The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has announced the winner of the 17th Stanley Hawes Award.
Brian Beaton, documentary producer and executive producer with Perth-based production company Artemis International, is the posthumous recipient of this year’s honour, having passed away in June 2016.
The Stanley Hawes Award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contributor to Australia’s documentary sector. It pays tribute to its namesake, Stanley Hawes, a prolific factual filmmaker and first producer-in-chief of the Australian Film Board.
Beaton’s career spanned 35 years, producing award-winning documentaries and factural programs for national and international markets. He founded his production company, Artemis, in 1999 with business partner and managing director Celia Tait and produced award-winning projects, including Saving Andrew Mallard, Shaun Micallef’s Stairway to Heaven, The Dreamhouse, Desperately Seeking Sheila and, with co-producer Serendipity Productions, seven seasons of Who Do You Think You Are?
The award will be accepted on behalf of Brian at AIDC 2017 by Tait, as well as Beaton’s older brother and fellow documentarian, John.