Vale John Bowring ACS

John Bowring ACS

The AFI was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of cinematographer John Bowring ACS  over the weekend. John, with his wife Sue, was the owner of screen facilities company LEMAC.

Ron Johanson, National President of the Australian Cinematographers Society, paid tribute to John Bowring ACS:

“John was a working cinematographer and owner of Lemac with his wife Sue. He was a truly generous supporter of the ACS and the whole Australian Film & Television Industry. If a job needed doing, JB would see it was done. If a problem needed solving, JB solved it. If someone needed helping, JB would help.

John will be missed by all those he touched with his wisdom, his intellect, his single mindedness and his generosity of spirit. He has left a gap that will take some time to fill, if at all.”

Johanson announced that the 2011 ACS National Awards will be dedicated to the memory of Bowring, “as a mark of respect for his contribution to the field of cinematography”.

John Bowring is survived by his wife Sue and their children, Jack and Kate.

Those of us at the AFI have warm memories of working with the LEMAC in the past, and in particular, attending screenings and rushes in the LEMAC Theatrette.

Read more about John Bowring’s life and work at Encore, Screen Hub and TV Tonight.

Postscript: the ACS are holding a Memorial Service to celebrate the life of John Bowring on Tuesday 3rd May, 4.00pm at Melbourne Docklands Studios, Studio 2, Docklands Drive. Celebration to follow. To RSVP email

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