Paul-BlackwellPaul Blackwell

Actor & comedian, theatre & film

  • 11 July 1954 – 26 February 2019
  • Paul Blackwell was a well known Australian stage and screen actor based in Adelaide. He is known for his roles in Red Dog (2011) December Boys (2007), Candy (2006) The Quiet Room (1996) and Dr. Plonk. Blackwell attended the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney Australia from 1980 to 1982.
  • Obituary in Adelaide Now

annalise-braakensiekAnnalise Braakensiek

Australian model, actress, television presenter, businesswoman and activist

  • 9 December 1972 – 6 January 2019
  • Braakensiek had a successful career as a model, with some acting work, for over twenty-five years.  (Wikipedia)
  • She was an actress, known for Fat Pizza(2003), Pizza (2000) and  Accident (2000). (IMDB)
  • Annalise Braakensiek’s mum has shared details of the model’s last weeks, saying the stress of social media left her “unable to breathe”.

penny-cookPenny Cook

Australian actress, stage director, TV presenter and writer.

carmen-duncanCarmen Duncan


jimmy-hannanJimmy Hannan

Australian radio and television personality, variety show host, singer, entertainer and game show host of the 1960s and 1970s

  • 25 August 1934 – 7 January 2019
  • NFSA tribute
  • IMDB
  • From a 1964 episode of “Bandstand”, here’s Jimmy Hannan with a brief clip of his single “Beach Ball”.

Paul_NevillePaul Neville OAM

Australian politician, former NFSA Board member, cinema manager

Darius-PerkinsDarius Perkins


geoff-portmann-2Geoffrey Portmann

TV producer and academic

  • 12 April 1952 – January 2019
  • Geoff Portmann is a producer and editor, known for Mother and Son(1984). . . (IMDB)
  • He has spent over 30 years working in film and television. Starting as a film and sound editor he worked on a number of early Australian Feature films including Stork . . ..(Staff Profile, QUT)
  • IMDB
  • Facebook tribute by Helen Yeates

andrew-prowseAndrew Prowse

editor, writer and director of film and television

paul-rickettsPaul Ricketts

Narrator & Voice-over artist

ron-stewardRon Steward

Television presenter & film critic

  • 2 January1928 – 19 January 2019
  • He made regular appearances on show, Rove Live presenting a movie review
  • He has had a long involvement with the film industry since the 1940s, when he packed films and put them on the trains going out for Paramount Pictures. He retired from this job in 1991.  (Wikitubia)


dick-weightDick Weight

Art department & special effects props, feature films

  • Known for props and special effects in Mad Max – Beyond Thunderdome, Tomorrow When the War Began, The Thin Red Line, The Coca Cola Kid . . .(IMDB)
  • Artist in the Yellow House (1971)
  • Head of Props with the Sydney Theatre Company from 1997 to 2001. . .

Tony Wheeler

Documentary director

  • Known for Warriors of the Deep (1982) and other films (BFI)

 And three with a brief claim to fame in Australia:

bruno-ganzBruno Ganz

Swiss actor who starred in Gillian Armstrong’s The Last Days of Chez Nous

  • 22 March 1941 – 16 February 2019
  • a Swiss actor whose career in German-language film and television productions lasted for more than fifty years (Wikipedia)
  • Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who played Adolf Hitler in the film Downfall, has died in Zurich at the age of 77. . . (Guardian)
  • … and the famous “rant” scene from Downfall (no parody, original subtitles in English)
  • IMDB
  • “. . . the charming performance of Bruno Ganz,” David Stratton’s SBS review of Chez Nous

Dusan-MakavejevDusan Makavejev

Yugoslavia dir: Coca Cola Kid

  • 13 October 1932 – 25 January 2019
  • Radical and anarchic Serbian film-maker best known for Montenegro and WR: Mysteries of the Organism (Guardian)
  • The only member of the former Yugoslavia’s audacious cinematic waves of the 1960s to become a recognised auteur worldwide, (Sight and Sound)
  • The Coca-Cola Kidhas gone down in the folklore of the Australian film industry as a prime example of a project which looked great at the outset, but went horribly wrong in the making. (Adrian Martin)
  • IMDB

nick-roddickNick Roddick

UK cinema journalist & writer, briefly editor of Cinema Papers

  • 27 July 1945–1 January 2019
  • a journalist with a passion for the art and business of film (Sight and Sound)
  • Born in 1945, and educated at Stowe and Oxford, he became a lecturer in French at Trinity College, Dublin, and then set up a pioneering film course at Manchester University. (Derek Malcolm in The London Evening Standard)
  • Quotes and trivia in IMDB
  • Cinema Papers (scanned copies) 1986