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'Three Summers' to form Miff centrepiece

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Magna Szubanski in 'Three Summers'..

Ben Elton.s Three Summers will make its world premiere at the upcoming Melbourne International Film Festival (Miff), screening as the Centrepiece Gala..

Writer-director Elton shot the ensemble comedy, which stars Robert Sheehan, Rebecca Breeds, Michael Caton, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie and John Waters, last year in Western Australia. It was produced by Sue Taylor and Michael Wrenn..Set over three summers at a fictional folk music festival in Wa, the film follows two musicians (Sheehan and Breeds) as they fall in love..

.It.s a great thrill and also a great honour to have Three Summers selected as this year.s Miff Centrepiece Gala Presentation,. said the writer-director..

.I cannot think of a better start for our movie than to be centre stage at this famous festival, which is such a true champion of Australian filmmaking. It.s also very
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Aaron Jeffery to play Chopper Read in new TV miniseries

Dark Horizons is reporting that Aaron Jeffery (Wentworth, McLeod’s Daughters) is set to play the famed Australian criminal and author Mark ‘Chopper’ Read in the new TV miniseries Underbelly Files: Chopper. He will be joined in the cast by Michael Caton (Homicide, The Castle) as Chopper’s father Keith.

Chopper” Reid was one of Australia’s most notorious gangsters, and cut a swathe through the nation’s criminal underworld in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. He gained international recognition in 2000 with the success of Andrew Dominik’s film Chopper, which starred Eric Bana in the title role.

Underbelly redefined Australian drama when it first exploded onto our screens in 2008,” said Nine Network co-heads of drama Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney. “Now after a four-year break, it’s back with the riveting untold story of Australia’s most notorious and audacious gangster. This is “Chopper” as you’ve never seen him before,
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Win Urban Hymn on iTunes download and soundtracks

Urban Hymn from Bulldog Home Entertainment is coming to DVD and Digital HD from 30th January 2017, and to celebrate the release, we have 5 copies of the film on iTunes download and 5 copies of the soundtrack to win.

Michael Caton–Jones’ Urban Hymm, is released on DVD and Digital HD from 30th January.

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 British summer riots, Michael Caton–Jones’ Urban Hymn is a redemptive coming-of-age story set in South-West London and follows wayward teen, Jamie (Letitia Wright). Encouraged by inspiring and unconventional care worker Kate (Shirley Henderson) to use singing as a release from her troubled life, Jamie’s loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland).

Michael Caton-Jones makes a welcome return with the heart-warming Urban Hymn which won Best Film in the Generator +18 category at the Giffoni Film Festival and screened at the 2015 Toronto International
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Win Urban Hymn on DVD

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To mark the release of Urban Hymn on 30th January, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

Michael Caton–Jones’ Urban Hymn, is released on DVD and Digital HD from 30th January,.

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 British summer riots, Michael Caton–Jones’ Urban Hymn is a redemptive coming-of-age story set in South-West London and follows wayward teen, Jamie (Letitia Wright). Encouraged by inspiring and unconventional care worker Kate (Shirley Henderson) to use singing as a release from her troubled life, Jamie’s loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland).

Michael Caton-Jones makes a welcome return with the heart-warming Urban Hymn which won Best Film in the Generator +18 category at the Giffoni Film Festival and screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and Glasgow International Film Festival earlier this year. Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe, Filth, Trainspotting
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'Hacksaw Ridge' dominates the AACTAs

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Mel Gibson on the set of Hacksaw Ridge.. . Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge cleaned up at the 6th Aacta Awards ceremony last night, taking home five awards, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. . Gibson was honoured for Best Direction, while Andrew Garfield won Best Lead Actor and Hugo Weaving nabbed Best Supporting Actor. . .I need to thank Australia for making this film,. said Gibson in his acceptance speech. . He praised the "homegrown" film.s cast and crew, .the calibre of which is as good or better than anywhere in the world.. . .I.m not the only one who wants to make films here all the time, Ridley Scott said the same thing,. Gibson said. .I.m honoured to receive this.. . . The five awards add to the four Hacksaw Ridge already picked up earlier this week at the Aacta Industry Luncheon. The film was nominated in 13 categories overall. . Odessa Young
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'Hacksaw Ridge' sweeps the AACTAs

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Mel Gibson on the set of Hacksaw Ridge.. . Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge cleaned up at the 6th Aacta Awards ceremony last night, taking home five awards, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. . Gibson was honoured for Best Direction, while Andrew Garfield won Best Lead Actor and Hugo Weaving nabbed Best Supporting Actor. . .I need to thank Australia for making this film,. said Gibson in his acceptance speech. . He praised the "homegrown" film.s cast and crew, .the calibre of which is as good or better than anywhere in the world.. . .I.m not the only one who wants to make films here all the time, Ridley Scott said the same thing,. Gibson said. .I.m honoured to receive this.. . . The five awards add to the four Hacksaw Ridge already picked up earlier this week at the Aacta Industry Luncheon. The film was nominated in 13 categories overall. . Odessa Young
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Paul Hogan to be honoured with Longford Lyell Award

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John Cornell and Paul Hogan on The Paul Hogan Show.

