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Vale Andrew Lesnie

The Australian Cinematographers Society will dedicate its annual awards to be handed out in Hobart on Saturday to one of its most esteemed members, Andrew Lesnie, who died on Monday.

Acs president Ron Johanson spoke for many when he told If today, .Andrew was one of our greatest cinematographers. It.s a huge loss. He leaves such a void..

Lesnie, who was 59, had been suffering from heart problems.. He won an Oscar for Best Cinematography in 2002 for Peter Jackson.s Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and a BAFTA award in 2004 for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

He shot The Hobbit trilogy and Jackson's King Kong and The Lovely Bones, a collaboration which spanned eight movies and 17 years.

On his Facebook page Jackson wrote, "Andrew created unforgettable, beautiful images on screen, and he did this time and again, because he only ever served what he
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Veronika Jenet on the art of film editing

Veronika Jenet accepts an If Award for her work on Snowtown.

Veronika Jenet began her film career in the same place as many others, at film school. Unlike many others, she wasn.t enrolled there.

.At the time, film school was not as regimented . the place was basically open 24 hours. I was hanging around solidly all year and I wasn.t a student. The teachers kind of looked at me strangely but hey, I was there; I was doing work,. she says. .I.m sure I wouldn.t be able to do that now..

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (Aftrs) played a pivotal role in Jenet.s life. It.s where she met director Ray Quint, now her husband and business partner, and director Jane Campion, with whom she has collaborated on five feature films.

Quint and Campion were both final year students at the school when Jenet
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'Somersault' tops AFI nods

'Somersault' tops AFI nods
SYDNEY -- There were no surprises at this year's Australian Film Institute Awards as Somersault cleaned up, taking home a record 13 nods from 15 nominations in an otherwise threadbare year. Now in their 46th year, the AFI Awards are Australia's longest-running and most prestigious awards and were set to be handed out in Melbourne tonight. Somersault, Cate Shortland's acclaimed coming-of-age drama about a girl trying to find her way to love through sex, won best film over Tom White, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories and Love's Brother. Somersault also picked up best original screenplay and direction for auteur Shortland as well as best actress for its star, Abbie Cornish, and best actor for leading man Sam Worthington. In other categories, Somersault nabbed best actress in a supporting role for Lynette Curran, best actor in a supporting role for Erik Thompson, best editing, cinematography, production design, costume design, sound and original music score.

Oz films prep for awards run

SYDNEY -- Australia's awards season kicked off this week with the first official screenings in the lead up to Oct. 29's Australian Film Institute Awards. Tom White, starring Colin Friels, screened to AFI members each night in each of Australia's capital cities this week in the hope of recognition at Australia's most established awards. Other films in the running for AFI Awards are A Cold Summer, Love's Brother, One Perfect Day, Somersault, The Finished People, The Honourable Wally Norman, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories and Under the Radar. In a busy season, between now and December three awards ceremonies will give recognition to Australian films released over the past year.

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