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The Quarterly Journal of the Australian Cinematographers Society

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Australian Cinematographer Magazine blazes a trail into film's future without neglecting the occasional glance in the rear vision mirror. A publication that ordains cinematography's heroes in print, brings the industry's characters to life in colour, and captures the essence of what it means to be a cinematographer in the modern world. Australian Cinematographer Magazine; the most essential thing in your kit.

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ISSUE 82 - June 2019

What's in this Issue?

Lambs of God, the new Australian television drama series coming to Foxtelís Showcase, was adapted from Marele Dayís novel of the same name about three eccentric nuns living
on a secluded and remote island. Forgotten by time and the Catholic Church they are forced to defend their way of life when a priest, Father Ignatius, unwittingly finds them. An epic gothic drama ensues about love, faith and redemption.

The director behind Lambs of God, Jeffrey Walker, had previously worked with cinematographer Don McAlpine ACS ASC on the film Aliís Wedding in 2017. McAlpine is a legend in cinematography circles, having been behind such beloved and revered films as My Brilliant Career (1979), Breaker Morant (1980), Predator (1987), Patriot Games (1992), Mrs Doubtfire (1993), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge! (2001), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Dressmaker (2015) among many others.

Brazilís new president, Jair Bolsonaro, is cracking down on rampant crime, but many fear the ĎTrump of the Tropicsí is turning his country into a dangerous police state.
Reporter Sally Sara, along with cameramen Greg Nelson and Matt Davis, travel to Rio de Janeiro for the ABCís Foreign Correspondent.

Breaking Badís RJ Mitte stars in a charming Australian romantic comedy about a loner with cerebral palsy roped into helping a friend overcome her shyness.
Premiering at the Sydney Film Festival this month, award-winning cinematographer Mark Bliss ACK is behind the camera on Standing Up for Sunny.

With new characters, shocking twists and unexpected turns, season three of the Logie and AACTA winning ABC and Netflix paranormal drama series Glitch will keep viewers on the edge of their seats
for one final epic chapter.
Cinematographer Aaron McLisky chats to us about his time behind the camera.

Written and directed by Luke Sullivan and shot by cinematographer Ryan Barry-Cotter, the unique Reflections in the Dust is the chronicle of a relationship between a paranoid schizophrenic clown and his blind daughter.
We speak with both the director and cinematographer of this highly-original,
independent Australian feature film.

New Zealand feature film Blue Moon is a twisty, real-time thriller from writer/director Stefen Harris nimbly staged and shot entirely on iPhone by cinematographer Ryan OíRourke within and around a Motueka petrol station in the wee small hours of the morning.

ISSUE 81 - March 2019

What's in this Issue?

A beautiful and contemporary re-telling of Colin Thieleís classic Australian tale, Storm Boy sees award-winning cinematographer Bruce Young ACS, behind the camera.

Greig Fraser ACS ASC brings his eye to the darkly satirical, political biopic Vice, the story of the remarkably
powerful and uncharismatic former Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney..

Retired detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) revisits key moments from a haunting murder/kidnapping case from thirty five years earlier. True Detective returns for a third season with Australian cinematographer Germain McMicking ACS.

Starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer Hotel Mumbai is the true story of the 2008 Taj Hotel terrorist attack. Shot by cinematographer Nick Remy Matthews ACS, people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families.

When a Nigerian boy becomes displaced by war he is forced to integrate into Australian society. We sit down for a conversation with cinematographer Calum Stewart about shooting the breathtaking new film Akoni for writer/director Genna Chanelle Hayes.

HBO Asia launches new 1800s set original series Grisse, with Australian cinematographer Wade Muller HKSC behind the camera.

ISSUE 80 - December 2018

What's in this Issue?

Come along with Australian Cinematographer Magazine as we visit the magical world of Mary Poppins Returns with the filmís Academy Award-winning cinematographer Dione Beebe ACS ASC.

Set within the intensely secretive world of intelligence and top-secret US/Australia joint defence facility in central Australia, ABC/Netflix spy-thriller Pine Gap, from director Mat King and cinematographer Geoffrey Hall ACS, delves into the famously and sometimes contentiously strong alliance between our two countries.

