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Vale Margaret Anne Smith

The independent documentary filmmaker Margaret Anne Smith passed away in Sydney on May 18 after a long illness. She was 69.

Margaret was a significant part of our life at Ronin Films. I knew her for maybe close to 50 years, from student days at the Anu onwards. She was a tenacious battler, holding strong principles and doing her best as a lone artist to stand by those principles.

She always did things her own way no matter what, and though she never gained the institutional support that her work deserved, she was never bitter: she took rejections philosophically and remained determined to get the results she wanted by herself.

Through her own business, Smith Street Films, Margaret had made films for broadcast and the education market since l987, when her first five minute short film Eora was bought by ABC TV.

She grew up in Sydney and studied for an Arts (Hons) degree at Sydney University,

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