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ACS Short Ends - National eNews - 1st April 2022
Dear everyone,
Our hearts go out to all those suffering terribly in Ukraine and our deep thanks and acknowledgement of all the news camera ops and journalists who are risking their lives every day to bring the stories and pictures of this atrocity to the world.
And, seemingly impossible, again, northern NSW is experiencing devastating flooding. Everyone, please continue to reach out and help your colleagues and friends again where you can. It matters.
This week at the Oscars we had the great pleasure of celebrating not one but two Australians nominated for Best Cinematography, Greig Fraser ACS ASC and Ari Wegner ACS. It was the third time there have been two Aussie cinematographers nominated in the same year. Previously in 2002 Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC  won (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) and Don McAlpine ACS ASC (Moulin Rouge), and in 2004 Russell Boyd ACS ASC won (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) and John Seale ACS ASC (Cold Mountain).
It would have made history if Ari Wegner ACS (The Power of the Dog) had become the first woman to win the Best Cinematography Oscar, and, as Greig Fraser ACS ASC  (Dune) said to Gary Maddox (SMH), “If Ari was to win, there would be no one happier in that audience than me”. But on the night he proved to be the winner from a stellar field of nominees. Congratulations Greig!
Our hearty and heartfelt congratulations to both exceptional cinematographers for the multiple nominations and wins at BSC, BAFTAs and Academy Awards. We look forward to seeing what you do next.
And in sad news, our sterling AC Magazine editor of seven years, James Cunningham, has given notice of his resignation to take effect from the June issue. The magazine has consistently grown in quality and depth over the time of James’ tenure and his shoes will be seriously challenging to fill. Massive thank you James, for all the work done for so long, we really appreciate everything you have done and you will be missed.
Please see the call out below for expressions of interest in the position of Editor of the ACS’s flagship publication AC Magazine.
And I want to strongly encourage everyone to come along to the National Awards in Adelaide. It will be an emotional night with everyone wanting to farewell and thank Ron Johanson OAM ACS for all that he has given to the Society as well as to so many individuals over the time he has lead the ACS. There will be a lot of love in room, and I really hope you can make it. See booking details below.
Erika Addis
National President ACS
Greig Faser ACS ASC                  Ari Wegner ACS
photo Sydney Morning Herald
On the occasion of his well earned retirement, I want to thank and acknowledge the amazing support from Marc van Agten of Fujifilm.

For over fourteen years he has been at the helm of FUJINON - FUJIFILM as the Major National Sponsor of the ACS.

He has been instrumental in us being in a position to purchase the National Headquarters and assisted the upkeep via the Fujifilm Initiative, back when we shot film and his collaborative attitude, among many other things saw us bring Oscar winner, Anthony Dod Mantle BSC DFF ASC to Australia on a tour, which was

hugely successful. Thanks for this must also go to Simon Murphy who kept both Anthony and myself on a tight rein.

Marc has always been there for a friendly, productive chat and at times wise and generous counsel. Always the first to put his hand up and never not consider an idea put to him.

I thank him on behalf of all ACS members for his support and his patronage along with his welcoming demeanour.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National Sponsor Manager
IMAGO delegate
When The Camera Stopped Rolling
Award Winning Documentary From Jane Castle ACS
Launches National Screening / Q&A Tour

Jane Castle ACS, daughter of trailblazing Australian filmmaker, Lilias Fraser, tells the epic tale of her mother’s extraordinary life, her career and their challenging relationship.
Driven by the need to understand and heal from their shared trauma, director/cinematographer Jane digs deep using the rich textures of a stunning, unseen part of Australia’s cinematic history.
Tenacious, enthusiastic and ambitious, Lilias overcame huge systemic and personal obstacles to make over 40 films in her lifetime. But her success came at a cost – the early trauma that drove her also saw her unravel over time.
Deeply moving and searingly honest, When the Camera Stopped Rolling reveals both the light and dark of this proto-feminist icon and unique mother-daughter team. The triumphs and turbulence of their careers and their relationship are captured with clarity and compassion, set against a rich tapestry of stunning visuals and sound.

