The Australian Cinematographers Society has reported the passing of one of its most venerated members, Butch Calderwood OAM ACS at the age of 91.
Butch was the longest serving editor of Australian Cinematographer Magazine along with decades of service to both the NSW and National levels of the ACS including many years as National Treasurer.
Mr Calderwood left Australia for the UK when he was 19 and became the BBC’s First Film Trainee. His career allowed him to see first hand the historical events that shaped the world in the second half of the 20th Century.
While the bulk of his career was spent with the BBC where he shot Current Affairs, Documentary and Drama. He kept returning to Australia with stints at the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel 7 Network where his final full time role was Head of the Camera Department.
According to the ACS, “While he was comfortable mixing with kings, presidents and Hollywood royalty he was always happiest with his fellow cinematographers and crew. To the many who were lucky enough to be mentored by him, not only did he shape their careers, but he also helped shape their palate and sense of humour.
“Butch’s life took him to every single country on earth and as he now sets sail on the final journey to the undiscovered country we know he will be quickly finding the best restaurant, gathering some friends and telling great stories with a twinkle in his eye.”