Vale – Andy Ciddor March 2024

Andy Ciddor, a long time ACS member, Tasmanian ACS committee member and a respected figure in the fields of technology and production, peacefully passed away on March 30th, by his choice through the Tasmanian Voluntary Assisted Dying program.  He had bravely battled stage-four bile duct cancer.

His career spanned over five decades, marked by a strong commitment to innovation and mentorship.

Andy’s passion for technical pursuits emerged early in life, leading him to explore a wide range of disciplines, from electrics and lighting to broadcast and information technologies. He worked on programs like Hey Hey It’s Saturday at GTV9 and then in Perth worked at STW9.

Andy (left) working the lighting desk

An accomplished educator, Andy played a significant role in shaping the next generation of industry professionals. He was instrumental in developing the Theatre Arts Lighting and Sound course at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and co-founding the Australian Lighting Industry Association. Additionally, his advocacy for industry standards and sustainability initiatives, such as the milliWatts program.

As a journalist and editor, Andy made substantial contributions to publications like AV Technology magazine and served as the founding editor of AV Asia Pacific Magazine, which he ran for over 7 years. His work provided valuable insights and guidance to practitioners worldwide. Yet, his most enduring legacy lies in the relationships he cultivated through his jovial demeanour and great conversation.

Andy is survived by his partner Val, children Rivka, Lachlan, Priscila, Rhian, and Greg, as well as grandsons Atticus and Elijah.

A commemorative event will be held on Sunday May 12th from 2pm at the Irene Mitchell Studio, St Martins Theatre, South Yarra and on the 17th May from 2.30pm at the Founders Room, Level 2, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, offering colleagues, friends, and industry peers an opportunity to honour his life and contributions.

In remembering Andy Ciddor, the broader entertainment industry mourns the loss of a respected pioneer, mentor and friend who will be deeply missed.

Andy (second from right) at a 360° capture event run a few years ago with ACS Tasmania and Wide Angle Tasmania