Wednesday, December 07, 2022

December 07 - Mike Freeman Died

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Freeman. He was 66. R.I.P.

Mike Freeman was a music historian, published author and possibly most notably a Memphis tour guide, regarding all things Elvis Presley. He co-wrote, with his former wife Cindy Hazen, 'The Best of Elvis (1992) and Memphis Elvis Style (1997). For eight years they owned and lived in the first home Elvis purchased at 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis. 

In 2007 Mike helped create three DVDS; 'Elvis’ Memphis' and 'Beyond Elvis’ Memphis' with Artsmagic, U.K. and 'Elvis: Return to Tupelo' with Michael Rose Productions.

AACTA Awards

The 2022 Australian Film and Television Academy of Arts (AACTA) Awards celebrated the country's film and television industry. Baz Luhrmann’s film 'ELVIS' was the biggest winner of the night, taking home four awards for Best Film, Best Direction in Film (Baz Luhrmann), Best Lead Actor (Austin Butler), and Best Supporting Actress in Film (Olivia DeJonge), bringing the movie's total AACTA Award count to 11 after winning seven gongs at the AACTA Industry Awards on Monday.

Catherine Martin, 57, was recognised for her incredible work on the film Elvis, receiving several awards for production design Best Costume Design in Film, Award for Best Film and Award for Best Production Design in Film for her work on Elvis. The film designer was also honoured for her outstanding global contribution and influence to film with the prestigious Longford Lyell Award.

The film’s cinematographer Mandy Walker made history as the first woman to have ever won Best Cinematography at either the AACTAs or the AFIs – receiving a standing ovation from the room.

The Australian Academy awards are a mix of Industry and Audience Choice selected trophies., 'ELVIS' landed the most awards of the night:


  • AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in Film: Elvis – Mandy Walker
  • AACTA Award for Best Costume Design in Film: Elvis – Catherine Martin
  • AACTA Award for Best Direction in Film presented by Filmology Finance: Elvis – Baz Luhrmann
  • AACTA Award for Best Editing in Film presented by Spectrum Films: Elvis – Matt Villa, Jonathan Redmond
  • AACTA Award for Best Film: Elvis – Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick, Schuyler Weiss – Bazmark
  • AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in Film: Austin Butler – Elvis
  • AACTA Award for Best Production Design in Film: Elvis – Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, Beverley Dunn
  • AACTA Award for Best Sound in Film: Elvis – David Lee, Wayne Pashley, Andy Nelson, Michael Keller
  • AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress in Film: Olivia DeJonge – Elvis


  • AACTA Award for Best Hair and Makeup presented by HASK: Elvis – Shane Thomas, Louise Coulston, Mark Coulier, Jason Baird
  • AACTA Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation: Elvis – Tom Wood, Fiona Crawford, Julian Hutchens, Joshua Simmonds, Adam Hammond – Warner Bros. Pictures


  • 2022 AACTA Longford Lyell Award Recipient: Catherine Martin
  • AACTA Audience Choice Awards
  • AACTA Audience Choice Award for Best Film: Elvis

(Source: Amazon / Facebook / ACTAA / Daily Mail)