Densey Clyne 

with David Attenborough

documentary cinematographer, producer, writer

falloon(alisonsbday)Michael Falloon

film & TV crewmember, feature director

  • January 15, 1949 –
  • IMDB

Geoff Harvey

geoff-harveymusician & orchestra leader, 9 network

  • 6 August 1935 – 30 March 2019
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB
  • Harvey became well-known due to 22 years on The Midday Show and as musical director of Carols By Candlelight (The Guardian)
  • The man behind the songbook of Australian television TV Tonight

hatfield-copyMarcia Hatfield

TV writer & producer

Bob Hawke


PM whose government created NFSA as semi-autonomous body

  • 9 December 1929 – 16 May 2019
  • Robert James Lee Hawke, AC, GCL was an Australian politician who served as Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Labor Party from 1983 to 1991. (Wikipedia)
  • Bob Hawke at the opening ceremony of the NFSA, 1984
  • Hawke – the Larrikin and the Leader (ABC-TV
  • Remembering Bob Hawke (60 Minutes Australia)
  • Bob Hawke on Simon Townsend’s Wonder World – 1,000th episode (NFSA video clip)

Jon (Darce) Cassidy

ABC radio journalist, photographer, unionist.Darce-Cassidy

  • 1941 – 2019
  • Jon Cassidy: journalist and leader of radical organisations: “ABC management obtained advice from ASIO that Cassidy was a revolutionary, not a terrorist, whose role in producing book reviews for Radio National did not threaten national security.” (SMH/The Age).
  • Jon (Darce) Cassidy was probably not meant to become one of the foremost left-wing agitators of his generation. Jon’s upbringing was privileged. (Ken Mansell in RedFlag).
  • Life and Memories (

raenaLEaShannonRaena Lea-Shannon

film & arts community lawyer

Bruce Leonard

bruce-leonardfilm exhibitor, film & video producer-director, Cinema Pioneers stalwart

  • May 28, 1942 – March 14, 2019
  • Australian cinema mourns industry stalwart Bruce Leonard (by Tom Jeffrey)
  • Bruce Leonard was a passionate and committed stalwart of the Australian cinema industry. (IF magazine)
  • Vale Bruce Leonard (RadioInfo)

Gerry Letts

gerry-lettsassistant director, misc crew member; Film Aust, AFTRS & freelance

  • Dec.1948 – 26.May.2019
  • Funeral Announcement: (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • IMDB
  • Gerry had been living with a brain tumour for several years. He died peacefully in his sleep. Friends’ comments on the Film Australia-Former Workers Facebook Page

Jim Murphy


entertainment journalist, film critic

  • Veteran Melbourne Film & TV critic Jim Murphy, who wrote for The Age and co-hosted Australia’s first movie review program, has died, aged 80 (TV Tonight)
  • Articles by Jim Murphy in Muckrack

John C MurrayJohn C. Murray

pioneer of cinema studies in Australia

  • June 13, 1932 – May 1, 2019
  • A spontaneous festschrift from his former friends and colleagues devoted to John C Murray’s life and work (Film Alert 101)

Les Murray

les-murrayAustralian poet whose work inspired two films; other film associations

Enrico-Taglietti-690x384Enrico Taglietti

architect who designed NFSA’S & NAA’s nitrate film vaults

NFSA’s underground nitrate vault in Watson ACT designed by Taglietti

Mike Willesee

mike-willeseeTV journalist, presenter & producer

  • 29 June 1942 – 1 March 2019
  • Willesee came to prominence in 1967 as a reporter for the ABC‘s new nightly current affairs program This Day Tonight(TDT), where his aggressive style quickly earned him a reputation as a fearless political interviewer. Wikipedia
  • Before his death, Mike Willesee opened up on the highs and lows of an extraordinary life (ABC – backstory)
  • Mike Willesee: The life of a television trailblazer | Australian Story

evan-williamsEvan Williams

film critic, arts bureaucrat

  • October 22, 1934 – May 2019
  • Evan Williams led three public lives, all touched with style, a progressive liberalism in the cause of social and political reform, and a measure of controversy. SMH Obituary by Tony Stephens
  • How did an ill-resourced staff, working in difficult surroundings under extreme pressure, preserve harmony, discipline and a shared sense of purpose? Evan Williamsrecalls his days as Whitlam’s speechwriter
  • If film reviewers are a dime a dozen these days – at least outside mainstream media outlets – those with CVs that look even a smidge like The Australian‘s Evan Williams are anything but. (Luke Buckmaster in Crikey)

Mike-WilliamsonVFLMichael Williamson

AFL commentator for TV & radio

  • June 1928 – 2 May 2019
  • Michael Francis Williamson OAM was an Australian television broadcaster.(Wikipedia)
  • Williamson, you beauty! Commentator turns 90 (AFL News)
  • Mike Williamson, VFL commentator known for ‘Jesaulenko, you beauty’ call, dies aged 90 (ABC News)