Neil Balnaves

TV executive & philanthropist

5 May 1944 – 21 February 2022

  • Neil-BalnavesBalnaves is known for forming the Southern Star Group (now Endemol Shine Australia) in 1988 and helping to foster memorable Australian drama, such as Blue Heelers, Water Rats, and The Secret Life of Us. (IF magazine)
  • The Balnaves Foundation is a private philanthropic organisation established in 2006 by Neil Balnaves AO.  Dispersing over $3 million annually to eligible organisations that aim to create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts with a focus on young people, the disadvantaged and indigenous Australia.
  • All Australians should mourn the death of Neil Balnaves – and applaud a generous life (Guardian obituary)
  • Australian philanthropy has lost a champion with the death of Neil Balnaves, one of the nation’s leading arts, science and education philanthropists, in a boating accident near Tahiti. He was 77. (ABC obituary)

Judy Banks

TV variety performer

19 June 1935 – 22 January 2022

  • judybanks_0003Banks was born in Melbourne, Victoria. She started her career as a stage actress, playing the juvenile leads in many musicals in the early 1950s, including Salad Days, Lock Up Your Daughters and Free As Air. (Wikipedia)
  • Sad news for kids who grew up in Melbourne in the 70’s.  Judy Banks has died. Wonderful stage performer and teacher as well but working  alongside Fred Bear made her a household name. (TV Tonight)
  • IMDB listing
  • NFSA holds an Oral History  conducted by Graham Dodsworth (2010)

Colin Bennett

Film critic

22/08/1929 – 23/02/2022

  • Colin Bennett 2NFSA holds an Oral History  conducted by Geoff Gardner and Peter Hourigan
  • A gentle articulate man: journalist, film critic of The Age for 25 years, horse rider and instructor, pianist, talented portrait artist. (Deaths and Funerals notice)
  • “I had begun a cadetship as an Age reporter, checking the price of cabbages in the early morning markets, phoning estate agents for auction results and, five nights a week, reporting the dog coursing.” (from Colin Bennett’s memoirs Reflections in the Dark – Film Writings 1952-1980 (1995) – extract published in AMOHG’s blog.
  • Colin Bennett reviewed the week’s new releases in the Friday and Monday editions of The Age. He was a hard taskmaster with a taste for art and for films that attacked tough subjects. (from a tribute to Colin Bennett by Geoff Gardner and Peter Hourigan on Geoff’s filmalert101 blog.

Patricia Blunt

Producer & production manager

– 2022

  • Known for Muriel’s Wedding and All Saints (TV series) IMDB listing

Ernie Carroll

TV variety entertainer

26 May 1929 – 30 March 2022

  • ernie-carrollNFSA holds an Oral History  conducted by Denzil Howson (1994)
  • Carroll was born in Geelong, the son of a fruit farmer. After attending the Vincent School of Broadcasting in Melbourne, he made his radio début on 3TR which at that time was based in Sale. (Wikipedia)
  • Australian television personality Ernie Carroll, best known for his character Ossie Ostrich on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, has died at the age of 92. (NineNews)
  • He was a writer and actor, known for Silence of the Hams (1992), Hey Hey It’s Saturday (1971) and The Daryl Somers Show (1982). (IMDB listing)

Dick Collingridge

TV producer-director

15 Feb 1936 – 26 March 2022

  • Dick_CollingridgeNFSA holds an Oral History  conducted by Graham Shirley (2015)
  • Special husband to Louise, treasured father to Nicolin, and valued friend and colleague to many. (SMH death notices)
  • Dick was for some years a member of AMOHG.
  • The son of Australian silent era actor Gordon Collingridge and his wife Sheila (nee Noonan), Dick worked from the 1950s with Associated Rediffusion (UK), the then Australian Broadcasting Commission, Cinesound Productions, Pyrox Pty Ltd, Sixteen Millimetre (Aust) Pty Ltd, Australia’s federal Department of the Media (1974-1975), and Film Australia (1975-1988). (Tribute to Dick Collingridge by Graham Shirley, on the AMOHG Blog.)
  • Dick’s involvement with the Lord Howe Island Museum,  for whom he recorded oral history interviews and made several films.