The disappearance of a baby from a small coastal town in Australia is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young couple. Come behind-the-scenes on the production of BBC Oneís outstanding new four-part miniseries The Cry, with cinematographer Sam Chiplin.

Set against the backdrop of Saigon in the 1980s, an unlikely bond forms between an underground debt collector and a Vietnamese opera performer. Los Angeles-based Australian Cinematographer Bob Nguyen brings director Leon Leís Song Lang brilliantly to life on the silver screen.

Directed by Russell Mulcahy (Razorback, Highlander, The Shadow) and shot by acclaimed cinematographer Peter Holland ACS (Gabriel, Seal Team Six, StartUp) In Like Flynn is the Australian biographical film about the early life of Errol Flynn.

After years in exile, brothers Jamar (Ario Bayu) and Suwo (Yoshi Sudarso), return to Dutch colonial Java to avenge the death of their Sultan father. 19th-century western Buffalo Boys shot by cinematographer John Radel ACS and directed by Mike Wiluan, has been selected as Singaporeís entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

After his men are killed in Myanmar, a lone soldier returns home. Filmed in the Queensland Rainforest by Australian Cinematographer Wade Muller HKSC, action-thriller Escape and Evasion sees that soldier hiding
a dark secret and, confronted by an unrelenting journalist, is forced to face the ghosts of his past.

Australia now produces one third of the worldís IMAX Films. Cinematographers Richard Fitzpatrick ACS, Casper Mazzotti, Nick Robinson and Jon Shaw have been pioneers in this resurgence of wildlife
film making.

ISSUE 79 - September 2018

What's in this Issue?

LADIES IN BLACK - Peter James ACS ASC is known for his work on Meet the Parents, Maoís Last Dancer, Double Jeopardy, Driving Miss Daisy and Black Robe. James is a proud accredited member of the Australian Cinematographers Society and American Society of Cinematographers, as well as being a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and four-time recipient of the ACS Milli Award for Cinematographer of the Year. The much-anticipated Ladies in Black marks the thirteenth collaboration between the cinematographer and legendary Australian director Bruce Beresford. By Velinda Wardell ACS and Meredith Emmanuel.

MYSTERY ROAD - Detective Jay Swan is assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of two mention a remote Outback cattle station. Come behind-the-scenes on the ABCís compellingMystery Road series with cinematographer Mark Wareham ACS. By James Cunningham.

ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS- Christmas Islandís migrating crabs and political detainees intersect in cinematic fashion for the
Tribeca Film Festivalís Best Documentary Award-winner Island of the Hungry Ghosts,
shot by acclaimed cinematographer Michael Latham. By James Cunningham.

PIN CUSHION - A mother hopes that a move to a new town will provide a better life for both herself and her
awkward daughter. Nicola Daley ACS is behind the lens on the heart-warming, complex
mother-daughter study Pin Cushion. By Harry Stranger and Meredith Emmanuel.

WEST OF SUNSHINE - A father has less than one day to pay back a debt to a violent loan shark, while looking after his young son. We speak to cinematographer Thom Neal about shooting the moving new Australian drama West of Sunshine .By Vanessa Abbott.

CHASING COMETS - Wagga Wagga is an iconic Australian country town that loves its sport, but finds itself divided over its loyalty for rival codes AFL and NRL. With only three weeks pre-production prior to a four-week shoot, Adam Howden ACS skillfully lenses the new Australian feature film Chasing Comets starring Dan Ewing and Isabel Lucas. By Slade Phillips and James Cunningham.

ISSUE 78 - June 2018

What's in this Issue?

Breath - Set in 1970s coastal Australia, two teenage boys hungry for discovery form an unlikely friendship with an older, enigmatic surfer who pushes them to take risks that have lasting and profound impacts on their lives. Based on Tim Wintonís international bestselling novel, Breath is lensed by award-winning Cinematographer Marden Dean and was directed by Simon Baker. By James Cunningham.

The Handmaidís Tale -.Looking bloodier and more harrowing than ever, The Handmaidís Tale is back for a second season. Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, the series is set in a totalitarian society ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as a property of the state. Faced with environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate, the award-winning series returns with Australian cinematographer ZoŽ White behind the camera. Interview by Dash Wilson.

