This year, the Ellie Awards was held at Sydney’s Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour – the first to be held in person since 2019. Mingling amongst marvellous maritime exhibits - it is fair to say this new venue was well received by a fantastic turnout of Editors and supporters who relished the opportunity to reconnect and celebrate with all things editing.
Welcome drinks and canapes were followed by the award ceremony, hosted by comedian Suren Jayemanne with perfect comedic timing. Despite rolling lockdowns, the quality and quantity of submissions this year exceeded expectations. Two new awards, the ‘2022 Emerging Editor Award’ and ‘The Australian Children’s Television Foundation Award for Children’s Entertainment’ were welcome additions to this year’s proceedings.
The ASE welcomed two Accreditees into its fold: Sean Lahiff ASE and Jack Hutchings ASE. Lawrie Silvestrin ASE flew in from Western Australia to accept a Lifetime Member award. Alongside him, in a poignant and bittersweet moment, Margaret Slarke, the ASE’s long-time administrator of over 20 years, also received a Lifetime Membership as she stepped down from her role to begin a new stage in her life. Her constant support and steady leadership over the years will be sorely missed by all at the ASE. Petria Wallace, former ABC reporter and producer/writer will take the reins as ASE administrator in the new year and was warmly welcomed on the night.
The ceremony was then followed by more merriment and cheer (sprinkled with lucky door prizes) as Editors caught up with each other on the last two years. The festivities then spilt into nearby pubs in Pyrmont, and a few die-hards were rumoured to be found at Frankie’s Pizza in the city late into the night (you know who you are Andrea Lang and co). A fantastic return to normality, and a huge congratulations to all the nominees and winners.
The ASE Award For Best Editing In Current Affairs was presented to Andrew Cooke ASE by Orly Danon ASE.
The Australian Film Television & Radio School Award For Best Editing In Short Drama was presented to Rishi Shukla by Roland Gallois ASE.
The Solid State Award For Best Editing In Comedy was won by Nathan Wild ASE, and accepted from Walter Beinz by Kathy Freeman.
The Digistor Award for Open Content was won by Andrew Holmes, who wasn't able to attend. The Ellie was presented by Mark Richards from Digistor.
The Post Op Award For Best Editing In A Music Video was presented to Brad Hurt by Scott Rowan.
The Blackmagic Award For Best Editing In A Commercial was presented to Luke Haigh by Scott Walmsley. Unfortunately, Luke couldn't attend.
The ASE Award For Best Editing In Corporate And Branded was won by Matt Osborne who wasn't able to attend. Danielle Boesenberg presented the Ellie.
The Australian Children's Television Foundation Award For Children’s Entertainment was won by Andrew Emmerson, and presented by Lily Davis to Matt Hodges.
The Endemol Shine Australia Award For Best Editing In Reality was presented to Karen Crespo by Adam Ferguson.
The Adobe Award For Best Editing In Factual Entertainment was presented by Danielle Boesenberg to John Rosser, Rachel Grierson-Johns & Simon Callow-Wright. (r-l)
The ASE Award For Best Editing In Documentary And Series was won by Frances Elliott & Samantha Marlowe, and presented by Scott Walmsley to Oliver Dear.
The Blue Post Award For Best Editing In Drama was presented to Mark Perry ASE by Rachel Knowles.
The Audio Network Award For Best Editing In Documentary Feature was won by Meredith Watson Jeffrey & Tania Nehme, and presented to Meredith by Emily Norton.
The Avid Award For Best Editing In Feature Drama was won by Matt Villa ASE & Jonathan Redmond, and presented to Matt by Danielle Boesenberg.
EMERGING EDITOR AWARD
The inaugural Emerging Editor Award was won by Oliver Dear. The ASE has been thinking of ways to support and encourage Assistant Editors and new Editors. The Emerging Editor Award was the brainchild of Executive Committee member Andy Finn, who presented the award to Oliver. There's more information about the award, and Oliver and the other nominees elsewhere in the newsletter.
In 2022 there were two new accreditees - Jack Hutchings ASE and Sean Lahiff ASE. Unfortunately, Jack wasn't able to attend. You can read more about Sean's and Jack's careers elsewhere in the newsletter.
(Danielle Bosenberg with Sean Lahiff ASE.)
We also had two Lifetime Members this year - veteran WA Editor Lawrie Slivestrin ASE, and the ASE's veteran administrator Marg Slarke.
Lawrie Silvestrin ASE's Lifetime Membership was delayed by COVID. It was wonderful that Lawrie was finally able to make the trip across from WA to attend the ceremony in person. Lawrie's Lifetime Membership was presented by his mentee Timothy Hadwen.
Marg's Lifetime Membership was a deep, dark secret - from Marg, herself, and only possible because Marg had moved to live in Melbourne. This meant that Marg wasn't at the presentation (much to her relief) but we did film it for her to enjoy in the comfort of her own home. Marg's Lifetime Membership was presented by Dany Cooper ASE and Lawrie Slivestrin ASE.
LUCKY DOOR PRIZES
Once again, our sponsors generously donated Lucky Door Prizes. Thank you so much to Avid, Adobe, Blackmagic, Audio Network, and AFTRS.
Avid's prize was won by Matt Hodges.
Christine Cheung won the prize from Adobe.
The prize donated by Blackmagic was won by Claire Pullen.
Scott Walmsley won the prize donated by Audio Network.
The prize donated by AFTRS was won by Hilary Balmond.
AFTER THE AWARDS CEREMONY