|Message from the President.
Welcome to what will be the last ACS Tas Newsletter put together by me as your local President.
As planned, I intend to step down as Branch President at our upcoming Annual General Meeting. After 14 years in the role, it’s well and truly time for some fresh ideas, enthusiasm and insights into what the Society does at a local level. Tas Vice President Tom Waugh has kindly offered to put himself forward as a nominee to take up the reins, which is a great relief. If you have ever thought about giving it a go, or perhaps taking up a supporting role, now is the time to consider it and get in touch to nominate.
Of course, knowing that I’m finishing up has been a catalyst for some personal reflection. I was quite reluctant to take on the Tas Presidency after Paul DiBenedetto ACS stepped down back in September 2009. I’d always been more of a ‘back-room’ contributor to the Society, and preferred to stay that way. It was the (then) new National President Ron Johanson ACS that convinced me to give it a go, and I count myself as extremely fortunate to have Ron’s long tenure as the National President pretty much parallel mine in Tasmania. Ron mentored, helped and encouraged me from Day-1. He was (and still is) a passionate supporter of the smaller branches of the Society. All of us who were involved in organising the ACS National Awards for Cinematography in Hobart in 2015 know just how much work Ron did to make it the great success it ultimately was.
2015 - with National President Ron Johanson ACS OAM and Tas VP Mike Sampey. (photo - Tom Waugh)
In the last couple of years, I’ve also been greatly supported by our current National President Erika Addis. It’s been an absolute honour to work with Erika on some of the important National initiatives she is driving, like the updating of our Articles of Association, which is work I will to continue to be involved with in the months ahead. Erika is a big fan of our Branch and was a very welcome guest at our recent ‘Women Behind the Lens’ event in Hobart. Erika really helped to make it the successful event it was.
National President Erika Addis catching up with some ACS Tas members recently.
I must admit my internal drive to create and run local events has flagged a little in recent times. This year I’ve had some significant personal-life distractions and have also found it hard to get some local members to commit to doing ACS presentations, which is a shame. That said we’ve actually done some really good things in the last 12 months and there’s a ripper event coming up in late August, to coincide with our AGM - thanks to Nick Hayward and Fraser Johnston who are prepared to share their insights and experiences directing, shooting and producing the fabulous Platypus Guardian documentary that aired recently on the ABC. More on this event later in the newsletter.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all current and former ACS members who’ve been involved in Branch activities while I’ve been President. I won’t mention individuals here, for fear of omitting someone, but I have been very fortunate to have some fabulous support from people I’m proud to call true friends, as well as ACS Tas members. Thank you all.
I have no doubt the future is bright for the ACS locally and nationally and I plan to continue to contribute to the Society at both levels, albeit as a ‘back-room’ person once more!
I really hope to see as many of you as possible at our upcoming AGM on Sunday August 27th. Please make an effort to get there if you can (in person or by zoom) and consider getting involved to support our new President. I certainly will be.
Peter Curtis ACS
ACS Tas President 2009-2023.