First find your celeb – how brand funding stays honest in top docs

Branded entertainment forges on with charismatic megafauna, a passion for the planet and a bunch of sports tragics. This is the story of a company called THIS.

Award announcements are the meat and potatoes of our sector, but they can lead to some fascinating stories. 

The Lumiere Awards (not the French ones) are presented by The Advanced Imaging Society, a coalition of Hollywood studios and technical groups, to reward the use of innovative acronymic technology like VR, HDR, AI, Real Time Rendering etc. 

In the list of 23 awards this year, is a line item for Save This Rhino, a two part documentary made by Australians Michael Lawrence and Nick Cook, who shot to fame with surfing culture film Bra Boys, which they produced with Sunny Abberton in 2007.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.