Ted Rayment ACS

Inducted into ACS Hall of Fame – 2002

Ted Rayment started his career as a Film Trainee with the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Sydney in 1962.

During his time with the ABC he was involved in all their aspects of film and television production from news and current affairs to drama, although his main area of interest and subsequent involvement was in documentaries.

Among other things he was both director and cinematographer on the 1977/78 Antarctic expedition aboard the 57 foot yacht Solo and the cinematographer on the Journey into the Himalayas series. This earned him a reputation for taking on the more intrepid and adventurous assignments. Ted has travelled to some of the most remote and inhospitable locations on earth, including Mt. Everest and the Antarctic. He has been to the hottest (Simpson Desert), coldest (Antarctica), highest (Mt. Everest) and lowest (Dead Sea) locations on the globe. Antarctica also doubles as the driest location on earth. If Tully, in North Queensland, qualifies as the wettest (rain 360 days per year) then he has been there too. After a short stint freelancing he joined the Special Broadcasting Service in 1988 and went on to visit many of the world’s trouble spots at the time including the Middle East, Africa and Cambodia before once again going freelance in 1996. He has also acted as an industry advisor and student tutor, mentor and selector for the Australian Film, Television and Radio School on a number of occasions and as a member of the AFI Awards Advisory Committee.

Ted has been a knowledgeable Mentor to many young cinematographers and served continuously on ACS committees for over twenty years. Ted was the NSW Branch President from 1998 to 2003 and the Society’s Federal President from 2003 to 2008.

Ted was accredited by the Australian Cinematographers Society in February 1986 and holds accreditation certificate No.153. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in May 2002 and was granted Life Membership of the ACS in May 2006 in recognition of his distinguished service to the Society.