Greetings and salutations to members, friends and sponsors,
Welcome to 2023, and I hope you all had some solid time out over the festive season to connect with friends and family.
It’s a bumper newsletter to start the year. The Federal Government's launch of the new Cultural Policy “Revive” includes many welcome initiatives, including establishing a Centre for Arts and Entertainment Workplaces. The Centre would address many of the concerns raised in the music industry and the screen industry, including systemic discrimination, bullying, harassment and assault. This level of government support will feed into achieving some of our goals laid out in the A Wider Lens report.
Mandy Walker AM ACS ASCbeing nominated for an Oscar for Cinematography on ELVIS is fantastic news – congratulations Mandy, so richly deserved and here’s hoping from all at the ACS.
And coming up soon, applications will open on 1st March for the John Leake OAM ACS Emerging Cinematographer Award. Check the website for information.
Enjoy the read; catch you soon.
All the best to you all,
ACS National President
New Australian Government Arts Policy
Last week the Federal Arts Minister, Tony Burke MP, announced an updated Cultural Policy titled 'Revive.'
The 'Make it Australian' group (including the Australian Directors Guild, Australian Writers Guild, Screen Producers Australia and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance) have welcomed the announcement.
The group pushed for mandated Australian content to be included on streaming platforms, with the policy seeking this by mid-2024.
Further policy objectives relating to cinematography include five-year funding terms and indexation for ABC and SBS.
Congratulations to Ari Wegner ASC ACS, who has been accepted as the latest American Society of Cinematographers Member.
Ari's career continues to grow and push down barriers receiving many accolades for her high standard of work.
She earnt an Academy Award nomination for her work on The Power of the Dog in 2021, and her resume includes The Kettering Incident, Lady Macbeth and Zola which she received Best Cinematography at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Can you Contribute to the AC Magazine?
From Australian Cinematographer Editor Sarah Jo Fraser:
We’re looking to expand the AC Mag team and would love to hear from any and all interested members across the country.
If you’ve got your ear to the ground and want to help elevate the voices of talent in your state, we’re looking for locals in each state to seek out new and interesting Cinematographers, projects, technicians, and gear to feature in the magazine.
This is a great opportunity to branch out and network amongst your peers and help to expand and diversify the magazine.
We’re also looking for writers who can commit to anywhere from one story per issue to one story per year and anywhere in between. I’ve always found these to be a great opportunity to have an in-depth one-on-one chat with a DOP about their process, and I always come away from an interview with a new nugget of wisdom.
The AACTA Awards have announced they're moving their awards to the Gold Coast following a partnership with the Queensland Government.
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts say they can expand the awards, including Screen Fest, which is held in the run-up to the Awards and features a range of screen cultural and development programs.
The next awards will be moving to February in 2024 - alongside award season for the Oscars and BAFTAs.
Postcard from Andrew Commis ACS
I’ve been in Budapest for the last 6 months shooting the Paramount / Showtime series Halo which has been a nice challenge and a lot of fun. I’m unable to do the last block, so look who we have to save the day …
Nicola Daley ACS!
Here we are “crossing over” at Korda studios in the last week of December as I finish shooting and Nic starts pre …
Happy 2023 to you all!
Nicola Daley ACS secrets to Cinematography
And if you'd like to know why Nicola Daley ACSis so in demand and a worthy replacement for Andy, Nicola has spilled her secrets in a Televisual magazine feature on Cinematographers.
For those that don't know Nicola, her work includes The Handmaid's Tale, Harlots and Gentleman Jack to name a few.
In early January, five Tasmanian ACS members were responsible for bringing the action from Center Court at the WTA Hobart International tennis tournament to viewers around the globe.
The Cinematographers on Center Court were Andy Walton, Adam Reibel, Peter Curtis ACSand Mathew Growcott. Andrew Harcourt and his business Creative Imagery provided the Outside Broadcast facilities. These ACS members made up all of the Center Court cinematographers apart from the Senior Cinematographer from the Production company that travels the circuit.
The telecast went to over 130 countries and 40 broadcasters and was an important lead-up event to the Australian Open in Melbourne.
David Parer ACS on the Galapagos
David Parer ACSand Liz Parer-Cook are busy uploading content to their YouTube channel.
This video, Two Years in Galapagos - Excerpt 2, features how they filmed their documentary The Dragons of Galapagos for ABC.
It includes the eruption of the Fernandina Volcano and their trip into the crater to film the Galapagos Land Iguana nesting and a rock avalanche.