Martha Ansara

Martha Ansara, recipient of the Australian Film Institute’s Byron Kennedy Award, is a documentary filmmaker whose prize-winning films on social issues have been screened in Australia and overseas. She is a Life Member of the Australian Director’s Guild. Martha was one of the first women in Australia to work as a cinematographer and in 2015 was inducted into the Australian Cinematographer’s Society (ACS) Hall of Fame. Her 2012 photographic history of Australian cinematography, The Shadowcatchers, was produced through the ACS Book Committee.

Martha has a long history of involvement in industry organisations and campaigns, including the Film and Broadcast Industries Oral History Group, of which she was the founding convener.

She is a graduate of the Australian Film Television & Radio School (1978) and has an M.A. in Applied History (University of Technology, Sydney, 1994). She has lectured and taught at a number of tertiary institutions and media organisations.

Now retired, Martha’s most recent films as a producer have been Ordinary People,  I Remember 1948   and also, as a director, the short drama, The Ballad of Betty & Joe. She distributes a limited selection of DVD titles via Ballad Films.