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2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

2015 Pascall Prize Recipient - Evan Williams AM

Evan Williams AM

2015 Geraldine Pascall Foundation
Lifetime Achievement Award

Evan Williams AM was born in Sydney in 1934 and has had a varied career in journalism, politics and the arts. He has written film reviews for The Sydney Morning Herald {1968-70), Australian Playboy {1979-80) and Quadrant {1992-97), was a member of ABC- TV's The Critics panel during the 1990s, and from 1981 to 2014 wrote regular film reviews for The Australian and The Weekend Australian.

Evan began his journalistic career in 1952, worked in The Sydney Morning Herald's Canberra bureau, served as head of Fairfax's London office from 1964-67 and later as a senior Herald feature writer and literary editor. He joined The Sunday Australian at its launch in 1971 and was the paper's second editor from 1971to 1972.

He won a Walkley Award for journalism in 1970, was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006 and a Life Member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia in 2015.

From 1973 to 1977 he worked as a speechwriter for the Hon. E.G. Whitlam before being appointed head of the NSW Government's arts and cultural sector, serving under premiers Neville Wran, Barrie Unsworth, Nick Greiner, John Fahey, Bob Carr, Morris lemma, Nathan Rees and Kristina Keneally, until his retirement from the public service in 2011.

He has been a member of the board of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Opera House Trust, the Sydney Festival and the Sydney Olympic Cultural Commission.

Evan William's acceptance speech

Evan William's Biography

Lifetime Award Citation 


2015 MEDIA RELEASE

Film critic and cinema-lover Evan Williams AM has won the inaugural Geraldine Pascall Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented to a critic whose body of work exemplifies the values of the Foundation and the Pascall Prize.

Evan was film critic for The Australian and The Weekend Australian from 1981 until late 2014. He also reviewed films for The Sydney Morning Herald (1968-71), Australian Playboy (1979-80) and Quadrant (1992-98). He was a member of the Australian Film Institute Jury in 1978 and 1979.

His love of film is such that he installed his own home theatre some three decades ago. Evan is a trustee of the Sydney Opera House and chaired the Commonwealth Film and Literature Board of Review from 1988 to 1993. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006.

A former Associate Editor of The Australian and The Sunday Telegraph and former editor of TheSunday Australian, he won a Walkley Award for journalism in 1970, wrote speeches for Prime Minister Gough Whitlam from 1973 to 1977 and headed of the NSW Government Ministry of the Arts from its inception in 1988 until 2001. He was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006 and a Life Member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia in 2015.

The inaugural Geraldine Pascall Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Evan Williams AM on Saturday 23 May, 2015 at the Sydney Writers Festival. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion on the topic ‘Everyone’s a Critic, But Should They Be?’

Rea Francis, Director, Geraldine Pascall Foundation

2015 Pascall Prize Media Release

Past Recipients

2014 RECIPIENT

James Ley

2013 RECIPIENT

Dr Kerryn Goldsworthy

2012 RECIPIENT

James Bradley

2011 RECIPIENT

Geordie Williamson

2010 RECIPIENT

Mark Mordue

2009 RECIPIENT

Alison Croggon

2007 RECIPIENT

Paul Byrnes

2006 RECIPIENT

Robert Forster

2005 RECIPIENT

Gerard Windsor

2004 RECIPIENT

Peter Craven

2003 RECIPIENT

Julie Rigg

2002 RECIPIENT

Noel Purdon

2001 RECIPIENT

Elizabeth Farrelly

2000 RECIPIENT

Robert Nelson

1999 RECIPIENT

Andrew Riemer

1998 RECIPIENT

Andrew Ford

1997 RECIPIENT

Adrian Martin

1996 RECIPIENT

Bruce Elder

1995 RECIPIENT

John McCallum

1994 RECIPIENT

Sandra Hall

1993 RECIPIENT

Roger Covell & Cyrus Meher-Homji

1992 RECIPIENT

Alan Saunders

1991 RECIPIENT

Joanna Mendelssohn

1990 RECIPIENT

Marion Halligan

1988 RECIPIENT

David Malouf

Pascall Prize Galleries

Past Recipients

2014: 
James Ley

2013: 
Dr Kerryn Goldsworthy

2012: 
James Bradley

2011
Geordie Williamson

2010
Mark Mordue

2009
Alison Croggon

2007
Paul Byrnes

2006
Robert Forster

2005
Gerard Windsor

2004
Peter Craven

2003
Julie Rigg

2002
Noel Purdon

2001
Elizabeth Farrelly

2000
Robert Nelson

1999
Andrew Riemer

1998
Andrew Ford

1997
Adrian Martin

1996
Bruce Elder

1995
John McCallum

1994
Sandra Hall

1993
Roger Covell & Cyrus Meher-Homji

1992
Alan Saunders

1991
Joanna Mendelssohn

1990
Marion Halligan

1988
David Malouf

2015 Pascall
@SWF: 

"EVERYONE'S A CRITIC,
BUT SHOULD THEY BE?"

SATURDAY 23 MAY, 4:30PM - 5:30PM
SYDNEY DANCE 2, PIER 4/5
HICKSON ROAD WALSH BAY

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