15 June 1940 – Nov 2021
Director of National Film Theatre of Australia, film distributor
- Gowland was educated at Sydney Boys High School. He studied history at Sydney University and joined the University Film Group where he met his future wife Pat Ferguson. He failed his first-year exams after vigorously disputing the faculty’s interpretation of history, and he never returned to university. (SMH obituary)
- He worked for an insurance company, for a film processing company, and then for legal publishers Butterworths. He later became a founding member of the National Film Theatre and was its first director for nine years. (CPA “The Guardian” obituary)
- Tribute in AMOHG Facebook group by Graham Shirley
- NFSA holds OH interviews by Graham Shirley and Richard Keys.
4 January 1937 – 26 January 2022
Indigenous activist, politician, film actress
- In 1951, Kunoth was 14 and staying at St Mary’s Hostel in Alice Springs when the filmmakers Charles and Elsa Chauvel recruited her to play the title role in their 1955 film Jedda. (Wikipedia)
- From 1977, worked as an activist on behalf of her people in the Northern Territory. (IMDB)
- In 1993 she was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia for her services to Indigenous Australia. In 2015 she was named Northern Territorian of the Year, was a finalist for Australian of the Year, and was awarded Naidoc Person of the Year during the Naidoc Week celebrations. (The Guardian obituary).
- The family of Rosalie Kunoth-Monks have paid tribute to the Arrernte and Anmatjere woman who dedicated her life to the fight for Aboriginal justice and equality. (SBS obituary)
- Australian Biography (30 min video): The Film Australia Collection. Made by Film Australia 1995. Directed by Frank Heimans.
- NFSA holds an OH interview conducted by Ros Bowden
7 August 1944 – 20 August 2021
- Serge Lazareff was born on August 7, 1944 in Shanghai, China. He is known for A Country Practice (1981), 1915 (1982) and Dynasty (1969). (IMDB)
- Since the late 1980s he has worked primarily as writer and script editor for TV series including Heartbreak High, Water Rats, All Saints and Home and Away. (Wikipedia)
ANDY LLOYD JAMES
13 Feb 1944 – 28 Jan 2022
Producer, executive – ABC, SBS, AFTRS
- “Andy made a really significant contribution to our media industry and was a generous, gifted creative and administrative leader both at the ABC and SBS.” (AMOHG Facebook group – words by Malcolm Smith)
- From a family of public broadcasters, spanning his career between the ABC and SBS, Andy Lloyd‑James was the man in charge of SBS television in its heyday. (Save Our SBS)
- Andy Lloyd‐James — Researcher, Outside the Box, TV Futures Research Project has influenced the Australian media landscape as head of Television at SBS and ABC. He now consults and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. (Andy Lloyd-James at the ASPERA Industry Panel Session, 2010)
- As an inspiring and visionary leader at both the ABC and SBS, Andy Lloyd James made an immense and enduring contribution to public broadcasting in Australia. Detailed obituary in Sydney Morning Herald by Tim Clark and Sawsan Madina.
- NFSA holds an OH interview conducted by Malcolm Smith
ROBBIE PORTER (AKA ROB E.G.)
4 June 1941 – 16 December 2021
Musician, film & TV actor
- Robert George Porter OAM was an Australian country, pop-rock musician, producer and record label owner. (Wikipedia)
- Australian performer/producer Robie Porter (Rob E.G.) has died at the age of 80 after a battle with dementia. (Obituary in Noise11)
- Porter began his musical career as a teenager in the early 60s under the stage-name “Rob E.G.”. The young steel guitar prodigy recorded a string of successful instrumental singles (Milesago)
- This is your Life – Robie Porter / Rob E.G. hosted by Roger Climpson (YouTube: 23mins)
1934 – 16 January 2022
Film & television producer
- Vale Jill Robb, pioneering producer and leader (tribute in IF magazine)
- Jill Robb was born in 1934 in London, England. She is known for Careful, He Might Hear You (1983), The More Things Change… (1986) and Wake in Fright (1971). (IMDB)
- Robb began in the film industry as a stand in for Jill Adams on Dust in the Sun(1958). She was a founding board member of the Australian Film Commission, inaugural CEO of the Victorian Film Corporation (now Film Victoria) and a member of the Film Victoria Board from 1983 to 1989. (Wikipedia).
- Jill Robb – Film Producer, mother, grandmother … friend (blog entry by Lorrie Graham)
- A discussion of the role of the producer, the skills necessary to initiate a film project and the relationship between producer, scriptwriter and director. Interviewed by Sally Semmens. (4-minute extract in Artfilms)
- NFSA holds OH interviews conducted by Ina Bertrand and Sally MacAllister
29 March 1941 – 22 January 2022
Producer, director, writer
- Thornhill had an extensive career in the Australian film industry. He is best known for his films The F.J. Holden (1977) and Between Wars (1974). He worked as a projectionist and film editor before turning to directing short films and documentaries in the late 1960s. (Wikipedia)
- Michael Thornhill was born on March 29, 1941 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He was a director and producer, (IMDB listing)
- Michael Thornhill, the filmmaker behind ’70s features Between Wars and FJ Holden, died late last month, aged 80. Here friend Stephen Wallace reflects on his legacy. (IF magazine).
- Michael Thornhill has been interviewed for Oral Histories a number of times: by Alan Hogan, Graham Shirley, Martha Ansara (second part here), Tina Kaufman, Scott Murray & Gordon Glenn (second part here) are held by NFSA.
23 January 1948 – 1 February 2022
Musician & music manager
- Wheatley began his career as a musician in Brisbane in the mid-1960s. In the late 1960s he became known nationally as the bass player in the rock band the Masters Apprentices. He subsequently formed a media empire which included radio stations and artist management. (Wikipedia)
- John Farnham and his family lead tributes to the singer’s friend and former manager Glenn Wheatley, saying they are “devastated” at the loss of the Australian music legend, who died of COVID-19 complications aged 74. (YouTube video from ABC – 2’35”)
- He established the Wheatley Organisation in 1975 and became manager of Little River Band. (Guardian obituary)
- Wheatley was also a pioneer of FM radio in Australia. It is Wheatley who can claim ‘line honours’ for getting the first Australian FM station, EON in Melbourne, to air on 11th July 1980. (Radio Today – includes audio segment).
- Tributes continue to flow for Glenn Wheatley who died Tuesday night in Melbourne’s Epworth Hospital from complications caused by COVID. (The Music Network).