Paul Hogan will receive this year.s Aacta Longford Lyell Award, the Australian Academy.s highest honour.

First presented to Ian Dunlop in 1968, the Longford Lyell Award honours Australian film pioneer Raymond Longford and his partner in filmmaking and life, Lottie Lyell..

It recognises a person who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia.s screen environment and culture. Previous recipients include Peter Weir, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Jan Chapman, David Stratton and most recently, Cate Blanchett.

Hogan will be bestowed with the award at the 6th Aacta Awards Ceremony on Wednesday evening, in a presentation that will honour his 45 year career. It will feature tributes from Shane Jacobson, Michael Caton, former Tourism Minister John Brown, Peter Faiman, Dave Hughes, Adam Hills, Ernie Dingo and The Paul Hogan Show co-star Delvene Delaney..

.I.m honoured to
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Isla Fisher takes out Aacta Trailblazer Award

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Isla Fisher..

Aacta has named Isla Fisher as the recipient of this year.s Aacta Trailblazer Award, designed to recognise .the achievements, abilities and successes of an Australian screen practitioner who inspires others with their portfolio of work."

The Aacta Trailblazer Award is a discretionary award, determined by the board and president of AFI | Aacta..It was first awarded to Rose Byrne.at the 4th Aacta Awards.

After her start on Home and Away, Fisher broke in the States with 2005 comedyThe Wedding Crashers. She has since gone on to star in the likes of.Definitely, Maybe; Confessions of a Shopaholic;.and The Brothers Grimsby.alongside husband Sasha Baron Cohen. Despite being a self-described 'comic actress', Fisher has also appeared in.The Great Gatsby and the recent Nocturnal Animals.

Outside of acting, Fisher also published two teen novels at age 18; 'Bewitched' and 'Seduced by Fame'. She has also co-written two scripts
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Poster and trailer for coming-of-age drama Urban Hymns

Ahead of its UK release later this month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for director Michael Caton-Jones’ coming-of-age drama Urban Hymn; take a look below…

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 British summer riots, Michael Caton–Jones’ Urban Hymn is a redemptive coming-of-age story set in South-West London and follows wayward teen, Jamie (Letitia Wright). Encouraged by inspiring and unconventional care worker Kate (Shirley Henderson) to use singing as a release from her troubled life, Jamie’s loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland).

Michael Caton-Jones (Memphis Belle, The Jackal), makes a welcome return with the heart-warming Urban Hymn which won Best Film in the Generator +18 category at the Giffoni Film Festival and screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and Glasgow International Film Festival earlier this year. Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe, Filth, Trainspotting) gives an incredibly moving performance as
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British Comedian Ben Elton Shoots Australia-set ‘Three Summers’

British comedian, novelist and screenwriter Ben Elton has begun production of “Three Summers,” his first film set in his adopted Australia.

The movie is an ensemble comedy set in the music festival scene and taking place over three consecutive years. Production takes place in the Peel Region of Western Australia.

“Three Summers” is an Invisible Republic / Taylor Media production, with principal investment from Screen Australia and ScreenWest. International sales are handled by Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight Films, with Transmission Films set as the Australian distributor.

Production is by Michael Wrenn of Invisible Republic (“Women He’s Undressed,” “The Rocket”) and Sue Taylor of Taylor Media (“Looking for Grace”.) Executive producer is Mark Anderson.

The cast includes Robert Sheehan (“Misfits”,) Rebecca Breeds (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”,) John Waters (TV’s “Offspring”,) Magda Szubanski (“Happy Feet,” “Babe”,) and Michael Caton (“Last Cab to Darwin”.)

“Festivals are the great levelers. We
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Brains behind web series Vtv enlist Caton, Jacobson for new VOD project

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Vtv.

Earlier this year, Australian comedy web series Vtv won the Best Comedy Award (Outstanding Comedy) at La WebFest..

Since then it's been selected to screen at KWeb Fest, Korea's largest web fest..

KWeb Fest has offered the series an exclusive distribution deal, making it available on some of Korea and China's leading mobile and VOD platforms..

Vtv was directed by Nir Shelter and co-written by Shelter, Tai Scrivener and Courtney Powell..

Shelter describes it as the story of "a TV executive and his quest to drive his successful station into the ground."

Needless to say, his attempts backfire. "The [station's] shows are more popular than ever. [So the series is] The Producers meets 30 Rock, essentially.".

