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ACS South Australian Branch


September 2021

From the Pres
SA AGM Summary
Sept 4 & 5 Free Screening Tix
MCX Screenmakers 2001

Profile - Pete Best
From the reinstated Pres

The Accreditation Application window opens September 1 and closes September 30. If you are thinking of applying for ACS Accreditation please talk to me, the SA President, soon about your application. Don't leave it until the last minute as I'm busy judging the Vic/Tas Awards as well as being Chair of Judges in SA. You can find out more about requirements for applying for accreditation here on our website.

We received 135 entries to this years SA & WA State Awards for Cinematography and judging begins really soon. Our interstate judges cannot fly in to SA due to closed borders, lockdowns and quarantining so they will be judging online via SilverTrak Media Room 3. On September 10, 11 & 12 the local judging will occur in the AMPCO theatre. I thank Richard Chataway ACS for looking after our entry quality checks and uploads to make this possible, it was nice for me to have a break from it this year.

Remember to put Saturday November 6 in your diaries for our 2021 SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography at  Royal Adelaide Golf Club with pre dinner drinks and 3 course meal. Guest of Honour is Nat Pres Ron Johanson OAM ACS - yes, hopefully in the flesh this time. MC is the wonderful Jane Doyle and music from Samantha Edge.

We've also been working on the National ACS Awards for Cinematography 2022 as we are the hosts next year. Therefore the State Awards will be held in Perth in 2022 as it's too much for our committed bunch of volunteers to run two awards in one year.

There are still a few overdue membership fees, please don't let your membership lapse, if you are have difficulty paying your dues please get in contact with our treasurer Mylene Ludgate and we'll see what can be done.
Result of SA AGM

Our AGM was held on August 18 at Citizen followed by a Chinese Banquet with just 18 members attending.  The AGM was quick and sharp with no surprises really as there were no competing positions, therefore the 21/22 committee includes:  
President: Ernie Clark ACS
 Vice Presidents: Joanne Bouzianis-Sellick & Mark Evans Secretary: Richard Back Assistant Secretary: Daniel Charlton
Treasurer: Mylene Ludgate Assistant Treasurer: Richard Back
Committee Members: Malcolm Ludgate ACS, Maxx Corkindale, Rod Bolton, Michael Tessari, David Gregan, Miles Rowland, Claire Bishop & Johanis Lyons-Reid.

I take this opportunity to thank retiring committee members David Woolford and David Tang. Wooly has been our diligent Secretary for many, many years! I said at the AGM “it will be strange holding a meeting without Wooly there!” We'll miss you Wooly. Also thanks to DTang who is not renominating this year due to work commitments. "Thanks DTang for your invaluable input and enthusiasm over the last few years. You'll be welcome back after your lay off year." But you can only have one year off!

After the AGM we were treated to some great food and drinks thanks to Elaine and the staff at CitiZen.

If any of our members have any ideas or suggestions for equipment, trade, educational or screening and Q&A nights please let one of your committee know and we'll do our best to make it happen. You can find who are on the SA Branch committee via this link.
Free Tix to The Bowraville Murders Doco

The Bowraville Murders, directed by award-winning journalist and Muruwari and Gomeroi man Allan Clarke, a feature documentary which investigates one of Australia’s worst unsolved serial murder cases, will have two special Q&A screenings on September 4 (Wallis Mt Barker) and September 5 (Wallis Mitcham) with director Allan Clarke, hosted by journalist Nancia Guivarra.    
We have 5 free double passes to both screenings. Just email me very soon which Cinema you wish tix for - first in first served.

The Bowraville Murders takes viewers on an emotional roller-coaster ride spanning 30 years as we follow the families through the carousel of courts all the way to the High Court of Australia, and extraordinary archive footage that documents the story from the time the children went missing...exactly 30 years ago.
In 1990-91 three kids disappeared from an Aboriginal Mission on the same street in Bowraville, a tiny country town in northern NSW: 16-year-old Colleen Walker-Craig, 4-year- old Evelyn Greenup, and 16-year-old Clinton Speedy-Duroux. Evelyn and Clinton’s remains were all found off the same dirt road, as were the clothes Colleen was wearing on the day she disappeared.
For 30 years the families of the murdered children have fought an epic David-versus-Goliath battle for justice, taking them from a remote Aboriginal Mission all the way to the High Court of Australia.

At the centre of this extraordinary battle and awe-inspiring endurance are the mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles of the three murdered children who are now passing the torch to the next generation.
The project is financed by SBS with support from Screen Australia and Screen NSW as well as philanthropy through the Documentary Australia Foundation. Check out the trailer

Thanks to Sue Dayes and Tracey Mair Publicity.
MCX Screenmakers 2001

With the country in various stages of lockdown, in support of content creators Australia-wide, MCX Screenmakers Conference, Lab and Market will now be delivered 100% online across three massive events over one month.

MCX Screenmakers 2021 kicks off with the two-day Conference Event 10-11 September, followed by the TV Format Lab featuring the creators of The Block on 12 September.
One month later, delegates will have incredible access to national and international market reps and speakers including AMC, Netflix, STAN, Foxtel, Roadshow, Madman, Icon, Studio Canal at the Pitch Market Day on 8 October by way of 1:1 Pitching, Industry Roundtables, or through career mentoring sessions which has flexible scheduling.

