a lot - with your long standing contribution to the Society. Thank you.
Best wishes everyone for a great 2024,

Erika Addis
ACS National President
Welcome to the ACS first paid Staff Member
The first paid staff member of the Australian Cinematographers Society has been engaged with Bronwyn Cooksley commencing in recent weeks as Operations Executive in a part-time role.

Bronwyn has been working in the event space for over 15 years, including with the Australian Directors Guild as their membership and events officer, and prior to that she worked in television production on Home and Away and Better Homes and Gardens as production manager.

She has a passion for live music and produces a gig guide ‘Amplify Sydney’ for ‘What's on’ in Sydney live music. With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Macquarie University; she also sits on the board of DirtyFeet Ltd, an organization which provides opportunities for dancers with and without disability.

She looks forward to bringing her passion for the arts, and years of experience in organising people and processes to the Australian Cinematographers Society. Bronwyn and her skills will be a valued part of the ACS as we continue long into the future.

Bronwyn's email is if you need to get in touch.
Congratulations to all the AACTA Winners!

Congratulations to all the winners, and nominees, at the Australian Academy Cinema and Television Arts Awards on the Gold Coast this week. The ACS is a proud industry partner of our Academy here in Australia.

The winners in the Cinematography categories announced on Thursday evening are below in bold along with their other category nominations.

AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in Television
  • Aaron Farrugia (Vic) for Aunty Donna's Coffee Cafe - Episode 1
  • Katie Milwright ACS (Vic) for Deadloch – Episode 1
  • Tania Lambert ACS (NSW) for Erotic Stories – Episode 2
  • Sam Chiplin for The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Episode 1
  • Earle Dresner ACS (Vic) for The Newsreader – Episode 4

AACTA Award For Best Cinematography in Film
  • Carl Allison (Vic) for Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism
  • Sherwin Akbarzadeh ACS (Vic) for Shayda
  • Katie Milwright ACS (Vic) for Sweet As
  • Aaron McLisky ACS (NSW) for Talk to Me
  • Warwick Thornton ACS (NT) for The New Boy

AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary
  • Nick Robinson (NSW), Jack Riley (NSW), Ashley Gibb (NSW), Caspar Mazzotti (NSW) for Australia’s Wild Odyssey – Episode 1
  • Caspar Mazzotti (NSW), Cam Batten (NSW), Nick Robinson, Miles Rowland ACS (SA) for Shackleton: The Greatest Story of Survival
  • Simon Morris (NSW) for The Dark Emu Story
  • Sherwin Akbarzadeh ACS (Vic) for The Giants
  • Alex Serafini (Vic) for This is Going to Be Big
AC Magazine Proofreader Call Out
As we launch into the new year, AC Magazine is looking for additional proofreaders to join the team as we head towards celebrating the 100th issue of our flagship magazine.

If you have an eye for detail, this is a great way to give back to the Society and become a valued addition to the AC Mag. This vital work can be done remotely and at a time to suit your own busy schedule.

If you are interested in helping out please contact Magazine Chair and NSW President Carolyn Constatine
Pawel Achtel ACS the new Chair of the Technical Committee
Welcome to Pawell Achtel ACS who has recently come on as the Chair of the Technical Committee.

Pawel is a multiple ACS winner and specializes in underwater cinematography. He is known for perfecting image sharpness through the glass that lenses uses and is a world leader of this field. Pawel has also won the ACS Bob Miller Award for Technical Innovation. Recently, he was featured in AC Magazine #98 for the 9x7 Camera. His technical skills with cinematography would be difficult to exceed in Australia, if not the world.

If you would be interested in joining the ACS Technical Committee, please reach out. You will be guaranteed to learn something about how cameras work from Pawel! You can contact Pawel by email at
Applications open for the John Leake OAM ACS Scholarship
The John Leake OAM ACS Emerging Cinematographer Scholarship is a prestigious honour with the Australian Cinematographers Society. It is a grant to a young cinematographer to further their education, training or professional work and will be awarded at this years National Awards in Brisbane.

It is named after a co-founder of the ACS, John Leake
OAM ACS, who began his career as a 15-year-old at Movietone News. He received his accreditation in 1963, became a Life Member in 1988 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997. John passed away in 2009 and his legacy as NSW President, Federal President and Official Historian continues with this scholarship.

The 2023 winner of this award was Joanna Cameron from the NSW branch.

