2011 recipient: David Hannay

Photographer: Vince Monton

David Hannay’s career began as an actor and has spanned seven decades. Mr Hannay is acknowledged for his involvement in and advocacy of the activities of the NFSA. He has assisted the NFSA in saving master material from productions in danger of complete destruction. He has worked actively with the NFSA to locate and preserve original film components and lobbied on behalf of archival interests, both in Australia and abroad. David remains an energetic producer, mentor and lobbyist, working to support and preserve filmmaking in its many forms.

David Hannay’s television credits include two award winning television series, The Godfathers and Number 96. His feature film credits include Stone, The Man From Hong Kong, the award-winning New Zealand feature Solo, Second World War dramas Death of a Soldier and Emma’s War, and Oliver Schmitz and Thomas Mogotlane’s anti-apartheid and multi award-winning film Mapantsula. Other feature credits include Shotgun Wedding, Gross Misconduct, Dead Funny, Savage Play, Love in Ambush and the feature documentary Stone Forever.

He has worked with 13 directors on their first feature films and at least as many first-time writers and producers. Hannay’s executive positions include Head of Production for Gemini Productions (which merged with the Grundy Organisation in 1977) from 1970 to 1973 and again from 1975 to 1976, and General Manager of the Greater Union production subsidiary The Movie Company in 1974. Since 1977 he has been an independent producer and chairman of his own production company.

David Hannay adds the Ken G Hall Film Preservation Award to a long series of industry acknowledgements. In 2009, in recognition of long and outstanding service to the industry of Australian Screen Production, he was awarded Life Membership of the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA). He was the 2007 AFI Raymond Longford Award recipient. In 2008 he was awarded the Australian Screen Sound Guild’s Syd Butterworth Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2002 he was the inaugural recipient of the Screen Producers Association Maura Fay Award 'for service to the industry’. In 1996 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producers and Directors Guild of Australia.

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