Founded by Stanley N. Wright on 29 November 1933, The Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers now has more than 2,900 Members.
A not for profit association dedicated to the recognition of people who have provided 20 years or more of service to, and/or have been employed in, the Australian Cinema Industry – encompassing Exhibition, Distribution and Production.
Overseen by a National Executive Committee, every Australian State has it’s own local branch of the Society – with each conducting local functions and activities, as well as the annual National Dinner.
The Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers provides members with a means to celebrate the industry of Australian Cinema, as well as stay in touch with industry colleagues, and be connected via newsletters, social media and gatherings.
From a small beginning with only an idea and a vision, the Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers has grown to an Australia-wide organisation. Membership is a rewarding thing for the veterans of the motion picture and allied industries. Besides having cinema passes that enable them to maintain their interest in the current movies and new theatres, it also provides generous concessions for them. There is, too, the opportunity to renew acquaintances with old comrades in the spirit of fellowship and mutual respect.
The history collected here falls into three parts:
- A “History Over the Years 1933-1995” is re-printed from an article by William Gray published in KINO magazine in 1995.
- The years 1995 to 2015 are covered by summaries of the hard copy Annual Bulletins published on those years. A link to the 1995-2015 Bulletins is at the end of the 1933-1995 timeline below. Copies of the full hard copy Bulletins for those years will be lodged with an accessible public archive. The Society is currently (2020) exploring the most appropriate archive.
- Since 2015 the Annual Bulletins have been kept electronically as PDFs. This History page now contains links to the Bulletin for each of those years and will continue to do so in the future
This work is yet to be expanded to include the history and functions of the branches once they were established in each state.