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David Lightfoot Dies: Australian Producer Behind ‘Wolf Creek’, ‘Rogue’ & More Was 61

David Lightfoot, the Australian producer behind Wolf CreekRogue and more, died in an Adelaide hospital on Sunday, after suffering a heart attack. He was 61.

News of his passing was confirmed via the official Facebook page for Ultrafilms, the production company he founded in 1997.

“It is with deep sadness that Ultrafilms announces the death of founder David Lightfoot, who passed away in hospital on Sunday 13th June 2021 after heart issues,” read their statement. “David Lightfoot was one of the most experienced and widely regarded production executives in the country…David dedicated his life to the film industry, and was passionate about Australian film and telling Australian stories.”

“David…was a close friend of mine for 20 years and a generous mentor,” producer Sabella Sugar told Deadline. “He gave so much and he touched so many lives.”

Lightfoot embarked on his career in film in 1982, joining the South Australian Film Corporation after playing cricket for South Australia and spending a period of time in the army.

The award-winning producer’s most notable projects included two films from Greg McLean, including 2005 horror-thriller Wolf Creek, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, before moving on to the Directors’ Fortnight section of Cannes. The other, distributed by the Weinstein Company, was the 2007 action-thriller Rogue, which starred Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington and more.

Lightfoot also produced the Australian films BabeBad Boy BubbyThe Sound of One Hand Clapping and Japanese Story, among others. The last project the producer completed was the 2020 Tony Ginnane film Never Too Late, starring James Cromwell, Dennis Waterman, Roy Billing, Shane Jacobson, Jack Thompson, Jacki Weaver and more. At present, Ultrafilms is pressing ahead to complete production on A Faraway Christmas, in Lightfoot’s honor. That film will be produced by Sabella Sugar and Roadshow Films’ former Head of Productions, Seph McKenna.

During the course of his 30 years in the entertainment industry, Lightfoot also worked as a location manager, production manager and first assistant director, and occasionally, as an actor.

The producer is survived by his son Joshua, among others. No memorial plans have been revealed.

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