Cinematographer John “Brolga” Bowring A.C.S., who owns Lemac -Australia’s largest privately owned film & digital equipment supplier- has died suddenly.
He died in Hong Kong of a suspected aneurism, on his way home from the US. His wife was with him in Hong Kong.
Bowring’s standing in the industry is significant, with Lemac offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane constantly hiring equipment to dozens of productions. For over 35 years Lemac has been synonymous with cameras, offering sales and service, production support, crewing and facilities.
Passionate about cameras and cinematography, Bowring passed on his expertise to many aspiring camera operators, who are now working in the biz whilst also developing new equipment for productions with unusual demands. He was also respected by the New Zealand industry.
Before the days of videotape being widely used on location, Bowring was in constant demand as a cameramen shooting on 16mm. He filmed for all of the commercial networks, the ABC and the BBC shows including The Paul Hogan Show, Shirls’ Neighbourhood, Hey Hey it’s Saturday and Clive James’ Postcard programs. He also shot all of Nine’s “Still the One” promos.