Film and television director Howard Rubie, whose career spanned more than 50 years, has died.
Rubie worked in most facets of the Australian film industry but is best known as a prolific director of TV drama.
He began his cinematography career in the 1950s as a gopher at Kingcroft Studios in Sydney, Australia. In 1953 he started working for Cinesound as a camera assistant and later went to work at Ajax Studios as a cameraman and eventually as a director. His experiences were one of the inspirations for the iconic feature film Newsfront.
He worked on many television commercials and documentaries, as well as directing episodes of television series such as The Rovers, Barrier Reef, Boney, Spyforce, Shannon’s Island, Chopper Squad, Special Squad, Mission: Top Secret, Search for Treasure Island and Escape of the Artful Dodger.
He also worked on Woobinda, Animal Doctor, Certain Women and Over There for the ABC, and the mini-series Silent Reach.
In the 1980s, Rubie designed and directed professional courses for the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
He was recognised by 17 industry awards, among them an Emmy and an AFI nomination and was inducted into the Australian Cinematographers Society’s Hall of Fame in 2010.
He passed away last month in Sydney at the age of 72.