Issue date: 
Thursday, 3 April 2014

New Zealand-born prolific producer David Hannay has passed away aged 74.  David Hannay worked as an independent producer since 1977 and completed the bulk of his work in Australia.  He was a friend of a number of New Zealand filmmakers.

David Hannay has nearly 60 producer credits to his name as well as a number of awards including the Human Rights Australia Film Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producers and Directors Guild of Australia, he was named Film Pioneer of the year by the Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers 'for outstanding service to the Motion Picture Industry', was the inaugural recipient of the Maura Fay Award for service to the industry awarded at the Screen Producers Association of Australia's Independent Producer Awards in 2002, and is often described as Australia’s unofficial record holder for attendance at Cannes.  We have already had heard from several filmmakers who have said Cannes will not be the same without him.

His film credits include New Zealand films Solo (1978) with Tony Williams and The Returning (1990) with Trishia Downie and John Day.  Other titles include Mapantsula, Gross Misconduct and Cubbyhouse.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

You can read more about David Hannay's life on here or on The Age website here.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 3 April 2014