MCX Screenmakers 2021 culminates in the high-octane $20k ABC TV | iview PITCH-O-RAMA supported by AACTA, SPA and Screenworks - open to all content creators. 
Deadlines are extended for PITCH-O-RAMA and 1:1 pitches to 20 September. For those unable to join the Conference stream on 10-11 September, content will be available on demand for one month.   

Here are some invaluable links:
Website and Registration Key Information 

Social Posts:
Profile Pete Best

Let's hear from one of our long time supporters. Pete what made you expand from the music industry to work in our industry?
I got into the industry in the late 1970s, early 80s. During this time I was mixing live shows for punk bands. Then I had some studio experience with the SAFC and Street Remley Studios. Remley’s gave me a tremendous grounding and creative knowledge in sound, casting, directing and production. It was also here I met Cinematographers Mark Evans, Ernie Clark ACS and others, and I started working more on TV soundtracks.

What attracted you to the ACS?
I’ve always been a sponsor of the ACS, for around 30 years now. I was attracted to connecting with picture people, especially those who know that a great soundtrack means your pictures will shine (that may get a few people scoffing…but good directors know it’s true). The ACS has always felt more relaxed and a little whacky some times than some other clubs.

What’s the best advice you ever received?
You can paint pictures with sound that moves individuals in a very personal way!

What is a common blunder that film creators make?
Mmmm…… there are many, but what comes to my noggin is, thinking you know it all! If you work with good people and keep a strong bond with all crew, then it follows the best outcome will occur.

Are there special tricks you've learned over the years?
I’ve learnt a massive amount over the years. Having come from the analog world into the digital age most of the tricks are still from that older era. The best trick in sound is to ‘listen’ …… Pretty obvious when you think about it! Also I think you need to have fun and believe in your own creative skills.

What’s your proudest moment so far?
I’d say building the one and only privately owned Dolby approved Mixing theatre in SA would have to be up there.

Pete with studio dog Asha in his Dolby approved Mixing theatre

Have you won any awards along the way?
In my radio production days we used to clean-up in the local & national awards with internationals not far behind. The ideas, writing and production was amazing. Over the years at Best FX I’ve been lucky enough to pick up a few ACCTAs, ASSG and SASAs for film soundtracks and a bunch of local and national TV & Radio awards for sound production. Awards are nice but not the first thing I’d be thinking about when working on a project.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m getting really good at brewing beer, keeping bees and making bread!  Oh yeah….. I used to be a plumber in those punk mixing years.

Have you any advice for young people getting started in this job?
 Get to know the industry and its people. Work for free (unfortunately) for experience and listen. Being a soundy, it’s important to talk to Cinematographers and grasp their motivation. They are telling the same story but with those picture thingies…… Make mistakes and definitely get to know and understand the emotion of sound and how it can work with Cinematography.

If your intent is to make audiences feel sad, annoyed, pain, cheerful, scare the hell out of them or any other emotion, you have a strong partner in sound. It’s a bit like creating different moods with lighting for pictures, but you're using music, effects, atmos & dialogue with sound. Pic is Best FX reception area.

Thanks Pete, wise words! The ACS SA branch really appreciates your Sponsorship over so many, many years. For those who don’t know, Pete’s company Best FX has recorded the V/O and mixed the tracks for our Awards compile forever! Without support from companies like Best FX and Kojo it would be impossible for us to have such professional presentations at our Awards nights. Why not check out the BestFX website.

ACS Facebook Group

Current financial ACS members are welcome to join our Facebook group. Members can post their work, connect across states, link to events, ask for advice, and put up equipment for sale, etc. To join, follow the link below and request to join, and one of your local committee members can approve your request. If you're not a member please don't apply as we really don't want to have to reject you. Thanks.

Upcoming Dates


September 1 Accreditation Window Opens
September 6 Committee Meeting
September 10, 11 & 12 SA WA Judging @ AMPCO
September 30 Accreditation Window Closes
October 4 Committee Meeting
November 1 Committee Meeting
November 6 41st SA & WA Awards for Cinematography @ Royal Adelaide Golf Course
December 6  Committee Meeting
December 14 Christmas Drinks

February 7 Committee Meeting
March 7 Committee Meeting
April 4 Committee Meeting
April 30 52nd National ACS Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide
May 2 Committee Meeting
June 7 Committee Meeting
July 5 Committee Meeting
August 1 - 21 Awards Entry Window
August 16 SA AGM & fun night.
September 1 Accreditation Window Opens
September 6 Committee Meeting
September 30 Accreditation Window Closes
October 4 Committee Meeting
November 1 Committee Meeting
November 5 42nd SA & WA Awards for Cinematography in Perth venue TBC

December 5  Committee Meeting
December 12 Christmas Drinks

South Australia Gold Sponsors
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South Australia Silver Sponsors
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South Australia Bronze Sponsorship is available

National Major Sponsor
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National Platinum Sponsors
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National Gold Sponsors
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National ACS CineKids Sponsor
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National Bronze Sponsors
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National Supporters
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South Australian Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
C/- PO Box 278, NORMANVILLE, SA 5204

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