ACS E News Bulletin - The Shadowcatchers Launch

In This Issue:

- The Shadowcatchers Launch
- The Aussie Who Baffled the World
- Vale Peter Stuart "The Major" Hendry (1926 - 2012)
- 2012 National Awards Wrap-Up
- A Postcard from Andy Taylor ACS
- AFTRS Friday on My Mind
- AACTA Membership Reduction for Accredited ACS Members
- Panavision Australia Restructures

The Shadowcatchers Launch

Greetings ACS colleagues,

To help the ACS celebrate the official, long awaited launch of our much anticipated book THE SHADOWCATCHERS: A History of Cinematography in Australia, we'd like to invite you to attend our official Book Launch on Thursday, May 31.

This is a truly historic event for the Society and we'd like you to share the moment with us. All the details are in the invitation below, so please RSVP if you can make it and I'll look forward to seeing you on May 31.

Best regards,
Ron Johanson ACS
National President

The Aussie Who Baffled the World

This is the extraordinary true story of Australian wildlife cinematographer and inventor Jim Frazier, and his fight to keep his crowning achievement, "the impossible lens", from being taken away.

Jim Frazier OAM ACS (ACS Hall of Fame) is an Australian cinematographer, inventor and naturalist who invented the Frazier lens, which eventually became the Panavision - Frazier lens. He has won many Australian and international awards for his work, including an Academy Award for Technical Achievement and an Emmy Award. He is well-known for filming documentaries for David Attenborough, together with his long-time collaborator Australian naturalist, photographer and writer Densey Clyne.

A documentary about the whole Frazier Lens saga will be broadcast next Sunday, May 13th at 2 30pm.on the National Geographic Channel (Foxtel/Austar).

It has received very good reviews, and is a program about one of our very own, that should not be missed. I urge you to boil the kettle, put the feet up and relax for around an hour or so on Sunday, May 13th at 2:30pm to watch this thoroughly absorbing documentary.

Vale Peter Stuart "The Major" Hendry (1926 - 2012)

ACS member and renowned cinematographer Peter Hendry, passed away peacefully, aged 86 on the 6th May 2012 at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Beloved husband of Larraine, much loved brother of Jean. "Uncle P" to Nikki, Sue, David, Richard and families. Loved by all who knew him, and had the great fortune to work with him on such projects as Seven Little Australians, Ben Hall, Patrol Boat, The Timeless Land, Rooted, 1915, Tusitala, Captain James Cook, The Private War of Lucinda Smith and countless other television projects for the ABC.

The farewell to Peter will be in the North Chapel of Northern Suburbs Crematorium, 199 Delhi Road, North Ryde, on this coming Saturday, 12th May 2012, commencing at 12.15pm.

Afterwards, friends are invited to celebrate Peter's life at the Kirribilli RSL Club, 11 Harbour View Crescent, Lavender Bay (The Water Terrace Room).

The ACS offers our deepest sympathy to Peter's family and friends. He will be remembered as a very honourable, generous man, who gave freely of his time and his knowledge.

2012 National Awards Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2012 ACS National Awards.

Below are links to view the photographs from the night, as well as clips from all of the winning entries, thanks to

Click here to view the photos from the 2012 National Awards for Cinematography »
Click here to see clips from all of the winning entries on »

A Postcard from Andy Taylor ACS

Andy Taylor has had some amazing adventures over the past year while shooting for 60 Minutes, travelling to places as varied as Borneo, Libya, Vanuatu and the Amazon jungle.

His postcard details many of these adventures, as well as an expedition to shoot in Mexico's Crystal Caves. Read all about it on the ACS website.

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

AFTRS Friday On My Mind: May 11th 2012

Sydney: Roger Simpson - Bikies at War

Veteran drama writer/producer Roger Simpson will see his latest project - Bikie Wars, a six-part drama about the 1984 Milperra Bikie Massacre, based on the bestselling book Brothers in Arms - screen on commercial television on May 15 and according to Simpson ' it's a story that has been waiting to be told.'

