Special Australia Day Edition ~ 2017


Editor: Lizz Vernon

Message from the President

It is with great delight I inform you that at today's 2017 Australia Day Honours, David Brill ACS was awarded the AM for his contribution to the industry.

This recognition is thoroughly deserving as David has not only been one of our finest cinematographers but also a humanitarian.

I congratulate David Brill AM ACS on behalf of us all….

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

David Brill AM ACS - Was born in Tasmania and has been covering disasters, wars and humanitarian stories since 1967, with a mission to seek out unsung heroes.

He is, without doubt, one of Australia's finest news cinematographers, a true gentleman and in his typically humble way describes his motivation as telling the stories of unsung heroes and highlighting the good things happening in the world, which often go unreported.
 From the fall of Saigon to the conflict in the Middle East, he has been there....

But this is a career of a man worthy of explanation.

From 1964-66 he studied photography and cinematography at a commercial studio in Hobart before landing a job as a trainee cameraman at the ABC.

In 1967 he filmed the Black Tuesday bushfires ravaging the island and his footage was screened around the world.

In 1970 and 1971 he traveled to Vietnam to film the conflict, winning a Thorn-EMI Award for his footage. It was in Vietnam that he realised the devastation that war brings, and since then, he has focused on the human consequences of conflict whether in Cambodia, El Salvador, Somalia, Serbia or any other hotspot he's reported from.

Life’s journey has seen him working for a host of current affairs programs, eventually coming to Dateline in 2003. While working for Dateline he's won United Nations Media Awards for his stories Good Morning Vietnam, Chad - Crisis In The Desert and Free the Bears.

His courage and audacity when filming is legendary. He sees great value in explaining the magnitude of war to an Australian audience, as he believes Australia is indeed a lucky country.

The story of his extraordinary life can be found in John Little's biography entitled The Man Who Saw Too Much.

As is often the case he finds filming a very personal experience, particularly when using the small cameras that Dateline's video journalists use. He says he feels guilty when capturing the pain in the faces of innocent people - because he knows that sooner or later, he'll simply walk out of their lives.

Such is the mark of this extraordinary man.

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ACS members Greig Fraser ACS ASC and Bentley Dean have both been nominated for Oscars. Greig for his outstandingly beautiful cinematography on “ LION" and Bentley, with Martin Butler as Director in the Best Foreign Film category for “TANNA”. Let’s also acknowledge Mel Gibson for his nomination as Best Director for his amazing work on "HACKSAW RIDGE".

How bloody good is that! Congratulations to the four of you along with all the other nominees.


1.Greig Fraser ACS ASC 2. Martin Butler and Bentley Dean - Pic Alamy.com 3. Mel Gibson AO

The Australian Cinematographers Society offers our deepest condolences

Given the tragic circumstances this week in Brisbane during the filming of a music clip, that resulted in the death of one of the participating actors, the Australian Cinematographers Society offers our "deepest condolences" to the family and friends of the victim and to all crew members on set at the time.

Sadly, this is a reminder that the motion picture industry in all its forms can be inherently hazardous and we must all remain diligent regarding workplace safety on any set.
This is of paramount importance!

ACS CineKid Darwin Schultz ~ Loving his new Sony a6500

ACS CineKids NSW member, Darwin Schultz with his new SONY A6500 camera, with thanks to a helping hand from SONY and Videocraft..

The camera is all I hoped for and more! I have been playing with it these past days and I'm thrilled with the results. I'm shooting a music video tomorrow and will be putting it to the test!

VA DIGITAL Support "LOVE CHILD” Season 4

Love Child Season 4, DOP: Nic Owens testing this week.
What a fantastic crew. VA DIGITAL are very proud to be supplying the camera package and supporting another season of this great show.


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