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Welcome to the Northern Territory Branch of the ACS

The Northern Territory branch of the ACS was formed in September 2005 and was inspired and driven by founding member David Curl who became our first President. David Curl is a world-renowned nature and wildlife cinematographer whose involvement in the Northern Territory film industry has spanned almost a quarter of a century.

Along with other founding members such as Allan Collins ACS the branch grew out of an industry, which survives in a landmass representing one fifth of Australia, with a population of just over 200,000.

Canon C100 Mark ii Training

Cameraman Mike Donnelly operating the C100 Markii with the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 lens

ACS NT branch president Andrew Hyde has been providing training on the Canon C100 Mark ii cinema camera system for the ABC's Darwin based news camera operators. The C100 is being increasingly used for production on the network's current affairs programs, in an attempt to freshen the traditional news/caff look & style

Panasonic Varicam and Don Mcalpine ACS ASC at this years ACS Drop In

Our March 2016 Drop In featured a presentation by Mathew Alexander from Panasonic Australia of the latest addition to the Varicam Cinema Camera family the VaricamLT.

This new camera shares the Varicam DNA of the Varicam35 but in a smaller, lighter package designed more for single operator use. It also shares the same S35 native 4K sensor, the same Varicam colour science and comes standard with EF mount and PL mount option.

As well as the VaricamLT presentation Aussie DP legend Don McAlpine ACS ASC was on hand to talk about his reasons for choosing and his experience of shooting with Varicam35s on his latest feature film Ali's Wedding.

Take a look at these 3 videos from last months ACS Drop in at ACS HQ in Sydney:

Part 1 Rob Myers from Panasonic introduces the VariCamLT at the ACS Clubhouse in Sydney

Part 2 Don McAlpine ACS ASC talks about his decision to shoot his latest Feature on the VariCam35

Part 3 Don McAlpine ACS ASC reflects on experiences with the VariCam 35 on his latest Feature “Ali’s Wedding”

ACS NT at the National Cinematography Awards

Congratulations to all the State and Territory winners at this years National ACS Awards in sunny Adelaide. Special thanks to to Ernie Clark ACS and the SA branch for yet another great awards night.

Stephen Cavenagh ACS, Mitchell Woolnough and Graham Morrison at the ACS National Awards in Adelaide.

Mitchell Woolnough and ACS TAS's Graham Gates at the ACS National Awards in Adelaide.

Graham Morrison with some of the latest kit on display at the awards weekend in Adelaide.

Territory Pictures and Postcards

We are putting out the call for awesome pics and or stories from our ACS NT members
(see gratuitous pic of croc below). You may not be as good looking as the characters below but send them in anyway. Send us a couple of lines and or a pic to or You can also MMS Andy and we will be grabbing the odd picture from Facebook.

gratuitous pic of croc

ACS NT Thanks our many generous sponsors


  • Andrew Hyde

Vice President

  • Shane Mulcahy (Alice Springs)
  • Alex Novac (Darwin)


  • Stephen Cavenagh ACS (Online Editor)


  • Ian Redfearn

Public Officer

Ian Redfearn


Graham Morrison
Jennifer Richards
Ian Richards
Chris Tangey
Sam Chen
Mitchell Woolnough
Callan McLaughlin
Tim Wood


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