Monday, 6 March 2006

oscar winner dion beebe at acmi

The work of Australian Director of Photography, Dion Beebe, just awarded the Oscar® for Achievement in Cinematography on Memoirs of a Geisha at the 2005 Academy Awards®, will be celebrated at a special film season at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in May.

Running for 11 days at ACMI Cinemas, Focus on Dion Beebe (18-29 May, ACMI Cinemas) will pay tribute to Beebe, a major name in international film who has collaborated with directors the calibre of Gillian Armstrong, Jane Campion, Clara Law, Michael Mann and Rob Marshall.

Dion Beebe's amazing work and diverse career demonstrates, yet again, the pool of world class talent originating from Australia. While everyone has been quick to recognise the successes of our actors and directors, the achievements of the Directors of Photography frequently gets overshadowed. Australia has many Oscar®-winning Cinematographers to be proud of, including John Seale (The English Patient), Andrew Lesnie (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), Dean Semler, O.A.M. (Dances with Wolves) and Russell Boyd (Master and Commander).

Focus on Dion Beebe celebrates the work of one of the international film industry's most skilled practitioners, and shines the spotlight on the art of cinematography, showcasing it for what it is - a critical creative part of the filmmaking process. "As Director of Photography, Beebe is both bold and considered; he frequently takes glorious stylistic leaps but always to the dance of the very diverse visions of the filmmakers with whom he works" says ACMI's Head of Film Programs, Clare Stewart, curator of the season.

Opening with an exclusive in-conversation session with Beebe himself, (fresh from his work on Michael Mann's upcoming film Miami Vice), Focus on Dion Beebe will trace Beebe's already impressive career, from his luminous renderings of Australia's and New Zealand's urban settings and landscapes in films including Praise, Eternity, Floating Life and Memory & Desire (NZ) through to his ambitious and inventive work in Hollywood on projects such as Collateral, Chicago (Beebe's first Oscar® nomination) and Memoirs of a Geisha.

In addition to screening highlights from his body of work, ACMI will screen films nominated by Beebe as influential on his creative approach, as well as his own Top Five "desert island movies": Bertolucci's The Conformist (cinematography by Vittorio Storaro); Bergman's Cries and Whispers (cinematography by Sven Nykvist); Wenders' Paris, Texas (cinematography by Robby Müeller), Roeg's Don't Look Now (cinematography by Nicolas Roeg); and Kusturica's Time of the Gypsies (cinematography by Vilko Filac).

Further information

Danielle Poulos, ACMI Communciations Coordinator
Tel: 8663 2415
Mob: 0417 540 543

Justin Rogers, ACMI Communications Coordinator
Tel: 8663 2475
Mob: 0412 172 887
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