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NSW President's Welcome

Dear Members and Friends,
Our ACS NSW 2020 Awards presented by our major sponsors Rotor Head and Fujinon-Fuijfilm are fast approaching and as our awards go virtual this year we will be live streaming on Saturday October 31stfrom 630pm so I ask you all to put the date aside to join us and your colleagues online. We've had a record amount of entries in many categories and I thank our panel of judges who have spent many hours looking at some outstanding work. Hosted by the fabulous Ray Martin AM and with our Guests of Honour Dion Beebe ACS ASC and Unjoo Moon the night is shaping up to be another showcase of some really impressive work with more pictures on the screen and us crossing live to many winners.  This celebration will be a free event that requires guest registration.

Accreditation applications are all in and judges are currently in the middle of reviewing all the submissions and I look forward to some of our NSW members being presented with their letters at our Awards presentation.
Many thanks to Simeon Bryan for hosting last months Drop In with our guest Ben Jasper who gave us a generous insight into Bollywood and his experiences working out of Asia.

Our October Drop In is this Thursday the 15that 630pm we are lucky to be in conversation with Steve Mason ACS ASC whose early success as DP on Strictly Ballroom led to a move to LA where he has pursued a really successful career in both drama and commercials.  Hosted by Ben Allan ACS CSI, Steve will give us an insight into building a career and working in Hollywood. Remember to register below for another great "Online Drop In" this week.
Last week on set it was hard to find an AC or grip assistant for dailies so I’m hoping that’s a sign that it’s getting busier out there and it continues to stay that way. Please stay safe on and off set so our community and industry can continue to get back to work. 
See you at the awards… less than 3 weeks to go!!!

Carolyn Constantine ACS
President ACS NSW

Register on the link below

October Monthly Online Drop In

Thursday October 15th
Register HERE
Join ACS NSW & Director of Photography Steve Mason ASC ACS
in conversation with
Ben Allan ACS CSI

Steve Mason ASC, ACS

LA based Director of Photography.  His feature films include "Thirteen Minutes", "A Change of Heart", "Ghost of New Orleans, "Harsh Times", "The Wendell Baker Story, "Venom", "Boot Men", "Basic", "Rollerball", "That old Feeling' & of course as pictured here "Strictly Ballroom". "Broken Highway", "Redheads" & "The Tale of Ruby Rose".
Check out his reel below & register for the event on the link above
A reel of some of the great films, directors and actors I've had the privilege to work with and shoot.
But he doesn't just film features, here's a list of work he's lensed for Television  

..."The Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, "Castle", "Mad Men" and Murder Book".  The Pilots "Viva Laughlin" and "Fame LA" and if that wasn't enough he's got a load of Music Videos and Commercials under his belt as well.  

So take some time out this Thursday Night as we cross live to LA for this wonderful drop in.


The past decade has seen the boldest – and most creative – shorts land onto our screens. With 2020 marking the 10th Anniversary of the AACTA Awards, this year, AACTA and MINI are searching for the Short of the Decade.

Proudly presented by MINI, we have included a field of nominated and winning films across the Short Film and Short Animation categories, sorted by year.

The winner of Short of the Decade will be announced on Saturday 28 November at Shorts + Web Fest presented by MINI, a dedicated day presenting all things short form and web-based as part of inaugural online AACTA Screen Fest. They’ll be awarded $500 cash, a MINI vehicle for one month and two tickets to the 2021 AACTA Awards.

Key information: 
● How do I vote? Simply watch the films here, and give your favourites a thumbs up
● Voting opens Monday 5 October, 9am AEDT
● Voting closes Sunday 18 October, 5pm AEDT
● Follow us at @aacta to stay in the loop.

Check here for more details...

CINEMA REBORN - Jean-Pierre Melville at the Randwick Ritz - Sunday October 18 at 4.00 pm LE DOULOS

The 3rd film in the season of restored classics by the French master Jean-Pierre Melville goes up on the big screen at the Ritz Cinemas, Randwick next Sunday October 18 at 4.00 pm. It’s his 1962 film Le Doulos (aka The Finger Man) with a stellar cast headed by Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Jean Desailly and Michel Piccoli. 

The film will be introduced by John McDonald, film critic for the Australian Financial Review, art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald and a frequent contributor to international journals.

