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Toon takes top honour at ACS bash

Kiwi Cinematographer John Toon won the top gong at the weekend’s Australian Cinematographers Society National Awards, taking away the Milli Award for Australian Cinematographer of the Year.

Toon also took a Golden Tripod in the Cinema Features category. Both awards were in recognition of his work on Mr Pip. Toon is a member of both the NZCS and ACS.


Andrew Adamson and John Toon on set during Mr Pip.

He has worked on both sides of the ditch as well as in several other countries, mostly on commercial jobs. He’s shot all three of partner Christine Jeffs’ features: her debut Rain, UK production Sylvia and US comedy Sunshine Cleaning.

Toon won ACS Gold Awards for Best TVC in 2004 and 2006 for his work for NZ Tourism (100% Pure) and AMI. In 2004 he also won ACS Awards for Jeffs’ Sylvia. This year’s event, MCed by TV personality Ray Martin, celebrated the superb and innovative cinematography of ACS members across all genres and again had FUJINON FUJIFILM as its Major National Sponsor.

John Toon

ACS National President Ron Johanson presents the Milli Award for the Australian Cinematographer of the Year to John Toon
Photo: Bryan Crawford

This year’s ACS National Awards ran on Saturday night in Brisbane.

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