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16th October 2021
A Message from the President
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Awards season is upon us, and the NSW committee is busy organising what is going to be a fantastic celebration of cinematography at our 2021 ACS NSW/ACT Branch Awards on Saturday October 30th at 6.30pm. We will be broadcasting live from Carriageworks in Sydney, hosted by great friend of the ACS, Ray Martin AM. With the awards scheduled so close to NSW opening up from lock-down, we have gone down the virtual path again this year to keep everyone safe. Hoping by our Xmas Party that we will be back face to face.
Congratulations to all of our entrants this year and a huge thank you to Chair of Judges, Aleksei Vanamois, along with the judges themselves who willingly gave the valuable time needed to watch and consider more than 260 entries in over 22 categories.
Please register in advance to join us for our virtual ACS Awards extravaganza, where you can enjoy a live chat where all members can join in on the celebrations and connect with friends and colleagues.
Our October Drop In will be a week later than normal, on Thursday October 28th at 7pm, as we are incredibly lucky to welcome Lachlan Milne ACS NZCS who has been able to take time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about his impressive work on the critically acclaimed feature film Minari.
Please register to attend with the link in this newsletter as it’s going to be a great night.
Accreditation assessment is well underway and I look forward to welcoming our newly accredited members at the Awards Ceremony.
Last month, our friends at Macquarie Financial ran a survey addressing how lock-down and government assistance has impacted members. I would encourage more of our members to participate, as it will only take a minute of your time, and there’s a very generous prize voucher to be won which we will announce at our awards.
As our Camera Workforce Census comes closer to a final report (due at the end of this year) I am noticing an across the board trend with how difficult it is in our industry to maintain a life/ work balance due to the demands of the long hours we work. As IATSE members threaten to strike in Hollywood due to unsustainable work conditions, I think it is a good time to reflect on our own industry. I have included an article link in this newsletter to bring everyone up to date with what is happening in Hollywood.
Finally, I’d like to draw your attention to the work of the National Film and Sound Archive, who recently were granted some much needed funding to help digitize some of the irreplaceable films that form the collective memory of Australia. Whilst these funds are no doubt much welcomed, it is still not enough to do all the work that is needed to save our history, including the amazing work of those cinematographers that came before us. Please check out the link below and consider donating to their work. There is currently a fantastic 4 part series on Women in the early days of Television created by Dr Jeannine Baker amongst many other fascinating glimpses into our history.
So as we emerge from lock-down please remain vigilant both on and off set, and I look forward to our virtual get together at the ACS NSW/ACT Branch awards on Saturday 30thOctober where we can all raise our glasses and celebrate cinematography.
All the best,
Carolyn Constantine ACS
NSW ACS Branch President 
National ACS Vice President
ACS NSW & ACT Branch Awards for 2021
Virtual Event streamed LIVE from Carriageworks

Our Awards for 2021 will be once again be presented as a Live Stream, hosted by the inimitable Ray Martin AM and beaming live from Carriageworks in Redfern.
October Drop in welcomes Lachlan Milne ACS NZCS taking us through the shooting of his Academy Award for Cinematography nominated film 'MINARI'
" I’d been desperate for a film like this – purely script-driven, performance-based and simply executed. It was a quick 25-day shoot, but everybody who signed on was doing it for the right reasons.”

MINARI won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, a Golden Globe, BAFTA and was nominated for six Academy Awards.
REGISTER for Drop-in Live Stream with Lachlan Milne ACS NZCS 28th OCTOBER at 7pm
REGISTER for Drop-in Live Stream with Lachlan Milne ACS NZCS 28th OCTOBER at 7pm
IATSE Announces Nationwide Strike to Begin in the U.S. Monday 18th October If Producers, Studios Deal Doesn’t Happen (click for more detail)
The ACS supports our colleagues in their fight for better working hours and conditions.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President
ACS & Member Sentiment Survey

In late June the wider business community was dealt another blow, lockdowns that for many business owners could spell the real beginning of the end. How much more disruption can businesses endure?

But what of the wider Film and Television Industry? I am hearing of things holding up after a brief bubble re-set but I`m keen to hear from you…. the ACS member base. Raw data is hard to come by that will attest to any theory.

I have put together a Survey to hear your opinions on the ground…how are you shaping up? Your thoughts on the latest Government assistance packages and your outlook for the future?

While all individual responses will remain in confidence, I would like to share the statistical results of the Survey in an upcoming Focus. Hopefully, the results may provide a cross-section of insight into the health of your Industry despite all the negativity and uncertainty.

Take the Sentiment Survey
Survey respondents will go into a draw to receive a $250 Credit to Mason Rose Fine Foods.
Draw Winner to be announced at the 2021 ACS NSW & ACT Branch Awards ceremony on 30th October in Sydney. Choose delivery or pick up from Mason Rose, otherwise $250 Coles Card awarded to winner outside Sydney.
All stay safe and look forward to reporting back with some meaningful data.
Andrew Barley
[email protected]

It’s been a tough 18 months – and it’s not over yet.
The MPIBS - Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society - provides financial and emotional support to film industry colleagues in need. If you can help, or you need help, please visit the brand-new website at
Workers from Cinema Exhibition & Distribution (NSW) and Film Production & Post-Production workers (National) are eligible.
“We’ll take whatever help we can get, then give it to our
industry colleagues who need it most”
Murray Forrest, MPIBS Chairman


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