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Women Behind the Lens: Celebrating Women in Cinematography

Women Behind the Lens: Celebrating Women in Cinematography

SUNSTUDIOS in partnership with the Australian Cinematographer’s Society proudly presents a special event in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Women behind the lens: Celebrating women in Cinematography.

Join us for an afternoon of captivating discussion and masterful imagery as we hear from three award-winning female Cinematographers, Bonnie Elliott ACS, Carolyn Constantine ACS and Emma Paine - their journeys, challenges and the thinking behind their special brand of creative imaging.

10 March 2018
3pm - 7pm

This is a free event.


About the speakers

Bonnie Elliott ACS

Bonnie is an award-winning cinematographer who works across drama, documentary and video art. Her unique talent expresses itself in a boldly poetic and emotionally resonant aesthetic. She is a brilliant collaborator and works intensively with the director to realise a vision for the screen. Bonnie’s work has screened at major international festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Tribeca, Rotterdam, Sydney & Melbourne.  She has received recognition from the Australian Cinematographer’s Society on numerous occasions.

Her most recent projects include the TV series ROMPER STOMPER, 2017, a major hit for streaming service STAN; and the acclaimed, multi-award winning SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY, 2016, a six-part series for Matchbox Pictures/NBCU/ABC, directed by Glendyn Ivin, Matt Saville and Ana Kokkinos. For this she won an AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in Television, becoming the first female cinematographer ever to win this award.

Bonnie shot her debut feature film in Iran.  MY TEHRAN FOR SALE, directed by Granaz Moussavi, premiered at the 2009 Adelaide Film Festival, and screened at international film festivals including Toronto, Pusan and Rotterdam. Other feature films quickly followed, including Zak Hilditch’s much heralded debut, THESE FINAL HOURS, selected for Director’s Fortnight, Cannes, 2014; and Kulikar Sotho’s THE LAST REEL, set in Cambodia and winner of the Spirit of Asia Award at the 2014 Tokyo Film Festival.

She worked with indigenous choreographer/director Stephen Page on Sand, a chapter of the Tim Winton adaptation of THE TURNING, which screened at the 2015 Berlinale, and continued this successful collaboration on SPEAR, a visually stunning film story told through movement and dance, which premiered at the Toronto and Adelaide film festivals in 2015, and was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in a Feature Film.

In 2017, she shot Miranda Nation’s debut feature, UNDERTOW, and Partho Sen-Gupta’s third feature, SLAM, both due for release in 2018.

Prior to her most recent TV credits, Bonnie shot HUNTERS for Matchbox/Universal Cable Productions, from Executive Producers Gale Ann Hurd and Natalie Chaidez. She has also shot Second Unit on prestigious television series including THE SLAP, PUBERTY BLUES, OFFSPRING, and DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND.

In the field of video art, Bonnie has worked with artist Angelica Mesiti for many years, photographing RAPTURE, winner of the Blake prize, and CITIZENS BAND, which won the Anne Landa Award. Recent collaborations include the inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image commission for ACMI – THE CALLING – a three-channel installation shot in Greece, Turkey and the Canary Islands and MOTHER TONGUE, a multiscreen work commissioned for the European Capital of Culture program in Aarhus, Denmark. 

Working across a range of documentary projects from observational to highly stylized, Bonnie’s credits include LANI’S STORY, RECIPE FOR MURDER, A LIFE EXPOSED, two episodes of Matchbox Pictures ANATOMY ARTS SERIES: EYE AND HAIR, time-lapse and landscape photography for SBS series FIRST CONTACT, produced by Blackfella Films, and Meryl Tankard’s moving portrait of a dancer, MICHELLE’S STORY.

Carolyn Constantine ACS

Carolyn Constantine ACS began her career in Sydney where she rapidly developed a reputation for having an original and unique eye. Her reputation has been solidified with her notable work as DOP on a number of films by emerging Australian directors such as Cate Shortland, Pentuphouse (Kodak and Dendy Award winner) and Somersault (2nd Unit DOP and director).

She has equally made a mark on US projects such as the feature, Night Owls of Coventry by the Sundance Award winning director Laura Paglin.

Carolyn has lensed a number of high profile documentaries-Yajilarra which screened at the UN, Brian Eno at Vivid, the highly acclaimed Smoke & Mirrors show and a number of arts documentaries including Yoko Ono at the MCA and Wide Open Sky which won the Foxtel audience award for documentary at SFF 2015.

She also has numerous TV drama credits as DOP, camera operator or 2ndunit DOP (Wildside, Young Lions, Rake, Please like Me, Janet King and Headland, Pulse).

Her passion for the arts is reflected in the many films she has produced /directed and shot for AGNSW gallery channel, MCA, SCAF & the Kaldor Public Art Projects, her subjects including Jeff Koons, Christo and Wendy Whiteley.

In 2017 Carolyn completed her documentary Madhattan, her first long form film as a Director/ DOP.

Emma Paine

Emma Paine is an Australian cinematographer based in Sydney. Emma’s love of film began in the darkroom, developing an eye for lighting and composition from black and white photography.

Since graduating with a Graduate Diploma in Cinematography from the Australian Film, Television and Radio school in 2011 she has further specialised in drama, commercials and branded content.

In 2015 Emma won a NSW and ACT ACS Gold Award for her work on ‘We Will’ and a Silver Award for ‘Infused Honey’ in the Web Content and New Media category. In 2016 she won her first Gold Tripod at the ACS National awards for ‘We Will’ and her first feature film, ‘Zelos’ was in competition for the 2017 AACTA awards.

Image © Emma Paine

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