Roadshow offers tribute to Ian Sands

Roadshow Films used its presentation at the Australian International Movie Convention to celebrate the achievements of Ian Sands, who worked for the company for 38 years.

Sands passed away on July 30, from complications after a heart transplant.

Managing director Joel Pearlman expressed that for many in the industry, Sands had been “a colleague, and at Roadshow, a pretty incredible boss and a mentor; a quintessential film man”.

National sales manager Brett Rosengarten shared his memories of Sands, whom he met when he joined Roadshow in 1995.

“Ian was an incredible man, and evidence of that are the more than 500 people who turned up at this funeral. His career spans 38 years, from the moment he started with Fox in 1972 as an assistant booker, and joining Roadshow the following year,” said Rosengarten.

The thirty-minute tribute included a video that included the heartfelt testimonials of industry executives such as Pearlman, Rosengarten, Murray Forrest, Libby Rhys,
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Industry mourns Ian Sands

Prominent distribution/exhibiton figure Ian Sands died at age 56 in Melbourne, from complications after a heart transplant.

Sands funeral will be at 2pm on August 5 at the Astor Theatre in St Kilda, Victoria.

Sands started his career as an assistant booker with Twentieth Century Fox in 1972, but it was at Roadshow that he spent most of his working life. In 1973 he joined Village Roadshow and became programming manager and film buyer, moving on to Roadshow Films in the 80s as general sales manager Sands became managing director of the company in the 90s and chairman in 1999.

Sands spent the last decade as manager for special projects for Village Roadshow – dealing with anti-piracy initiatives until his departure in 2004 – and director of operations at Reading Entertainment. He was also president of the Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers.
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