Paris was at their feet – literally – when ABIE members Stéphane Jacob-Langevin and Bernard Bories were appointed Honorary Members of the Order of Australia by the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, on Monday, 12 November.
It was a bright winter day, and the city sparkled after the rainy Sunday Armistice ceremony that had bought Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove to France.
The Investiture Ceremony was held in the private residence of Australian Ambassador Mr Brendan Berne, with its sweeping views and backdrop of the Eiffel Tower.
Sir Peter praised both frenchmen for their important contributions to the understanding of Australian culture in France.
Stéphane Jacob-Langevin, Director and Founder of Arts d’Australie, has worked for more than 20 years promoting and marketing Aboriginal art, not only in France, but throughout Europe. He organised the highly successful Ghost Nets exhibition that premiered in Monaco and then travelled the world.
“I first saw Aboriginal art when I went to Australia as a student,” he said. “I’d never seen anything like it – it was a wow! – and that feeling has never left.”
Bernard Bories is the President and Founder of Cinema des Antipodes, and has been instrumental in introducing French audiences to Australian films both in the St Tropez and Cannes, where he organises a week of films during the competition.