REMEMBERING A TIME BEFORE SOCIAL DISTANCING
ASE Christmas Party Victoria 15 December, 2019
The Melbourne side of the ASE gathered at the Golden Gate Hotel, Clarendon St, South Melbourne, for the annual Christmas end-of-year get-together. It was great to see some of new and our older members enjoy some old-fashioned close social contact and a few Xmas drinks, especially in light of the events so far this year.
Last year's Christmas party, though spearheaded by the ASE, grew to include multible guilds after discusions with the committee and Margarita Ivanosky from WIFT. So Committee Member Grace Eyre volunteered to contact the participating organisations including the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) the Australian Guild of Screen Composers ( AGSC) the Australian Screen Sound Guild (ASSG) Women In Film & Television Vic (WIFT) and ScreenHub.
Grace had a great response from other guilds so it was decided that we book The Coventry Room for over 150 upstairs at the Golden Gate Hotel. On the day we had well over 100 members turn up to have a drink and a canape, chat, reminisce and exchange details, without social distancing.
(L-R Margarita Ivanovsky and members of WIFT.)
Having a combined guild Christmas party enabled us to meet other members in the film industry who would never normally cross paths. It was a great way to strike up new relationships and unwind in a relaxed and informal environment.
After a few short introductory speeches from each guild, it was over to eating and drinking and soaking up the atmosphere. After this year’s success many attendees expressed the desire to make this a regular holiday tradition.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our committee in Victoria who have given up their evenings to help plan and organise our events throughout last year. They are committee members Gwen Sputore, who organised the Monica Davidson Freelance Event at ACMI; Cindy Clarkson for the MIFF masterclass; Camille Van Wessen, moderator for our St Kilda Film Festival event with Jon Barrie from Adobe; to Patrick McCabe for his 'Green Light' documentary and to Grace Eyre who contacted all the other Guilds and organised the party. A very special thanks to our hardest working committee member, Sam Hardy, who helped tirelessly with posters and flyers with this and every other event during last year.
Last year’s Christmas party was enjoyed by all, we had a great time and look forward to mixing with other guilds in future events and social gatherings later in 2020 once we get to the other side of this pandemic.
Lastly, from all members of the Guild in Victoria, we hope you all stay safe and for those who cannot work, we can get through these difficult and challenging times together.
Barrie Munro ASE
Chair, Victorian Committee
(eNews 97 - May 2020)