Our 2012 recipient of the Ken G Hall Film Preservation Award, Sue played a long-term role in supporting the interests of the NFSA, as both an ardent advocate for the continued celebration of the film work of her parents Charles and Elsa Chauvel, and a passionate researcher into both their professional and family history.
With her son Ric, Sue represented, lobbied for, researched and wrote about Charles and Elsa Chauvel for most of her life. Her contributions include a 1989 published biography, numerous articles, presentations, support to other researchers, travel to remote locations of her father’s films, and her ongoing work on a definitive, detailed biography.
Personally, Sue remained a dynamo until this most recent illness. Her presentation at the Ken G Hall Film Preservation Award event in November last year made everyone sit up as she spoke articulately, with humour and pride, and acknowledged the constant support provided by Ric. She took great delight in the opportunity to further celebrate the Chauvel film legacy, as well as having the chance to dress to the nines and meet so many new admirers.
We will miss her as one of the NFSA’s timeless supporters and identities, and send Ric and her extended family our sincere sympathies.
Senior Curator – Film, Documents, Artefacts