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ACS South Australian Branch


Xmas Drinks Bookings Close Soon!
Sony Burano Event!
Introducing our newest Bronze Sponsor!

Member Profile Carolyn Corkindale

The annual ACS Christmas end-of-year meetup is happening soon! It's a really casual get together to chat about the year, see friends, and win sweet Door Prizes! There is finger food and FREE DRINKS!

WHEN: Monday 11th December 2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
WHERE: Colonist Hotel, 44 The Parade, Norwood
WHO: Financial ACS Members only

If you do book and find you can't make it PLEASE cancel your booking or
send an email to our President Richard Back, letting him know, as it really helps with the catering costs!

Sony’s brand new camera, the BURANO, is coming to Adelaide!

Join Sony and local ACS sponsor ProAV Solutions at their in-person event for an exclusive walk-through of the Sony CineAlta BURANO. Participants will have the opportunity for a hands-on experience and really get the feel for the new 8.6K Full Full Frame camera.

Presented by Sony's Product Specialist, Heath McKinley.

A key features presentation + Q&A by Heath, providing an in depth look at not only the new BURANO but also the VENICE 2 & RIALTO 2!

Food and drinks provided.

Date: Tuesday 5th December
5pm arrival for a 5.30pm start
Pro AV Solutions. SA Showroom
247 Greenhill Road



The SA branch of the ACS has a new Bronze sponsor!

Introducing Larry's Camera Hire!

Larry's is your local, semi-professional / semi-backyard camera hire shop, located just a couple minutes from the Adelaide CBD.  They offer production equipment for both stills and video shoots including Sony FX9, FS7 and A7R iii hire. As full time shooters themselves, they offer knowledge on all the gear they offer and also understand the needs of those working in the industry.

And as a SPECIAL OFFER to all ACS members, Larry's is giving 10% off on the rental of their exclusive Lighting/Gaffer dry hire van rental!
It's a van you rent that comes full of lighting gear! You just drive it out the door!

Here are the details:


Larry's Lighting Van Package - $800/day - ACS members 10% Off!

Larry’s Lighting Van Package has been designed to cover a large variety of shooting requirements.

As the first gaffer / lighting van package available to dry hire in Adelaide we are offering it at the introductory ACS members price of $720/day (Day price includes GST + Insurance) allowing more SA DP’s to experience the value and convenience of our lighting / grip package.

Find all the details and what is in the van here:


The SA branch of the ACS has Instagram now!

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We're also featuring content from all our local ACS members, so tag us in your work!

Hi Carolyn!


What inspired you to pursue this career/pathway in film?
I’ve been writing and creating all my adult life, but I only got drawn to screen in the late 1990s when I needed to share visions and ideas beyond the theatre. At Flinders Uni, where I worked as a researcher, I wrote scripts to use in projects with young people, but I needed to hire filmmakers to make these stories portable.

Tell us about one of your early films.
I shot a POV lived experience story about a young man involved in unplanned teenage pregnancy titled “If I were Ben”, which was used in schools in SA and has been replicated with an Irish cast in Belfast and Dublin. Certainly a proud moment for me.

When did you decide to take it to the next level?
It was only in 2012 that I had an epiphany, driving down Hutt Street actually, that I wanted to get creative again and that meant screen. My son Maxx had a wonderful and fruitful time at MAPS film school 6 or 7 years previously and I thought, why not me! So I applied and from 2014-15 made films non-stop and friendships that I carry forward to this day. I concentrated on production, direction and camera and ever since I’ve worked closely with Rebecca Duncker and sometimes Maxx on visual storytelling.

What is your history when it comes to creative arts?

I began by writing and directing musical documentary dramas, within a community school environment. This involved researching and taking oral histories and then converting all this into a script. I wrote song lyrics too, which was fun! I’ve found this experience wonderful more recently when it came to making film documentaries. But first, after MAPS, I imagined and created seven short film dramas and then after discovering interesting local histories, moved on to feature length ‘period piece’ documentaries, including The Magic of Auchendarroch and What are We Fighting For, the personal experiences of those South Australians who protested against conscription and the Vietnam war.

