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March was a busy month for the ACS in Tasmania.  First was the David Brill AM ACS documentary screening / Q&A.  Then In the last couple of weeks we've held two further well-attended events in Hobart.  Launceston will also join in this Tuesday with Peter Harmsen and Peter Curtis reprising their presentations from last week in Hobart. 

After that we have documentary DP's Frederique Olivier and Lara van Raay, scheduled for April 12.  See below for details.  Then there will be a short break over the Easter period, through to the National Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide at the end of the month.  Good luck to local members Joshua Lamont ACS, Tim Noonan and Joe Shemesh  who are all nominees, having won Gold Awards at the Vic/Tas State Awards last November. 

Katie Milwright ACS was our special guest on the 25th March.  It was very kind of Katie to take time out from her busy shooting schedule for the comedy/drama series 'Deadloch'.  Katie was down to earth, friendly and engaging.  This very successful event was run in conjunction with WIFT and Wide Angle Tasmania. I have to thank ACS/WIFT member Lara van Raay for approaching Katie and driving this event along.  Highlights were viewing some of Katie's impressive work, listening to her discuss her career  path,  and hearing her explain her approach to daily work on the projects she works on.  Katie was simply inspiring and very easy to talk with.  She was very generous with her time and many stayed on afterward to chat informally with Katie  over nibbles and drinks.

Katie Milwright ACS with a very attentive audience in Hobart.

Last Wednesday local members Peter Harmsen and Peter Curtis ACS made a joint presentation in Hobart.  Harmo screened some of his stunning water based cinematography, captured aboard everything from storm-smashed Sydney to Hobart yachts , to the decks of a giant Ice Breaker smashing through pack-ice in coastal Antarctica.  Pete's breathtaking shots spoke for themselves, but his verbal presentation turned out to be just as good!  We got a great insight into how he captures such great results, while working with all sorts of camera gear in forever rolling and pitching conditions.

Peter Harmsen with his trusty Ronin rig aboard the RSV Nuyina in Antarctica.

After that yours-truly rambled through his long career with the ABC, and reflected on the the things I feel make good broadcast cinematographers.  I also showed some snippets of work I've shot through the years and expressed how fortunate I've been to be handed some pretty amazing opportunities over 4 decades.

Event caterer and presenter Peter Curtis ACS.  Photo David Brill AM ACS.

Harmo and I look forward to sharing the same presentation with our colleagues in Launceston TOMORROW (Tuesday 5th April) - 6 to 9pm in the Boardroom at 7 Studios in Watchorn Street, Launceston. I also hope to see plenty of you back in hobart on the 12th for the Christmas Island documentary special with Fred and Lara.  It will be a really good one I reckon.

Peter Curtis ACS
ACS Tasmanian Branch President.


Frederique and Lara have recently returned from a couple of months shooting on Christmas island.

Fred was working as DOP, for two different programs, capturing the famous Red-crab migration. One for Disney+  called Great Migrations and one for Netflix called Our Planet on the Move. 

Lara's shoot was linked to Fred's project and also involved the crab migration, but was more of a 'Behind the Scenes' film that featured the way the Christmas Island community interacts and works around the annual crab migration.
Frederique Olivier working along the coastline of Christmas Island. (Photo: Lara Van Raay)
For the first program they filmed the spectacle of adult crabs migrating to spawn. The second program featured the spawning itself, which takes place at night, and  later on, as the tiny 2mm crab babies return from the sea to climb back up to the top of the island.

Fred and Lara will discuss the challenges of their respective shoots.  Lara writes 'Fred and I have worked together on many projects - sometimes we're shooting together, sometimes I am directing or producing and Fred is shooting and sometimes I am shooting Fred!
It goes without saying that I've become a great admirer or Fred over the years and have seen her work in all sorts of circumstances, but it was while I was working with her in her element of wildlife filmmaking that I truly saw how incredibly talented she is.
While Fred was hired by Plimsoll to shoot the crab migration, I was also employed by them to shoot  behind the scenes vison of Fred and how the crabs and the town live together.
It was a most challenging shoot physically, due to the heat and the mosquitoes and long days, but it was also by far the best thing I have had the privilege of doing in my career to date
Lara van Raay (L) and Frederique Olivier (R) working together on Christmas Island.  


 Date: Tuesday 12th April, 2022
Time: 5:30 - 8:00pm 

Venue: Wide Angle Tasmania, 6 Washington Street, South Hobart

Info: This event is co-hosted by Wide Angle Tasmania.  It's FREE. 
Some food and beverages will be provided. 

Numbers will be capped at 50, therefore RSVP's are required. 

Click here to book for Frederique Olivier and Lara van Raay

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