Life­time hon­our

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For­mer De­niliquin res­i­dent and chair­man and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer at Match­box Pic­tures Michael McMa­hon is to be hon­oured with a Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the 18th An­nual Screen Pro­duc­ers Aus­tralia Awards next month.

Mr McMa­hon has an il­lus­tri­ous film and tele­vi­sion ca­reer so far span­ning over 30 years and said he was hum­bled and hon­oured to re­ceive the award.

‘‘The most im­por­tant thing for me in be­ing cho­sen for this award is that it is voted on by my peers in an or­gan­i­sa­tion that rep­re­sents the in­dus­try,’’ he said.

‘‘I don’t think you should work in the ex­pec­ta­tion of get­ting prizes or awards but if they come along then you savour the mo­ment. . . and then get back to work.’’

Start­ing in the in­dus­try as an en­ter­tain­ment lawyer, Mr McMa­hon pro­duced his first short, Cruel Youth, in 1988 and has since been the pro­duc­ing force be­hind many of Aus­tralia’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed fea­tures, doc­u­men­taries and tele­vi­sion dra­mas.

It has in­cluded Wild­ness (2001), The Home Song Sto­ries (2007), Ali’s Wed­ding (2017), The Slap (2011) and Nowhere Boys (2013-2018).

Af­ter form­ing Big and Lit­tle Films with part­ner Tony Ayres in 1999, Michael and Tony went on to co-found Match­box Pic­tures with He­len Bow­den, Penny Chap­man and He­len Panck­hurst in 2009.

Over the years Michael has strongly sup­ported the screen in­dus­try, serv­ing on boards for Screen Tas­ma­nia and Film Vic­to­ria.

Michael also re­cently ex­panded his ca­reer into teach­ing at Swin­burne Univer­sity, where he holds the po­si­tion of pro­fes­sor, Film and Tele­vi­sion, and in 2018 at the Univer­sity of South Aus­tralia, gen­er­ously shar­ing his ex­per­tise with emerg­ing tal­ent, teach­ing his mentees to look at the world around them and find the in­ter­est­ing and im­por­tant sto­ries.

‘‘I’ve spent the last cou­ple of years teach­ing oth­ers and I en­joy it a lot,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege to en­gage with the stu­dents and their ideas. Teach­ing is part of the con­stant life­long learn­ing process for me.

‘‘That learn­ing started a long time ago in De­niliquin.’’

While teach­ing, Mr McMa­hon has also been work­ing on film and tele­vi­sion projects with Match­box Pic­tures.

The com­pany’s re­cent se­ries Nowhere Boys: Two Moons Ris­ing be­ing nom­i­nated for a Bri­tish Academy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts ( BAFTA) In­ter­na­tional Live Ac­tion Award this month.

An­other one of the com­pany’s chil­dren’s se­ries Mus­tangs FC has been nom­i­nated for an In­ter­na­tional Emmy Kids Award.

Mr McMa­hon said the foun­da­tions built dur­ing his school­ing years in De­niliquin have helped him get to where he is to­day.

‘‘I had the ben­e­fit of a very good ed­u­ca­tion at St Michael’s School and De­niliquin High School which put me in good stead to nav­i­gate life.

‘‘When I left De­niliquin High School way back in 1971 life was a bit of an open book re­ally.

‘‘I guess I have just kept turn­ing the pages to see what the next part of life’s story in­volves and this un­ex­pected award was a wel­come sur­prise in that story.

‘‘It gives you a good feel­ing to be ac­knowl­edged. I have learnt that it is im­por­tant for peo­ple to give and re­ceive ac­knowl­edge­ment in life, to their fam­ily, friends and com­mu­nity.’’

Mr McMa­hon is a true in­spi­ra­tion for lo­cal stu­dents, show­ing that you can come from a small coun­try town and work your way through the world.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Match­box Pic­tures projects, go to www.match­box­pic­

Film­maker Michael McMa­hon will be recog­nised with an award in Novem­ber.

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