Kim Batterham ACS
Inducted into ACS Hall of Fame – 2022
Kim Batterham ACS has been a director of photography for decades and has worked across many genres including feature films, mini-series, TV series, independent dramas and documentary.
He has been recognised for the high standard of his work by his many awards, which include Cinematographer of the Year 2000, an AFI for Best Cinematography in 2001 and recognition of his portrait work hung by the National Photographic Portrait gallery in 2009. He was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his services to Australian society and Australian film production.
Kim joined the NSW Branch of the ACS in 1979 and was Accredited in 1997 with Accredited number 242. In 2010 he was selected as the Head of Cinematography at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where he has excelled in setting even higher standards of teaching. His practical knowledge and on set experience as a Director of Photography has enabled him to guide the paths of numerous students as they begin their new journey.
Known for his passion and innovation, highlights from his work include the series First Australians, 2nd unit Director of Photography on Master and Commander, the feature One Night the Moon, The Widower, The Potato Factory and many others.
The Society recognises Kim for not only his cinematography achievements but his integrity and those values that enrich the experience of engaging with him. He is a person of principles, but also one who has the capacitv to engage across all spheres of cinematography and our industry. The knowledge he brings to the growth of aspiring cinematographers is immeasurable.
Apart from his time consuming duties as Head of Cinematography at our National Film School, Kim is always actively engaged and makes himself available for discussion or interviews with leading Australian cinematographers and often visiting international cinematographers. His work in this area frequently enables direct access for members or students who may otherwise find difficulty in approaching these very experienced practitioners of our profession.
The Society welcomes our 2021 Life Member; and now ACS Hall of Fame inductee; Kim Batterham ACS.