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27/11/2019
Cinematographer carves out career from Safety Beach to city

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Anthony Littlechild was just two when he began reading and making people laugh at home in Frankston. At three he got his first acting gig on the Australian drama series Blue Heelers and the rest is history.  

Growing up in the film and television industry, 29-year-old Anthony spends most of his time behind the camera as a cinematographer but his passion for performance hasn’t dwindled. He explains: “It’s all I know, really. I’ve always wanted to be on a film set and still find it as exciting as I did when I began. Dad was a landscape gardener and Mum was a piano teacher, so I’m not sure where I got the performing bug from. Growing up as an actor on shows like Neighbours, City Homicide, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Gallipoli, I began to get interested in behind the scenes at 15. I made my first film at school at John Paul College in Frankston, then went on to study film and television at VCA and Swinburne and became committed to making films. I haven’t done any acting for a while but would jump at the chance if the opportunity came up.”

Moving as a 10-year-old to Safety Beach, where his family still resides, Anthony now divides his time between town and the Mornington Peninsula. With experience crewing on more than 200 productions in film and television, plus working on music videos for the likes of Oskar Proy and Tones and I, Anthony has set his sights on carving out a career where his passion for cinematography takes centre stage. He continues: “I spent four months shooting across the globe in 2017 for a travel show on Network 10, which also has an air date on the BBC.  I would love to do more of that kind of work, but filming music videos is also a blast. That’s the beauty of this kind of work. It’s versatile. I also have an equipment rental company which loans out cameras to people who don’t have their own gear.”

Steeped in all things small and big screen, this visually expansive young man has his camera-ready hands planted firmly in the performing arts sector. As the only child of parents with Egyptian, Greek and Cyprian heritage and a grandmother who, he jokes, insisted on him completing a university degree, Anthony speaks fluent Greek and knows how to converse with creatives who make things happen. He concludes: “My camera comes with me most days, whether I’m in town or in Safety Beach. I love going down to the pier and taking shots. As a kid I used to play soccer in Baxter and I still play on the Peninsula. I love hanging out on the beach too, but now because of my work I spend about half my time in town. I’ve worked as a cinematographer on feature films and done commercials for Uber, the LA Lakers and Carlton FC. It’s all work and it’s working in an industry that I absolutely love.”

Ripper, Anthony. Here’s proof that you can do what you love and make a living doing it.

LIZ ROGERS

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