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On Monday, the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) posthumously awarded Brian Beaton, documentary Producer and Executive Producer with Western Australian production company Artemis International, the 17th Stanley Hawes Award for his outstanding contribution to the Australian documentary sector.

The Award was accepted on behalf of Brian at AIDC last week by Artemis Managing Director Celia Tait and Brian’s older brother and fellow documentarian John Beaton.

“It was so thrilling to collect the award on behalf of Brian and to share many memories with colleagues at AIDC.  There was a lot of love in the room,” said Celia.

Brian had a long and successful career, establishing Reel Images in the early 1980’s with his brother John, before forming Artemis International in 2000 with Celia Tait, where he produced over 100 hours of television, including seven series of Who Do You Think You Are? 

Brian had a drive for making films about social change and was committed to ensuring documentaries were well represented in the film industry.

He was the chair of AIDC in 2000 and was also a long term Screen Producers Australia Association (SPAA) member, serving on the national Council for many years.  In 2002 Brian was the recipient of the SPAA documentary producer of the year and Artemis International won this again in 2012 and 2014. The much loved Perth producer sadly passed away suddenly in June 2016.

In December 2016, Screenwest, FTI and Artemis International announced the Brian Beaton Award to continue Brian’s legacy. This will be awarded annually to a Western Australian filmmaker with a social impact project. The recipient will receive tailored mentorships from leading industry professionals in Western Australia and a cash contribution towards their project.