Australian Cinematographer wins coveted Hollywood award

Australian Cinematographer Ben Nott has won the coveted American Society of Cinematographers award for excellence for Best Mini Series for his work on The Company for producers Ridley & Tony Scott. This is the second nomination for Nott who lives on the Gold Coast.

The ASC Awards are generally regarded as the next best thing to winning an Oscar in Cinematography. Presented the award by Annette Benning and Warren Beatty, Nott said ‘To be nominated by my peers was an absolute thrill given the incredible standard of work submitted’. 

The Company traces the activities of the CIA over a 40 year period from the beginning of the cold war to the demise of the Soviet Union. Starring Michael Keaton and Chris O’Donnell this 6 hour mini series was photographed in Canada, Hungary and Puerto Rico.

With many Australian filmmakers forced to look for work in the US due to the downturn in Australian filmmaking, Ben has made his mark with Ridley and Tony Scott’s company, Scott Free productions. Ben’s latest film, the locally produced Daybreakers, starring Ethan Hawke, Sam Neil and Willem Dafoe and directed by Queenslanders, The Spierig Brothers.

[release from the ACS]


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