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15th May 2021
A message from the President
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
A big thanks to Fujinon Fujifilm and the ACT branch for hosting a most successful ACS National Awards in Canberra at the start of this month. The weekend was a huge success and it was such a joy to come together with colleagues from across the country to celebrate some wonderful work. Thank you also to our sponsors ARRI, Panavison and Rosco-Leitz who hosted the really great side events over the weekend.

A huge congratulations to all our NSW member nominees and winners in numerous categories. We also had many members receiving special awards such as Megan Ogilvie receiving the John Leake OAM ACS Emerging cinematographer award, Kim Batterham ACS receiving a Life Membership Award, Erika Addis receiving the Ron Windon ACS contribution award, Bella Merlino winning the Sony Judges Award and Dominic Case being made a Honorary Member of the Society, all these recipients are thoroughly deserving.

Please find a full list of winners here:
2021 National Awards for Cinematography Winners List
I’d also like to thank David Brill AM ACS who filmed a fantastic interview with 96yr old cinematographer Dorothy Hallam, part of which was played at the beginning of the News categories on awards night. Both Dorothy and David are true inspirations and I thank you both for your contribution to our craft and society.

We recently held a live screening and Q&A of the film RAMS with Steve Arnold ACS at United Cinemas in Circular Quay. It was a most successful night and I thank Steve for sharing his experience and Ben Allan ACS CSI for interviewing Steve and recording the Q&A which you can watch here if you were unable to attend:
ACS NSW are hoping this is the first of a return to live screenings followed by Q&As.
I’m very excited to announce our special guest for the May Drop In is Andy Taylor ACS discussing his most impressive ABC doco series “Exposed: Ghost Train Fire”. This will be a popular night held on Thursday May 20th 6pm so please make sure you register on the Evenbrite link so we can manage numbers within our Covid-19 restrictions.
It’s with great sadness I learnt of the passing of ACS NSW member Butch Calderwood OAM ACS. Butch has been a great cinematographer and contributor to the ACS over many decades and a mentor to many of our members. His passing is a great loss to the society, and he will be greatly missed by many. RIP Butch and thank you on behalf of all our members for all your guidance, knowledge and huge contributions.
Stay safe everyone, continue to be vigilant, make sure you remember as things get busier to stop and smell the roses.
All the best,

Carolyn Constantine ACS
NSW ACS Branch President 
National ACS Vice President
ACS NSW March Drop In

6pm - 9pm, Thursday, 20th May, 2021 

ACS National HQ
L2, 26 Ridge Street,
North Sydney NSW 2060
ACS NSW APRIL 20th | Drop-In | AndyTaylor | Registration LINK
Guest Speaker ~ Andy Taylor ACS

Join multi award winning cinematographer Andy Taylor ACS at our National Headquarters on Thursday 20th May from 6pm. We will be taken inside his ABC-TV documentary, Exposed- Ghost Train Fire that highlights the 1979 Sydney Luna Park inferno that tragically took seven lives. Also showing the lack of transparency in the initial investigation. Bookings are essential due to Covid restrictions. 

NB:  Registrations essential as numbers are limited due to current Covid restrictions.  
ACS NSW MAY Drop-In Registration LINK

Some ACS Membership Categories were changed in a 2017 draft update to our Constitution and were put into usage before this was lodged with ASIC. 

Since then the ACS has become aware that we are required by law to use the membership categories that are lodged with the corporate regulator because they relate to corporate voting rights. 

We have also learned that there are some legal problems with the proposed new category names and so are returning to the usage of the existing category names. 

Those who are currently:

“Camera Crew” will return to be “Active” members  and
“Cinematographer” members will return to “Full”.

Many thanks to National Secretary, Ben Allan ACS CSI for providing this information.



Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President
Australian Cinematographers Society
VALE:                 Butch Calderwood OAM ACS
With enormous sadness the ACS reports the death of one of our greats, Butch Calderwood OAM ACS aged 91. Butch was the longest serving editor of Australian Cinematographer Magazine along with decades of service to both the NSW and National levels of the ACS including many years as National Treasurer. Butch left for the UK when he was 19 and became the BBC's First Film Trainee. His career allowed him to see first hand the historical events that shaped the world in the second half of the 20th Century. 

While the bulk of his career was spent with the BBC where he shot Current Affairs, Documentary and Drama. He kept returning to Australia with stints at the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel 7 Network where his final full time role was Head of the Camera Department. 

While he was comfortable mixing with kings, presidents and Hollywood royalty he was always happiest with his fellow cinematographers and crew. To the many who were lucky enough to be mentored by him, not only did he shape their careers, but he also helped shape their palate and sense of humour.

Butch's life took him to every single country on earth and as he now sets sail on the final journey to the undiscovered country we know he will be quickly finding the best restaurant, gathering some friends and telling great stories with a twinkle in his eye.
~ Rosemary Reid &
 Ben Allan ACS CSI
~  PHOTO:  Kevin Hudson ACS  

Very sad news legendary Australian cinematographer Butch Calderwood OAM ACS has passed away. A BBC cameraman in Vietnam, iconic “flower power” protests, Apollo missions, took pictures with Andy Warhol. He will be remembered by many for his kindness, skills he loved to pass on
~ Glen Coddington ACS

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