Jill Coverdale

Production accountant

–    2022

  • Jill has 63 credits as Production Accountant on IMDB

Jeff Darling

Cinematographer & director

1962-27 March 2022

  • jeff-darlingHis résumé included the films ‘Young Einstein’ and ‘The Crossing,’ music videos for Crowded House and acclaimed commercials for Jaguar and Boeing. . . Darling died Sunday while surfing in North Palm Beach in Sydney.  (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Darling’s work for Jaguar and Boeing are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and his contribution to excellence in Cinematography was recognised with three honorary Kodak awards. (Campaign Brief)
  • As a filmmaker and friend, Darling’s quiet and thoughtful spirit nurtured compelling portraiture for hundreds of brands and built deep relationships across the industry. (AdForum)
  • IMDB listing

Brian Davies

Journalist, TV producer

1935 – 2022

  • brian-daviesPioneering producer and journalist Brian Davies, who produced Australia’s first television breakfast news program, and helped set up Imparja, has died aged 86. (Obituary in TVTonight)
  • His career started at age 18, when he joined ABC in Sydney in the mid-1950s. He started in radio but made the move to ABN2 soon after it commenced transmission. (obituary in
  • Brian Davies, a former journalist and TV producer turned refugee advocate, has died at the age of 86. Obituary in SMH and The Age written by his son Luke.

Doug Dove

Film Laboratory Manager

1926  –  2021

  • doug-doveNFSA holds a recording of a speech given by Doug Dove to the Producers and Directors Guild in 1976.
  • Starting at Technicolor UK, he became Manager of Automatic Film Laboratories in Moore Park in 1954, and later Colorfilm, until his retirement in the early 1980s.
  • Doug was a founding member of the Australian section of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers) and received its Citation for Outstanding Service in 1979.

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Alan Hopgood

Screenwriter, playwright & actor

29 September 1934 – 19 March 2022

  • alan-hopgoodNFSA holds Oral History interviews conducted by Mark Hartley, Nigel Giles and Susan Lever
  • He is best known for writing the screenplay for film Alvin Purple and his TV soap opera roles including Dr Reid in Bellbird, Wally Wallace in Prisoner and Jack Lassiter in Neighbours. (Wikipedia)
  • With the death two weeks ago of Alan Hopgood AM, the Guild has lost one of its most illustrious members, while those of us who knew Hoppy have lost a wise, witty and generous friend whose company was always a joy. (Vale Alan Hopgood: A tribute by Judith Colquhoun for the Australian Writers Guild).
  • The former Neighbours actor played Jack Lassiter on the soap for more than two decades. (Radio Times)
  • He was an actor and writer, known for Knowing (2009), The Blue Lagoon (1980) and Neighbours (1985). He was married to Gay Hopgood.(  IMDB listing )

Kevin Hurley

Film and Video facility owner

1936 – 15 July 2021

  • SMH death notice, 24 July 2021 – As Arthur Kevin Hurley
  • Founder and long-time manager of Super-8 Services, later Video-8 , now FATS Media Lab.

Christopher Muir

TV producer, director, Head of ABC-TV Drama


  • chris-muirThe passing of Christopher Muir sees the loss of one of the last direct links to the advent of television broadcasting in Australia and programming that viewers of fast-paced contemporary TV could scarcely imagine. (SMH obituary)
  • Australian direct or and producer, notable for his work in TV in the 1950s and 1960s. (Wikipedia)

Don Murray

don-murrayCommonwealth Film Unit / Film Australia producer & director

–  Nov 2020

Bob Parr

Film exhibition executive (independent cinemas)bob-parr


  • Vale Bob Parr OAM : Friends and colleagues will remember Bob Parr for his ‘irrepressible love of life’. (Screenhub)
  • Parr was a mainstay of the exhibition sector for more than 60 years, (IF magazine)

Noel Purdon

Film critic, academic & teacher

–  2022

  • noel-purdonNoel Purdon is an actor, known for Maslin Beach (1997), Marcel and Ardvark (1995) and The Art of Tabloid (1997). (IMDB listing)
  • With Raymond Williams he initiated the first lectures on cinema within the Cambridge English Tripos. (staff listing for Flinders Drama Centre)