The Butchery are closing after twelve years in business

It is with a tinge of sadness that we announce the closure of The Butchery & Refinery in Melbourne and Sydney.

After what has been an incredible twelve years creating fine cuts and refined work with many lovely and talented people, its time to say goodbye.

We would like to thank all of our clients and partners for your support and the incredible opportunities we’ve had to deliver such a vast array of creative and award winning work for production companies, agencies, and clients around Australia, New Zealand, the UK, USA, Asia and other parts of the world.

To our team, built completely organically over the years, we’d like to say thanks publicly again for your friendship, dedication and commitment. You all truly made our small humble company what it was – a family – and we wish you all the very best for the next step in your respective journeys.

We’d also like to recognise all the previous staff or creative talent that have been part of that family in earlier years. We’ve had a large number of assistants go on to successful careers, junior editors become senior editors, or flame artists, support staff grow into amazing producers and key personnel end up in production, as colourists, or as film directors.

All at The Butchery and Refinery have been humbled by the friendship, trust, and the many and varied creative partnerships we have built over the years. The messages of well wishing and congratulations on the end of an era we’ve been receiving over the past week have been lovely to read and hear.

As the partners, producers, editors, flame artists, assistants and support staff move on to new projects, businesses, and interests, you’ll still see us all out in the industry in various capacities and we certainly hope to continue these same connections well into the future, albeit in a different guise, space or workplace. We’ll be adding a list of personal emails to our website in the coming days if you would like to get in touch with someone directly.

Thanks again, it’s been our pleasure.

Jack, Rohan, Eugene, Drew and all at The Butchery and Refinery

As we draw to a close we would like to give clients the opportunity to request any Masters or Submasters you may require. Please make all requests to by April 30th, and note that no further material will be available after May 17th.

For any additional enquiries regarding projects in production or pending, or further project revisions, please contact

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