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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.

2015 ACS NT Cinematography Awards

7pm September 18th

Darwin Entertainment Centre

Studio Theatre

The 2015 Northern Territory Awards for Cinematography will be a celebration of the history and the modern diversity of cinematography in the Northern Territory. featuring iconic cinematographers Don McAlpine ACS ASC as Guest of Honour and Geoff Burton ACS, with the annual Geoff Burton ACS Address, which this year features a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Charles Chauvel's legendary film Jedda. Mambali Band from the Numbulwar Community, Arnhem Land,will be performing live on stage.

--> NT ACS Award Tickets Here

Don McAlpine ACS ASC is our Guest of Honour at this years ACS NT Awards. He has had an extraordinary career, having shot over 50 feature films, in diverse genres and styles. Films such as the Australian classics The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, My Brilliant Career and Breaker Morant to modern classics such as Baz Luhrmans Romeo and Juliet and Wolverine.

At the 2015 ACS NT Awards Special Guest Geoff Burton will present his annual ACS Address. The Topic this year being the iconis Australian film Jedda.

Direct from the Numbulwar Community, Arnhem Land, Mambali Band will be performing live on stage at this years ASC NT Awards!

--> Mambali Band film clip

--> NT ACS Award Tickets Here

NT Awards Accommodation Specials:

Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin:

Set next to Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooking the Esplanade, the welcoming DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is only a 15 minute drive from Darwin International Airport and offers easy access to Stuart Highway. The hotel is within walking distance of the city center, offering beautiful ocean views. We will even greet you with our delicious fresh-baked cookie upon arrival.

Cool down with a dip in the impressive outdoor swimming pool ą the largest in Darwin. Dine al fresco on the sun-soaked terrace of our poolside restaurant and bar, Aqua, where you can enjoy dishes prepared with Mediterranean and Territory influences.

--> DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin 116 The Esplanade, Darwin

Overlooking the famous Darwin Esplanade and offering stunning ocean views, within walking distance of the city, the Darwin Convention Centre, Bicentennial Park and bustling downtown Darwin and Smith Street Mall.

All of the spacious guest rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, Juliette balconies and WiFi. Swim in the sparkling waters of the outdoor pool, surrounded by lush tropical gardens or simply relax in the sunshine with a glass of wine on the outdoor deck. Savor innovative Australian cuisine in the relaxed Poolside Restaurant, open daily for a full buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

--> DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Darwin - 122 The Esplanade, Darwin

Darwin International Film Festival and ACS NT

Darwin International Film Festival is starts Sept 16 and the ACS are partnering with these events.

--> Here are the Event details and prices

--> The full Darwin International Film Festival program is here

19 Sep at Birch Carrol Doyle, Darwin
Join Academy Award-nominated cinematographer, Donald McAlpine ACS ASC, for a special Q&A after the screening of Baz Luhrmanís Romeo + Juliet

19 Sep at Happy Yess, Darwin
Join one of Australian cinemaís pioneers, Geoff Burton ACS, ExposureProductions MD, Andrew Hyde, and the team from Arri Australia in this advanced session on the new Arri Amira System.

19 Sep at Happy Yess, Darwin
Join President of the NT branch of the Australian Cinematographers Society, Andrew Hyde, for a hands on session exploring the latest in new cinema technology.

22 Sep at Deckchair Cinema
Want to get that aerial tracking shot but canít afford to hire a crane, let alone a helicopter? A drone may just be the solution youíre looking for.

--> Here are the Event details and prices

--> The full Darwin International Film Festival program is here

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

  • Ian Richards (Darwin)
  • Shane Mulcahy (Alice Springs)


  • Stephen Cavenagh ACS (Online manager)


  • Jennifer Ward


Ian Redfearn (Membership coordinator)
Sam Chen
Tim Wood
Alex Novak
Chris Tangey
Mitchell Woolnough


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