After completing an M.A. on the history of Australian cinema at the Australian National University, Canberra, Andrew worked as a cinema manager for a number of years while he researched and co-authored (with Ross Cooper) a major book documenting Australia's film history, Australian Film 1900 - 1977, published by Oxford University Press in 1980. Andrew also researched and wrote many articles on film, published in magazines and newspapers; and made several short films.
Andrew also served for three years as Consultant to the National Library's National Film Collection, on the acquisition of films for study purposes in schools and universities. He also worked for three years as a Research Fellow in the Department of Pacific History at the A.N.U. There he co-directed an award-winning documentary, ANGELS OF WAR , about the experiences of the people of Papua New Guinea in World War Two.
In 1974, he formed Ronin Films with his wife, Dr Merrilyn Pike, a specialist in China studies. The company was involved in many innovative distribution and marketing activities, especially the theatrical release of documentaries.
Andrew has a keen interest in policy issues affecting the film industry as a whole and is a frequent contributor to debates on industry issues. For example, he instigated forums on film culture at both the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals in the year 2000. He was also engaged as a consultant on regional cinemas by the New South Wales Film and Television Office.
Andrew is also active in promoting an expansion of audiences and a wider public appreciation of all aspects of cinema. For many years he wrote programme notes for a weekly newsletter that was emailed to over 4,500 cinema patrons in Canberra. He also makes occasional ABC radio broadcasts, and gives occasional courses on film appreciation for the adult education service at the Australian National University.
He was an advocate for the formation of a viable film and television office in the Canberra region, and was a Founding Member and Secretary of the A.C.T. Film and Television Council, Inc.
2017: appointed Director of the Canberra International Film Festival.
2009: began an on-going association with the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, initially as a Jury member in their annual Awards, and subsequently from 2010 to the present day as Chair of the MPA APSA Film Fund. This fund has achieved an unusually high success-rate among the projects it has supported financially in the Asia-Pacific region, most notably Asghar Fahardi’s Oscar-winning A SEPARATION (2011) from Iran.
2008: appointed to the Board of the newly created independent National Film and Sound Archive, and served until 2012.
2007: Awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for his services to the film industry and the community.
2005: Plaque erected in the ACT Honour Walk in Canberra City, for contributions to the community.
2004: Named by the Canberra Times as one of 75 Canberra citizens who have contributed to the shape and vitality of the local community.
2003: Founding Member and Secretary of the A.C.T. Film and Television Council, Inc.
2003: Appointed by the French Government to the rank of Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres for his work in the distribution and exhibition of French cinema in Australia.
2000 - 2003: Member of the Council of the National Film and Sound Archive.
1999: Founding Member of the Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive, Inc. Elected President of the Friends in 2004.
1992: Special award from the Australian Film Critics' Circle for contributions to the film industry.
1989 - 1992: Member of the Board of the Australian Film Commission.
1986: Won the Australian Film institute’s Byron Kennedy Award for contributions to the film industry.
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