Kath McIntyre, SAFC’s Locations and Film Services Manager extraordinaire for the past four years has finished up at the SAFC and is returning to the industry as an independent film practitioner.
While this is undoubtedly sad news for the SAFC, we are pleased that she is leaving at a time when the local industry is on an upward trajectory in terms of upcoming production – a result that is due in no small measure to her efforts during her time at the SAFC. As she said in her farewell speech…
“We have everything to offer here. We have creativity, energy, great crew, great locations and right now we have The Babadook and Tracks in pre-production, The Rover and Sam Fox coming in late 2012 and early 2013, the promise the new studios offers our industry for a great future is starting to come home. Plus the fact we are celebrating 40 years, this year is testimony to our resilience and our determination as a state to continue to make our mark in what is one of the toughest industries there is!”
Kath will be a hard act to follow, although we have no doubt that we will be crossing paths with her again as an independent, not to mention engaging her services in the future.
Also departing is Sylvia Warmer, who returns to Locations on Tracks after completing a contract as SAFC’s Locations and Film Services Assistant. Sylvia has worked tirelessly over the past 18 months, scouring approvals and production leads, responding to filmmaker’s enquiries, and overhauling and improving the department’s materials and resources.
“Kath and Sylvia have provided a ‘Rolls Royce’ service for visiting producers during their times here. The breadth and depth of Kath’s and Sylvia’s knowledge of locations, of production and of local SA crew and businesses operating in SA is tremendous. We have been fortunate to have the benefit of their knowledge for the past four years. Despite our protests Kath has decided her heart is in filmmaking and that’s where she wants to be – back in the industry doing what she love’s best – making films. And we always knew that we only had Sylvia for a limited time, until production came along and stole her back. We wish Kath and Sylvia every success,’ said CEO Richard Harris.
Locations and Film Services enquiries, including applications for Payroll Tax Exemption, state and federal incentives, inbound missions, recces and production liaison will be managed by Jo Mulcahy in her newly expanded role of Studios and Production Services Manager. Jo will be assisted by Amy Dowd, who will be acting as the Locations and Marketing, Coordinator.
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