Shot in and around Sydney, Bikie wars: Brothers in Arms was one of the most sought-after properties in television and shines a light on the culture, the code of honour and the deadly consequences of two tribes colliding.

Roger will delve into the journey of bringing this story to the screen at precisely the time when bikies are again making headlines in Australia.

Guest: Roger Simpson
Free, 5pm sharp
AFTRS Theatre 1, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, NSW

Melbourne: Greg McLean - Horrorfied. Taking horror to the limit one more time?

Greg McLean first got our attention with his debut feature film Wolf Creek, which, excuse the expression┬ůscared us shitless! It pushed the horror genre to levels we hadn't seen for years and it did so with a confidence and audacity you just had to admire. Made for less than $2 million, it sold for many more millions internationally after its debut at Sundance. The Weinstein backed horror film Rogue followed soon after, continuing the theme of an outback predator. Wolf Creek 2 is on its way. And in between Greg has also executive produced Red Hill and recently completed thriller Crawlspace.

In his multifaceted roles as writer/director/producer and executive producer, Greg will candidly discuss the lessons he's learnt managing that vital shift from script development into first time production; maintaining creative control and why he has set up a company to support first time directors and, curiously, the graphic novel publishing arm; Diezel Punk.

Guest: Greg McLean
Free, 5pm sharp.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
Tickets for Friday on My Mind can be picked up from the ACMI box office from 10:00 AM each Friday

Click here to read more about Friday on My Mind »

AACTA Membership Reduction for Accredited ACS Members

AFI | AACTA recognises that it is critical for Australian screen practitioners to be engaged with and be a member of their representative industry guild. We are therefore pleased to be able to continue our partnership and provide reduced AACTA membership with ACS.

In order to expand our services and membership program, we have revised our price structure and as such, we invite accredited members of ACS to become members of AACTA at the rate of $80 (full AACTA membership is $110). A saving of over 25%.

About AACTA Membership
AACTA membership represents the peak peer assembly for Australia's screen professionals who have the privilege of judging and voting in the Australian film and television industry's most prestigious peer-voted Awards, the AACTA Awards.

The AACTA Awards see practitioners from a broad cross-section of crafts come together to be recognised and awarded for outstanding work within their fields, and in recognition for their contribution to the Australian film, television, documentary and shorts production industries.

Now is the time to join AACTA, as we build on the unprecedented media, public, international and industry interest established by its inaugural AACTA Awards.

AACTA members also have exclusive, complimentary access to: AACTA events including AACTA's first anniversary / the launch of the 2013 AACTA Awards season (Melbourne & Sydney); preview screenings; access to feature films in competition via Awards Screenings, in season passes and DVD screeners; discounted cinema and film festival tickets and magazine subscriptions; and access to giveaways.

For further information, or to join please visit the link below or contact Zofia Zabielska, Academy Membership Manager on (03) 9696 1844 or

Panavision Australia Restructures

After 17 years with the company MD Martin Cayzer has decided to leave Panavision Asia Pacific. Cayzer's departure sees a new management structure take the helm with current Marketing Director Paul Jackson becoming Head of Rentals and Finance Director Brett Rubin taking additional responsibility for John Barry sales.

Cayzer said, "After 17 years it's time for me to move on to fresh challenges. I'm delighted to say that Panavision Asia Pacific is in the best shape it's been in for some time having secured features like Fury Road, I, Frankenstein, The Railway Man, The Sapphires and The Great Gatsby as well as TV series such as Spartacus and Winners and Losers. It's obviously a significant decision on my part but I leave happy in the knowledge that Panavision is in a good place moving forward with Paul and his 13 years experience with the company and Brett with his solid financial background, without question the best two people to take the helm."

In his time at Panavision Cayzer has worked closely with both Jackson and Rubin on many major projects including some of Australia and New Zealand's largest movie and TV productions, moving the organisation's HQ and the recent sale of Panalux to Fox Studios Australia. He was also a board member and Chairman of Ausfilm.

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