Kim shooting his fourth SACOME/GMUSG regional resources conference in August
Mines on Film
A Port Pirie filmmaker may seem an unlikely service provider to the resources industry, but Kim Mavromatis is equally at home creating an award winning Aboriginal history documentary as he is producing a training video for a local mining operation. By Megan Andrews
Kim has just finished filming the annual SACOME /GMUSG regional resources conference, a gig he’s been tasked with the last four years. A Port Pirie local, he’s relatively well known among the local resources industry, having filmed at many nearby mine sites including BHP Billiton, Iluka Resources and Arrium and commissioned by the SA Mining and Quarrying Occupational Health and Safety Committee to produce a series of safety films for the industry. Kim (or Mav as he’s affectionately known) has also produced a range of documentaries. One of his most widely acclaimed films, a documentary about white settlement of South Australia filmed for TV (King’s Seal, co-produced with Quenten Agius) was recently selected for a Toronto film festival. His free to download video, Aboriginal Heritage Training ISSUE 01 RESOURCING SA Spring 2015
and Safety, also co-produced with Quenten, has 18,000 views and downloads. Clearly passionate about remote South Australia, Kim’s affinity with Aboriginal history and culture is also obvious in his range of work, which has often necessitated partnerships with local Aboriginal communities and elders, whose trust he has earnt. Contracting to BHP Billiton for 11 years producing safety and training videos helped him get a foothold in the industry. “I would say 30-40% of my work is from within the resources industry now,” Kim says. “Some of the mining companies prefer someone who is local; they all want someone they can trust.” Kim understands the importance of keeping up with the newest global trends and technology, and is looking forward to using
drones with some of his future work. He recently applied for a federal government skills training grant to qualify as a licensed aerial drone controller and operator. The application was successful and Kim completed his drone controller training in Victoria. Two days after drone training, the short documentary he submitted to Sydney’s Footprints Eco Film Festival - “Bobby Brown Homelands” (about living with the legacy of British nuclear testing) - won the award for best film. The major prize a $2,000 voucher for video equipment. “The first thing I saw when I looked at the prize supplier’s website was a drone on sale - $2,000 exactly” he laughs. A veteran of the industry and recipient of 60 awards to date, Kim received a solid grounding in video production through the local Pirie TV station, starting in graphic design when he finished school and working up to camera operator, editor, director and producer. “In those days you had to do everything,” he explains. Eventually he moved on, making the bold decision to sell his house and use the entire $100,000 proceeds to fund his video equipment and set up his own business. “That was 23 years ago” Kim muses “You’d get it all for $15,000 now!” But you couldn’t buy the 40 years of experience - and you certainly couldn’t buy the trust.
Published on Sep 25, 2015
This is the launch issue of Resourcing SA, a magazine focused on the people, communities and stories surrounding South Australia's dynamic m...