Riot - With two-time Milli Award-winning Cinematographer Martin McGrath ACS (Murielís Wedding) behind the camera, ABC telemovie Riot shines a spotlight on key events in Australiaís gay and lesbian civil rights movement of the 1970s. By James Cunningham.

One Less God - The Mumbai terror attacks of 2008 shocked a nation, and the world. Inspired by these events, and shot by award-winning cinematographer Ashley Barron, One Less God tackles the tragedy head-on, picking up multiple awards along the way. Interview by Heidi Tobin.

Brothers' Nest - A gripping dark comedy surrounds the unravelling of two brothersí plans to commit a murder. From Director Clayton Jacobson and Cinematographer Peter Falk ACS, Brothersí Nest is featured at this yearís Sydney Film Festival. By Peter Falk ACS. by James Cunningham.

Blue World Order - Filmed in the nationís capital Blue World Order sees a post-apocalyptic world where a man is desperate to protect his daughter, the last remaining child on the planet. Cinematographer Robb Shaw-Velzen ACS takes us behind-the-scenes on his first feature. By Robb Shaw-Velzen ACS.

ISSUE 77 - March 2018

What's in this Issue?

Sweet Country
Warwick Thornton and Dylan River chat to Australian Cinematographer Magazine about taking audiences to Alice Springs for their new film Sweet Country. By Meredith Emmanuel and David Heuring.

Ensconced in her sprawling California mansion, firearms fortune heiress Sarah Winchester (Academy Award-winner, Dame Helen Mirren) is visited by the souls of those killed by her late husbandís rifle. Directed by the Spierig Brothers, and shot by Ben Nott ACS, Winchester invites us inside the most haunted house in the world. By James Cunningham.

Friday On My Mind
This landmark two-part miniseries tells the story of five young newly-arrived immigrants who met in a Sydney hostel in the Sixties and formed a band that would take Australian rock Ďní roll to the world. Lensed by Simon Chapman ACS, Friday On My Mind is the story of The Easybeats. By James Cunningham.

No Activity
Television series No Activity takes cinematographer Judd Overton (That Sugar Film) from a
dark basement in Sydney to the bright lights of Hollywood. By Harry Stranger and Judd Overton.

The School
When a doctor looking for her missing child awakens to find herself in an abandoned school, she must face her own demons if she is to discover the truth about where her son is.Shot by cinematographer Aaron McLisky, supernatural-thriller The School is a claustrophobic and haunting film. By James Cunningham.

ISSUE 76 - December 2017

What's in this Issue?

Wide Open Spaces - Cinematographer Mandy Walker ACS ASC infuses intimacy and scale for Director Hany Abu-Assad's survival story The Mountain Between Us. by Meredith Emmanuel.

Hate Crime - Picking up twenty-five years after Geoffrey Wright's 1992 film, new Stan television series Romper Stomper, shot by Bonnie Elliott ACS follows a new generation of Australian far right activists. by Bonnie Elliott ACS.

Baby On Board - Judd Overton chats to Australian Cinematographer about shooting the new ABC series The Letdown. by Meredith Emmanuel.

Rebel Rebel - Set within the primal underworld of Australia's outlaw motorcycle gangs, Stephen McCallum's debut feature 1%, shot by Shelley Farthing-Dawe (Pawno), recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. interview by James Cunningham.

Dangerous Games - After a series of murders bearing all the markings of a familiar killer, detectives find themselves chasing the ghost of a man who has been dead for over a decade. With Ben Nott ACS behind the lens on Jigsaw, they become embroiled in a new game that's only just begun. by James Cunningham.

Shooting Star - Andrew Conder ACS SOC catches his breath after wrapping a whirlwind first season of the new Australian fantasy series The Bureau of Magical Things.
by Sam Cleveland

ISSUE - 75 September 2017

What's in this Issue?

Stayin' Alive - Daniel Radcliffe joins Wolf Creek Director Greg McLean in the Bolivian rainforest for the tense survival thriller Jungle, shot by award-winning cinematographer Stefan Duscio. Interview by Hemma Kearney.

