National E-News Bulletin ~ In Rememberance


AC Magazines

Issue 64

Greetings fellow ACS members and colleagues,

On Sunday last, many of you gathered to Remember Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC at a heartfelt memorial. For those of you who were unable to attend I would like to share a little of the day...


Good afternoon and a warm welcome to you all. It’s fantastic to see so many friends and colleagues of our good mate Andrew Lesnie here today to celebrate his life and remember his legacy.

It’s also great that there are members of Andrew’s family with us today to share the moments, and a very heart-felt welcome to you from us all.

Many thanks to those who have travelled great distances, with one thing in mind, to honour the memory of one of our finest cinematographers, along with so many others from around the globe who have sent video messages. It’s so impressive what we can do as a united industry at a time of such great loss.

There are many to thank for bringing this Remembering Andrew event to fruition, and I would like to take a moment to do just that.

Firstly to Sir Peter Jackson and Lady Fran Walsh for their overwhelming generosity of spirit and to all at Wingnut and Weta for their unbridled support, to Ray Martin for just being himself, a great friend to all of us, the Society and our members, Kim Batterham ACS, Erika Addis and all at AFTRS, including the AFTRS students who are involved today in documenting the event for future use. To my good friends at the ACS, Marianne & David Wakeley ACS, David Lewis ACS, David Burr ACS, Lizz Vernon along with Pat Rubie. To Bronwyn Grantham who got the ball rolling and to whom I have spoken with many times about the event itself, her support has been terrific, and the unstoppable Anne Bruning who were all part of the organising committee. Thanks to Geoff Anderson at Sonic Sight for the AV presentation and the management here at the cinema, Richard Morgan, Luke Mackey, Peter Stone, Fiona Pulford and Ian Sutherland who have been totally supportive from the very beginning.

But it’s to all of you that have come to pay your respects and to share your thoughts of Andrew, that I reserve the greatest thanks and appreciation of all.

Much will be said today about Andrew, and I have a couple I would like to share with you…From Simon Townsend who can’t be with us today… ”Andrew stayed with Wonder World for it’s first two years, during which we won 2 Logies for excellence, due greatly to Andrew’s input. He had enormous fun, enjoying the nonsense and hilarity contained in many of our film stories. Thank you Andrew for helping me to a great start for my show, and God bless you for the talent you used so well and thank you for being a terrific bloke.”…

From Victorian member Dale Woodrow. “Andrew continues to inspire me, and guide me like the calming voice in my mind, so as difficult and hard it is to accept that he has passed, he provided an aesthetic and standard of quality to strive for, plus being calm, positive and happy is not that hard to do, you just have to make that choice, he said. Remembering Andrew this 12th of July is a very special day for ACS members and supporters, his co-workers, friends and for his immediate family to receive and share in the recognition his Cinematography career experienced and just how many people he made an immense impact on. He has a very large family indeed.”

Finally from SA Branch member Rod Bolton… ”The whole film community in South Australia pass on their heartfelt feelings to the memory of this great and generous cinematographer. We all learned and laughed a lot with this wonderful genius behind the camera”.

Andrew was way too young, on the threshold of his career, one that would take him to many new places and experience many new things, with far reaching opportunities to share his thoughts and wisdom with new friends. To discuss his great love of coverage just one more time…..Sadly not to be, but I am reminded of something John Lennon wrote, which I think appropriate:

Bless you wherever you are
Windswept child on a shooting star
Restless Spirit departs
Still we're deep in each other's hearts

Good on you Andrew, go you good thing, we all miss you so very much.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National ACS President

MC: Ray Martin AM, Guest Speakers: Jack Thompson AM, Craig Monahan, Bill Bennett & Andrew Mason
~ Photo by David Wakeley ACS


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ACCREDITATION ~ Closing 31st July 2015

ACS Accreditation is the highest honour that is bestowed on an Australian cinematographer. It was first granted in 1963 and to this day there have been 361 members honoured with Accreditation. It is based on the following simple criteria:

"The National Executive may grant Accreditation, on the recommendation of the Accreditation Committee, to an ACS member whose overall standard is considered exceptional. The standard of cinematography needs to be of a consistently high standard, or is outstanding in a specialised field. Accreditation allows the cinematographer to use the letters ACS after their name."

Accreditation applications closes on 31 July.

If you have been a Full member of the Society for a 3 year period you are eligible to apply Accreditation, so for more information and an Accreditation application form contact your Branch President or National President, Ron Johanson ACS

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