Saturday, May 06, 2023

May 06 - Australian Cinematographer of the Year

The Australian Cinematographers Society named Mandy Walker cinematographer of the year at its national awards in Sydney, marking the first time the society’s Milli Award - presented since 1968 - has ever been won by a woman.

Walker also took home the Gold Tripod in the Feature Films - budget AUS$2 million category - for her work on 'ELVIS'. Again she is the first woman to win this award.

The Milli Award is yet another glass ceiling smashed by Walker in the last 12 months, having also been the first woman to ever win the AACTA Award for Best Cinematography and the American Society of Cinematographers feature film award for Elvis. Walker was also just the third woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. She was also nominated for a BAFTA.

Walker told the audience at the ACS Awards that she was proud to be the first woman to win the Milli and that she hoped many more will follow. “It’s an honor and privilege to have won the Milli and to have worked on Elvis with so many Australian filmmakers who are undeniably at the top of their game. As a team we created an incredibly special piece of cinema,” said Walker.

“Australian cinematographers continue to create some of the best work across the globe and thus, again, I am truly humbled to win this award.”

(Source: Australian Cinematographers Society / IF Magazine)