Director of Cinematography, Gaetano “Nino” Martinetti, has been inducted into the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS)‘s Hall of Fame. Martinetti’s approach to cinematography is influenced by the different practices of film-making in Australia, Europe, America and South East Asia, working with various Directors, in different locations and peculiar lighting situations; resulting in his very flexible distinguished style, consistent with the available budget and available light.
In 1970, he moved from Rome to London to study English and there he developed his interest in photography. Travelling from England to Australia in 1973, Martinetti advanced his knowledge and passion of the arts and film-making. He studied Art & Design majoring in Photography, Film & Video at Prahran College of Advance Education in Melbourne.
Now after more than 40 years as a Director of Photography and Camera Operator, Martinetti has received five ACS Bronze Awards, five A.C.S. Silver Awards and seven A.C.S. Gold Awards. He has been nominated four times for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for Best Cinematography and, in 1994, won for the Feature Film Exile.
Martinetti has photographed many films and documentaries for internationally acclaimed Director Paul Cox. Review after review has praised Nino painter’s eye, his reputation grew within the industry as someone who could achieve beautiful results quickly and economically.
In recent years, he has been mentoring film students at universities such as Griffith University, Bond University and New York Film Academy and was the President of the ACS (State of Queensland) from 2004 to 2009.
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