Make It Australian

The federal government has failed Australian audiences and creative workers again by slashing Australian drama and kids’ requirements for commercial broadcasters, and doing nothing to guarantee new Australian stories on streaming companies like Netflix.

In a pre-Budget announcement yesterday, Communications Minster Paul Fletcher squandered the opportunity to bring in new content requirements for the booming streaming video market.

Worse still, he has ensured that new drama, comedy and kids’ content will be drastically reduced on commercial and subscription television.

This threatens to create a crisis for a screen sector as it emerges from COVID-19 shutdowns, with fewer jobs being created and small businesses being driven to the wall.

The industry’s big businesses are the only winners, with commercial television owners and global streaming video services Netflix and Amazon let off the hook, while the losers will be audiences who want to watch Australian stories on their screens and the 30,000 people who work in the local industry.

Clearly, the fight to Make It Australian is far from over. Now we need to take it to the top by demanding action from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

You can play your part by going to the Make It Australian website to send a message to the Prime Minister yourself.

Tell him that to unlock the economic, cultural and employment potential of our industry, we need: 

  • Meaningful content regulations for commercial broadcast and subscription television to safeguard the 15,000 jobs at risk.
  • Commitment to the immediate introduction of new rules to ensure that Australians see Australian stories on streaming platforms (such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Stan).
  • Modernised, competitive tax offsets to incentivise private investment, including Australian creative works.
  • Well-funded public broadcasters and screen agencies.


This week  on World Mental Health Day, Film Art Media - the filmmakers behind acclaimed ABC documentary The Show Must Go On announce four customised mental wellbeing webinars to take place in November 2020. 

Screen Well is the first initiative of its kind to focus on improving the wellbeing of screen practitioners, which is falling behind other parts of the entertainment industry.

Since June, filmmaker and mental health advocate Ben Steel has been collaborating with screen guilds, unions, and interests groups to identify core wellbeing issues facing the sector, as well as working alongside mental health professionals to design the four wellbeing webinars titled Crew Well, Create Well, Perform Well and Lead Well. It builds on the highly successful Wellness Roadshow designed in collaboration with Film Art Media and Impact Producer, Diana Fisk which has rolled out nationally since the release of The Show Must Go On documentary.

Screen Well creator Ben Steel said: “The music and live performance industries are very proactive in the wellbeing space, providing many customised resources, events, and support through entries such as Support Act and the Arts Wellbeing Collective - the screen industry is sadly lagging very far behind, but I’m hopeful that these webinars will be the catalyst to help change that.”

Funded through Screen Australia’s Industry Partnerships program, the four free webinars will commence on 9 November, and each customised session will have a different focus to address the needs of the four main cohorts of screen workers; Teams (Crew members), Creators (Writers, Directors, Designers, Editors, Producers), Performers (Actors, Agents/Managers, Casting Directors), and Leaders (Heads of Departments). Speakers will include creative business advisor Monica Davidson, Tracy Margieson program manager of the Arts Wellbeing Collective, and renowned psychologist/author Dr Julie Crabtree, among others.

Psychologist and author Dr Julie Crabtree said: “Coronavirus has brought profound awareness to underlying challenges many in the screen industry have faced for a very long time, such as; isolation, uncertainty, financial and mental health stress. This moment in time has created an appetite for understanding, self-growth, and meaningful change which I’m excited to help facilitate in these wellbeing webinars.”.

Screen Australia CEO, Graeme Mason said, “This year has been incredibly difficult for many people working in our sector as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19. It’s important we pay close attention to our mental health during this time and I encourage everyone to take advantage of these webinars.”

Further details and reservations to sessions below:

Crew Well session link:


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Create Well session link:
Perform Well session link:
Lead Well session link:

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Television is making more documentaries than ever—but skipping the journalism

By Danny Funt, CJR

Hillary Clinton was ready to bare her soul, or so Hulu subscribers were told in March. After missing her shot at the presidency, Clinton would, at last, let her guard down. A four-part documentary promised to reveal the true Clinton, anchored by two thousand hours of fly-on-the-wall footage from her 2016 campaign and thirty-five hours of interviews with director Nanette Burstein. “Nothing was off-limits,” Clinton said while promoting the series. Critics marveled at her “remarkable frankness” and “surprisingly candid new public persona.” The film received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, losing earlier this month to ESPN’s ten-part series on Michael Jordan, The Last Dance

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