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Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival

The ACS in collaboration with the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) are co hosting a special Industry event at the ACS HQ on Sunday, February 12, as part of the Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival.

The event is called The Hong Kong Film Forum, and will consist of a small reception followed by an open forum highlighting the film "Merry Go Round." Directed by Clement Cheng, the DOP is Jason Kwan. Excerpts of the film will be screened and a moderated discussion will take place. There will be an official Reception at 1.00pm, followed by the Forum, which will conclude at around 4.00pm.

Both the Director and Cinematographer will be in attendance along with the Producer and one of the lead actors.

This free event is open to only 20 ACS members, interested in the Chinese "action film" genre. To reserve your seat contact;
The film "Merry Go Round" is screening in it's entirety that night at 6.30pm at the Dendy Opera Quays and tickets will be available for any of our members who attend the Forum. Follow the links below for more information on the Director and others.

Click here to view Jason Kwan's IMDB page »
Click here to view Clement Sze-Kit Cheng's IMDB page »
Click here to go to the Golden Koala Film Festival's Official Website »

Vale Mike deGruy - Cinematographer

On Friday, February 3rd, at approximately 4pm, Mike de Gruy and his good friend, Andrew Wight were killed in a helicopter crash while working on a production together here in Australia. Details about the crash are incomplete at this point, but it has been suggested there was some kind of malfunction in the helicopter at take-off.

Mike specialised in underwater cinematography. His documentary credits include Life in the Freezer, Trials of Life, The Blue Planet and Pacific Abyss.

The ACS sends its best wishes to Mike's family and friends at this very sad time.

Vale Andrew Wight

It is with great sadness that we learn of the untimely passing of Writer/Producer Andrew Wight in a helicopter accident near Nowra NSW.

With a background in scientific research, Andrew was a prolific film maker with over 30 documentaries to his credit in a career that spanned 23 years. These included a variety of projects for James Cameron including the 3D underwater film Ghosts Of The Abyss in 2003.

Andrew later went on to write and produce Sanctum last year, a film executive-produced by Cameron, that was based on Wight's own experience revolving around his near-death incident in an underwater cave. Andrew was a highly respected member of the global film industry and the fact that he was taken from us in the prime of his life makes the loss even more tragic.

Our sincere condolences and sympathies are extended to his family at this most saddest of times.

A Postcard from Mark Wareham ACS

Mark Wareham ACS is currently in India shooting the "Save Your Legs" feature film about a touring suburban Australian cricket team.

To read Mark's postcard, please visit the ACS website.

Click here to read Mark's postcard on the ACS website »

Macquarie Uni Purchases ARRI ALEXA for Film Projects

Cinematographer Steve Macdonald withe the ARRI ALEXA on the set of the We're All Gonna Die music video

Recently a Macquarie University research infrastructure grant was awarded to the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies (MMCCS) within the Faculty of Arts at the university, which enabled the purchase of an ARRI ALEXA to support high quality research in the area of screen production.

The ARRI kit is a resource for staff research projects and Higher Degree Research projects within the MMCCS department. These projects have a range of budgets, and include music videos (including We're All Gonna Die), workshops, and high-end feature documentaries and dramas (including Random 8). The kit is primarily used on projects by the department's technical staff and camera teams lead by experienced cinematographers familiar with ARRI equipment.

ARRI Australia MD Stefan Sedlmeier stated, "We are delighted that Macquarie University and the MMCCS chose the ALEXA camera as their digital cinema camera. We are very proud that it is being used to train the television and filmmakers of tomorrow."

We're All Gonna Die » - View the We're All Gonna Die music video being made by Dr Alex Munt (MMCCS lecturer and filmmaker) with the ALEXA as part of his research into new directions in music video.
Random 8 » - Read more about Random 8, the feature film that has just been completed by Professor Kathryn Millard as part of her research at Macquarie University and finished on the ALEXA.

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