Queens Birthday Honours 2021 awarded to Mandy Walker and Russell Boyd

The Queens Birthday list might be thin but the awardees have dense, interesting careers with a swerve towards cinematographers, financiers and the late John Caldon.

The screen media honours list for the Queen’s Birthday Weekend is very thin. Cinematography rightly scored a moment in the limelight, as Russell Boyd became an Officer in the Order of Australia, ‘for distinguished service to the visual arts as a cinematographer of Australian feature films and television productions’, according to the citation.

It was quiet in 2020 too, with screenwriter Jan Sardi and production designer Robbie Perkins standing out, but 2019 was a bonza, bumper list led out by Ita Buttrose with Fiona Cochrane, Suzanne Baker, Sigrid Thornton, Ray Argall, Kerry Heysen-Hicks, Eric Bana and Ken Sutcliffe in the gang.

Here are this 2021’s awardees: 

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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.