Rap Sheet - We talk to Peter Menzies Jr. ACS about filming the much-anticipated All Eyez on Me, the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. By James Cunningham.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Shot across Europe by Sydney-based Cinematographer Jules O'Loughlin ACS ASC, the world's top bodyguard (Ryan Reynold) gets a new client, a hit man (Samuel L. Jackson) who, against great odds, must testify at the International Court of Justice in The Hitman's Bodyguard. Interview by Dan Freene ACS.

The Light Fantastic - Milli Award-winning Abraham Joffe follows the world's best photographers, around the world in Tales by Light, as they push the limits of their craft. By Corey Hague.

China Syndrome - When the dead body of a girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer. Jane Campion returns with a second season of her acclaimed Top of the Lake miniseries, with Cinematographer Germain McMicking behind the camera on Top of the Lake: China Girl. By James Cunningham.

ISSUE 74 - June 2017

What's in this Issue?

Colombian Connection - Award-winning James L Brown ACS travels to the urban jungles of Colombia to help bring a deeply personal story, Killing Jesķs, to the screen. Story and interview by James Cunningham.

Horror Show - Shot by Toby Oliver ACS and premiering at the Sundance Film Festival early this year, Get Out, an interracial horror film, has received universal acclaim from critics and has become the highest-grossing debut film based on an original screenplay in Hollywood history. By Hawkins DuBois.

Troubled Waters - When a celebrated artist begins an affair with a nightclub ownerís wife, her husbandís suspicions soon explode... before he ends up at the bottom of a lake. Indigo Lake is the third feature film from cinematographer Rodrigo Vidal Dawson (Observance, Skin Deep). By Rodrigo Vidal Dawson.

Live To Tell - Mark Wareham ACS films the true story of a landmark legal case against the Anglican Church and the sexual abuse survivor in Queensland, who found the courage to speak out. Featuring Jack Thompson and Rachel Griffiths, the award-winning Donít Tell hits cinemas this month. Interview by James Cunningham.

Magic Dance - Four years after the last season of Emmy-nominated ABC television series Dance Academy, cast and crew alike reunite for a drama-filled feature film shot by Martin McGrath ACS. Interview by Jenna McMahon.

Man Oí War - Itís all hands on deck as blockbuster cinematographer Paul Cameron ASC takes the helm for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on the Gold Coast for the fifth chapter in the mammoth Disney series. By David Alexander Willis.

Last Quarter - ISSUE 73 - March 2017

What's in this Issue?

One Take Wonder - In Australiaís first single-take feature film, Watch the Sunset, a man comes to grips with the power of his past when his estranged family becomes entangled in its web. The filmís Cinematographer and Co-Producer, Damien Lipp, discusses the film with Australian Cinematographer. Interview by James Cunningham.

Nigel Bluck - From shooting Stickmen in New Zealand in 2000, winning the AFI Award for Best Cinematography for Home Song Stories in 2007, and lensing the second season of HBOís True Detective in 2015, Nigel Bluck talks to Australian Cinematographer about his body of work. Interview by Lindsay Coleman.

Culturally Appropriate - Born on Thursday Island and raised in the Torres Strait, Murray Lui is recognised as the first professional Torres Strait Islander cinematographer. He has worked with the ABC and SBS on programs including The Family Law, Rosehaven and Jacob, which won him an ACS Gold Tripod in 2009. Australian Cinematographer sits down to talk with Lui in Townsville. Interview by Corey Hague.

A Touch of Immortality - The award-winning Kieran Fowler takes us behind the scenes on his latest feature film, Skinford, a story about a British con-artist who uncovers the opportunity of a lifetime whilst digging his own grave. By Kieran Fowle

Go West - In the summer of 1987, Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings) is abducted by serial killer couple John and Evelyn White (Stephen Curry and Emma Booth). With escape seeming impossible, she attempts to drive a wedge between them in an effort to survive. Cinematographer Michael McDermott lenses Hounds of Love in Western Australia. By Michael McDermott.

The Artist - With over seventy-five feature films to his name, countless awards from both the ACS (including Induction into our Hall of Fame) and the ASC (including their Lifetime Achievement Award) and an Oscar... we speak with the Academy Award-winning Dean Semler AM ACS ASC to learn about what inspires him and how he taps into his abundant creativity. Interview by Elizabeth Bonney.

And much more...

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