ITA BUTTROSE, AO OBE
Ita Buttrose is one of Australia’s best known and loved people – a living legend. She has a distinguished background in journalism, including as founding editor of Cleo magazine, as well as having been editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, editor of the Sunday Telegraph, serving on the board of News Limited, and publishing her own Ita magazine. In 2011, her experiences in founding Cleo were brought to the small screen in the landmark mini-series Paper Giants.
Ita has a passion for the arts, having inherited a love of opera and theatre from her father Charles Buttrose, who himself also enjoyed a long and distinguished career in journalism. In more recent years, Ita has reached out to a great number of people on the speaking circuit, and has helped raise awareness of crucial health issues by heading national bodies on Alzheimer’s Disease and Macular Degeneration. She had no hesitation in accepting the offer to be a founding KTC patron, and the company is honoured to have her patronage.
Bruce Beresford has long been recognized as among Australia’s finest film directors. He got his start in the 1970s directing landmark features such as The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, starring Barry Humphries, and the screen versions of David Willamson’s Don’s Party, Henry Handel Richardson’s The Getting of Wisdom, and Puberty Blues. In 1980, he scored an international hit with Breaker Morant, and went on to direct Tender Mercies – for which he was nominated for an Academy Award – The Fringe Dwellers, Crimes of the Heart, Driving Miss Daisy and Black Robe. His most recent films include Mao’s Last Dancer, and Peace Love and Misunderstanding.
Bruce also has a love of opera and his production of Elektra (Strauss), staged for the State Opera Company of South Australia and performed in Melbourne and Adelaide won the award for Best Opera Production in 1991. Bruce has also directed operas, including in recent years acclaimed productions of The Dead City, A Streetcar Named Desire and Of Mice and Men.
Bruce is married to author Virginia Duigan, sister of another renowned Australian screen director, John Duigan. Bruce and Virginia are keen bushwalkers, and are regular visitors to the Blue Mountains.
JACK THOMPSON, AM
Jack Thompson is an icon of Australian cinema and theatre. In 2002, he was made honorary member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS). He is best known as a lead actor in several acclaimed Australian films including popular classics Sunday Too Far Away (1975), The Man from Snowy River (1982) and Breaker Morant (1980) for which he won Cannes and AFI acting awards. He was the recipient of a Living Legend Award at the 2005 Inside Film Awards.
Most recently Jack starred in Baz Luhrman’s Australia. Jack is also an accomplished musician and patron of Blue Mountains Performing Arts Association (BOOMPA). A passionate supporter of the performing arts community for many years, his contribution to our committee is invaluable.