What are you currently working on?
I’m on my third documentary now, working with Maxx and Bonnie Paku, and Sam Matthews involved in the edit. Its early days, but I love having a project to work on and bring to life on the screen. The film is about a former dancer and now wood sculptor, risen from poverty in Paris, who is a magnetic character and we continue to collect his stories, current and archival, to build an artistic and creative biopic.  The title will probably be “Let it Dance”.


I understand you direct more than just films?
Yes, I’m also the director of the Fleurieu Film Festival, which is fun, because I like managing events and encouraging early career filmmakers. We always get lots of entries, but it’s always a bit of a financial struggle putting it all together!

What has been your biggest success so far?
I’ve had some proud moments and getting my first selection in the Fleurieu Film Festival back in 2016 was a huge thrill. I also had SASA nominations for “The Silent Song” and “Future Harvest”, and now a feature doco, “What are We Fighting For”, (co-created with Christine Belford), is about to screen at the Adelaide Film Festival. That’s certainly a peak moment in my filming life so far!

It takes a lot of time and energy pulling a production together, yet you still enjoy the process?
Yes, what I love about working in the industry (I’m an SA Indie…) is the group collaboration that makes it happen. Out on the location or set, with a team of people is the best! Gathering people together to make those carefully chosen locations work, whether up a steep hill, at night in the rain or in a small carefully dressed room, is challenging but satisfying. It brings to life all those envisioned dreamt about stories going through in my head, in my shot list and on my story board.

What’s the best part of the film making process?
I have enjoyed building a cast and crew and I believe that creating a cohesive group and avoiding potential frictions are major keys to making a successful film, as well as feeding people well and knowing when to call wrap for the day.

Any regrets along the way?

If I could wind back the clock, I’d love to have been able to go to AFTRS and also be physically strong enough to wield a camera, but no, I have no regrets as I have done lots of other things! We came to Australia with three small children when I was 40 and over here I’m having a great second life!


Upcoming Dates

December 4 - Committee Meeting
December 5 - Sony Burano event at PRO AV Solutions
December 11 - 6pm Annual SA ACS Christmas Get Together @ Colonist Hotel

February 5 - 1st SA Committee Meeting for the year
February ? - How To Shoot IMAX event
May 4 - 54th National ACS Awards for Cinematography in Queensland 
July 1 to 14 - SA ACS Emerging Cinematographer Submission Window
August 1 to 21 - Awards Entry Window
August ?? - Branch General Meeting
September 1 to 21 - Accreditation Application window 
September ? to ? - 43rd SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography Judging
October - Accreditation Assessments

Oct/Nov - 44th Annual SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography
November ?? - National AGM via Zoom
December ?? - Annual SA ACS Christmas Get Together

55th Annual National ACS Awards for Cinematography in Victoria
56th Annual National ACS Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide

South Australia Platinum Sponsor
Pro AV Solutions logo

South Australia Gold Sponsors
Best FX logo        Kojo logo        Picture Hire Australia logo        Stepney Studios logo

South Australia Silver Sponsor
Digital Pigeon logo

South Australia Bronze Sponsor
Sponsor ACS SA logo

South Australia Supporter
AADC logo

National Major Sponsor
Creamsource logo

National Platinum Sponsors
Black Magic Design logo        Canon logo        Cutting Edge logo        Panasonic logo        Panavision logo
Sony logo

National Gold Sponsors
AFTRS logo        Aputure logo        ARRI Australia logo        Atlas Lens Co. logo        C R Kennedy logo
EIZO logo        Fujifilm Australia logo        Leitz Cine Wetzlar logo        Lemac logo        Miller Australia logo
Nikon logo        Rosco logo        Showreel Finder logo        SUNSTUDIOS logo        The Grainery logo
VA Hire logo        Well Above logo

National Silver Sponsor
Shotdeck logo

National Bronze Sponsors
Camerahire logo        Cinesure Global logo        Kino Flo Lighting Systems logo        Nanlux logo        RED logo
Shotclass logo        Sydney Event Services logo        TecArt logo

National Supporters
AACTA logo        Black Bishop logo        MPIBS logo        NFSA logo

South Australian Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
PO Box 212, KENT TOWN, SA 5071

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