ACS Tasmania Stalwart David Hudspeth with friends on Macquarie Island.
Another National Award highlight for the Tasmania Branch came when long-time member David Hudspeth was granted Life Membership of the Society. This was in recognition of the significant contribution Dave has made, not just to the Society, but to the Australian Film and Television industry as a whole. Dave’s capacity to put others ahead of himself and to always look at the bigger picture was also acknowledged in bestowing him with this honour.
Those of us who’ve had the pleasure of working with David in Tasmania and Victoria know what a great ambassador, collaborator and mentor, he’s been. It’s hard to think of anyone more deserving. Quite simply David is a cinematographer of the highest integrity: conscientious, supportive and a great contributor to the ACS since he joined in the early 1980’s. Dave served on the Victorian committee for many years before he returned to Tasmania where he was the loyal, reliable, and diligent Secretary /Treasurer for countless years, in support of Tas President Peter Curtis ACS.
David Hudspeth receives his ACS Life Membership from National ACS President Erica Addis. (photo Sam Oster)
Dave was deeply honoured to have his service to the ACS recognised. When receiving his Life Membership certificate Dave said “ The ACS has a vital role in fostering cinematography in all genres; recognising excellence, and sharing information and experience. It has been great to see the ACS working to become more diverse and representative of our creative communities. Our organisation relies on the efforts of volunteers. It has been a privilege to be able to contribute as an office bearer. “
David Hudspeth accepting Life Membership from the Society. (photo Pawel Achtel ACS)
Since retiring and moving back to Melbourne, Dave has concentrated on campaigning for greater climate action in his local area. No doubt he's taking on that role with the same passion, determination and commitment he showed the ACS and the Broadcast Industry for over four decades!