To apply for the Scholarship, please contact National President Erika Addis for an application form at Applications open 1st March and close March 14.
Bob Miller Technical and Innovation Award Applications Opening Soon
Nominations for the Bob Miller – ACS Technical and Innovation Achievement Award open on March 15th with the award to be presented at the 2024 National Awards in Brisbane.

Named after the inventor of the world’s first fluid action tripod head, Bob Miller, this prestigious award includes a $1,000 cash prize and a $2,000 Miller voucher for purchasing any Miller Camera Support product at a 40% discount. Additionally, the recipient will be honoured through an LP54 in a wooden case and Bob Miller Award plaque displayed at the ACS headquarters.

Take advantage of the opportunity to recognise those who have made significant technical or innovative contributions to the industry in the past 24 months - send your nominations to ACS National President Erika Addis at by April 4th.
Founder of Miller, Bob Miller, in 1946 as a young sound technician.
David Parer honoured with Officer of the Order of Australia
Congratulations to wildlife cinematographer David Parer AO ACS who received the Officer of the Order of Australia award on Australia Day.

This honour was for distinguished service to wildlife cinematography, to literature as an author, and to the environment.

David was inducted into the ACS Hall of Fame in 2008 and accredited in July 1989. He received widespread praise for his work at the ABC Natural History Unit and began his career as a physicist working in Antarctica.
Remembering Neil Davis for his 90th birthday
Neil Davis with his CP16 camera in south-east Asia.
The Tasmanian town of Sorell, along with colleagues and friends of renowned combat Cinematographer and ACS Hall of Fame Inductee Neil Davis, will come together with several events to mark what would've been the year he turned 90.

The flagship event will be an afternoon tea held on March 6th in Sorell, 30 minutes drive east of Hobart, featuring ABC friend and colleague Tim Bowden, the author of the book on Neil 'One Crowded Hour'. Deputy Mayor of Sorell Council and journalist Charles Wooley will also attend.

ACS Ambassador David Brill
AM ACS and Sorell councillor Carmel Torenius have been working together with a group of passionate locals to continue to remember Neil's memory in the hope of setting up an exhibition centre in his hometown.

Recently, several murals have been rehung in Neil Davis Place after being removed some years ago with assistance from the Rotary Club of Sorell. The Rotary Club also sponsor several student awards in Neil's name for History and English at schools within the wider Sorell area.

If you would like to attend the afternoon celebrations, please contact ACS Ambassador and Neil's colleague, David Brill
AM ACS by emailing
Carmel Torenius and David Brill AM ACS in Neil Davis Place, Sorell.
Free Tickets to Picture House 441 Q&A on Star Wars
The ACS is once again proud to partner with PictureHouse 441’s for 10 free tickets to what will be surely an interesting online discussion with Richard Edlund ASC for his work on Star Wars film ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ on which he won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

One of the founding members of Industrial Light and Magic, he is a multiple Academy Award winner and has received an American Society of Cinematographers President’s Award.

The Q&A will be held on midday, Wednesday 21 February Sydney time or 5pm Tuesday 20th February in Los Angeles.

ACS Members can contact President Erika Addis to claim their free ticket for this discussion via:

Also, the special discount code for ACS members for future events is 'ACS441'. More information on the upcoming events are on their website at:
  • Wonder Woman (2017) - director Patty Jenkins
  • Poor Things (2023) - editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis ACE 
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - VFX supervisor Richard Edlund ASC
  • Days of Heaven (1978) - editor Billy Weber
Email Erika now for your FREE ticket
Lenses the focus at recent Lemac and AFTRS event
Over 200 lenses from vintage to very rare were the feature on display at a recent Lemac event in partnership with AFTRS, both Gold ACS sponsors, and were joined by many ACS members.

The evening titled ‘A Lens for Every Story’ featured around 200 lenses. Some of the lenses included rehoused vintage and very rare Minolta Rokkor Full Frame Primes dating back to the 1960’s, rehoused Vintage Zeiss CONTAX Full Frame Primes, rehoused vintage Canon FD Full Frame Primes, vintage inspired Tribe7 Blackwing7 Full Frame Primes as well as various Anamorphic, Primes, Zooms and more.
Berlinale Festival Recognising Cinematographers
An intriguing exhibition will be held at the Berlinale International Film Festival this February.

Lifesized black and white portraits of cinematographers from across the globe were captured with the revolutionary IMAGO camera, the only one in the world designed for life-sized portraits, first built in Munich 1972.

Ashley Barron
ACS and many other cinematographers from across the globe will be featured as part of this exhibition.
More information about the Exhibition
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