MELBOURNE ACMI Opening Night Q&A (April 21) and Screenings
April 21 - May 1

CANBERRA - National Foundation for Australian Women Panel,
April 22 (no link)

CANBERRA - National Film and Sound Archive, 
April 23

SYDNEY Randwick Ritz Q&A and Screenings,
April 24

SYDNEY - Dendy Cinemas Newtown Q&A and Screenings,  
April 24

GOLD COAST Gold Coast Film Festival
April 29

COFFS HARBOUR ScreenWave International Film Festival
May 4
2022 National ACS Awards for Cinematography
The prestigious 2022 National ACS Awards for Cinematography will be held in Adelaide at the Hilton Hotel on Victoria Square on April 30th beginning with pre-dinner drinks at 6pm. Our MC is the fabulous Ray Martin AM and please note this is a black tie event and the highlight of the ACS year.  At these Awards you can see the best of the best work from Australian DoP's and it's a chance to mix with some of the best cinematographers in Australia. We hope to see you at our 52nd National Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide and help us celebrate the legacy of outgoing National ACS President Ron Johanson OAM ACS and to welcome our new National President Erika Addis.

Bookings for the Awards and the ancillary events open on March 14th via Bookings - ACS National Awards. All booking links are available on this page, so get in early as there are limits at the venues and note that all bookings close by April 21st.

Over the Awards weekend these other events, which are free for ACS members and sponsors, include:

A special Screening and Q&A of The Dry with DoP Stefan Duscio ACS and moderator Kim Batterham ACS sponsored by PANAVISION on Friday night April 29th at the Mercury CX Cinema, 13 Morphett St. Adelaide. The Bar will open at 6pm (buy your own) for a 6:30pm screening followed by the Q&A.

Immediately following the Q&A enjoy the ROSCO - LEITZ sponsored Drinks & Finger food at Mercury CX going through until 11:30pm. ACS Members and Sponsors Only.

On the following Saturday morning, April 30th, we'll have the popular Meet the Nominees session sponsored by ARRI Australia with Kim Batterham ACS once again moderating at the Mercury CX Cinema, 13 Morphett St. Adelaide. We'll have as many nominated DoP's of differing genres on the panel that we can.

Remember if you are attending the awards and any of the other events please bring some cash to purchase raffle tickets with all proceeds going to the Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society. The prize is proudly sponsored by Panasonic - Lumix. Please be generous as your help is really needed and appreciated.

Please note: Bookings are required and essential for all Award events.
National Executive Meeting 1st May 2022
A reminder to the National Executive that a National Executive Meeting will be held in Adelaide on Sunday 1st May 2022 - the morning after the Awards.
Credit Maker 2022
Applications are open for the new CREDIT MAKER scheme for early mid-career female practitioners.
Credit Maker is a high calibre initiative that will support 12 female practitioners across directing, cinematography and composing to attain a career defining credit on a scripted television drama production. Eligible candidates will have significant experience as a cinematographer filming narrative drama.
Credit Maker is supported by Screen Australia’s Gender Matters in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild, the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.
Applications to the ACS for Credit Maker placements are open. For more information go to  Credit Make scheme or use this link to download the Application Form.
First round closing date is 11th April 2022

Australian Cinematographer Magazine Editor
After seven years as Editor the wonderful James Cunningham has decided to call it a day and move on. This means that the ACS is in need of someone to take on the role of Editor of Australian Cinematographer magazine.
This is a voluntary position, but it offers someone a great opportunity to be a pivotal part of the ACS and put their stamp on this prestigious publication. You don't have to commit to seven years - one issue at a time to start with is fine. James started with one issue and enjoyed it so much he stayed for seven years!

If you think you, or indeed someone you know – it doesn’t have to be an ACS member - might be able to help out and enjoy the kudos of this role (even for one issue) then please let us know.

Your ACS needs you.

Please direct enquiries and expressions of interest to AC Magazine Chair, Ted Rayment ACS at

National Short Ends Newsletter Editor
Are you interested in keeping up to date with “all things cinematography” and would you be keen to help your ACS peers keep up to date?

You could be just the person the ACS is looking for to take over the helm of the ACS National Short Ends newsletter.

As editor you will monitor the latest in the Film & TV world for items of interest to ACS members and sponsors. You will collate, format and present this information, on a regular basis, via the National newsletter. You will be at the sharp end of the ACS and deal directly with President, Erika Addis.

Ask not what your Society can do for you, rather, what can you do for your Society – this may be right up your alley.
Contact Erika Addis at to express your interest.
Vale - Jeffrey Darling
The ACS is deeply saddened by the sad and tragic loss of Jeff Darling, a brilliant DoP - Director whose work was truly remarkable.
We send our deepest condolences to Jeff’s family; wife, Sarah, and children Imogen, Scout, Cooper and Carson.
He will be remembered as a visual artist whose work spoke to Australians and global audiences.
On the Tools
HDR - Shoot to Screen Weekend

Hold the Date

The ACS and Colorist Society International will present HDR - Shoot to Screen.
Venue: ACS HQ
Date: 21-22nd May 2022
Details revealed in a future Short Ends newsletter.

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