Today was a black day forthe Australian film industry with the death last night of Rob Fisher, thefounding chief executive of one of only two long-standing completion bondcompanies in the country.
Fisher was known as astraight shooter and was very popular. He was a watchdog at the financial endof what is a very risky enterprise - and he could be very tough - but this wasno impediment to him forming many very warm friendships right across theindustry.
The First AustralianCompletion Bond Company (FACB) has underwritten more than half the Australianand
Corrie Soeterboek, who hasworked closely with Fisher for about a decade, is expected to take over thecompany.
One of Fisher's mostendearing characteristics was that there was little separation between hisprofessional and his personal lives. He is survived by his wife Janelle, theirtwo children Paul and Lizzie, and two children from his first marriage, Stewartand Llona, who works at FACB.
The death was expected, butalso very sudden: it all started with an aggressive skin melanoma, discoveredlast year.
Many will attend his funeralon Monday in Sydney. It will be followed by a reception at Film