Courtney Powell, one of the lead actors as well as writer, touts the show's "broad comedy appeal. Most people can relate to the increase of piss-weak television shows - reality TV is not just an Australian problem."

The series runs for thirteen episodes,
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Finalists announced for Wa Screen Awards Young Filmmaker of the Year

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Michael Caton and 2015 Young Filmmaker of the Year winner Lauren Brunswick

Nominees have been announced for the West Australian Screen Awards (Wasa) Young Filmmaker of the Year and include Briege Whitehead, Jess Black, Hayden Fortescue and Jordon Prince-Wright.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $5000 and a custom-made Geoffrey Drake-Brockman Wasa trophy..

Last year.s winner, producer Lauren Brunswick (Top Knot Detective) said the value of the award lived within its ability to empower other emerging filmmakers to feel they could achieve their ambitions.

"The feat of beginning a career becomes more manageable when we feel someone has tackled it before us. A spotlight of this nature allowed me to meet more people within the film community, feel the enormous support they offer, and remember to whittle the pressures of our aspirations down to a series of steps that we must collectively be brave to undertake,". she said.
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Last Cab to Darwin begins Us roll-out with New York opening today

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Ningali Lawford-Wolf and Michael Caton in Last Cab to Darwin.

Last Cab to Darwin is set to be released across the USA via Icon, starting in New York today, June 10, and rolling out across eight cities throughout June and July..

The Aacta-winning film starring Michael Caton screened on the closing night of the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January.

.I've spent the last 12 months being astounded by the universally positive and passionate response that Last Cab has engendered at festivals around the world," director Jeremy Sims said.

"The response to the genuinely Australian characters and situations we created has been one of recognition and affection. I'm hoping the film continues to build the scale of its audience for another 12 months."

Playdates so far include:

New York, NY

Cinema Village

Opens June 10, 2016

Los Angeles, CA

Laemmle Music Hall

Opens June 17, 2016

Boston, Ma

Landmark Kendall Square

Opens July 1, 2016

Santa Fe, Nm
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Michael Caton Jones’s 'Urban Hymn' scores UK deal

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Michael Caton Jones’s 'Urban Hymn' scores UK deal
Exclusive: Metro International inks UK deal for coming-of-age drama.

Metro International has secured an all rights deal for Michael Caton Jones’s (The Jackal) Urban Hymn with UK distributor Bull Dog for UK and Ireland.

The redemptive, coming of age drama stars Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting), Screen International Star of Tomorrow Letitia Wright (My Brother The Devil) and Isabella Laughland (Chubby Funny).

The story follows a neglected, wayward teen whose singing talent offers her an escape to a better life until she finds her loyalties torn between her inspiring, unconventional care worker and her possessive and volatile best friend.

Bull Dog is planning a theatrical release this autumn with a charity premiere benefit for Child Line Rocks, a subsidiary of ChildLine/Nspcc.

The film is written by Nick Moorcroft (St Trinians) and produced by Eclipse Films and Dashishah Global Film Production in association with Powderkeg Pictures, Head Gear Films and Kreo Films Fz.

Other recent
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The Dressmaker earns ten nominations as Fcca unveil award nominations

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Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker.

The Film Critics Circle of Australia, the national body of film reviewers, critics and writers, has unveiled the nominations for their annual awards.

The Dressmaker has garnered ten nominations while Last Cab to Darwin and Mad Max: Fury Road each received eight nominations..

Neil Armfield's Holding the Man earned seven nominations, Paper Planes and Cut Snake each have five, while Tanna received four.

"The spread of nominees from heralded blockbusters to small-scale independents highlights the diversity of Australian cinema", Fcca President Russell Edwards said..

"As the country's most important critical body looking at movies, we at the Film Critics Circle of Australia are pleased to be able to not only salute the box office, but also celebrate the innovative spirit"..

The nominees for best director are Neil Armfield, George Miller, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Jeremy Sims..

Nicole Kidman (Strangerland), Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road
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Klaus Härö’s Golden Globe-nominated "The Fencer" to Open Psiff, Closing, and Additional Programs Announced

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The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will launch on Friday, January 1 with Klaus Härö’s Golden Globe-nominated and Academy Award-shortlisted "The Fencer." The Festival’s closing night film will then screen on Sunday, January 10 with the U.S. premiere of "Last Cab to Darwin," directed by Jeremy Sims. The Festival announced its complete lineup of films including Talking Pictures, Special Presentations and additional programming. A total of 176 films will screen in this year’s festival from January 1-11.

“Bookending the festival are two films from opposite sides of the globe, both of which promise an emotionally stirring film-going experience,” said Artistic Director Helen du Toit. “'The Fencer' is the ideal opener for Palm Springs – not just because it is a beautifully made film, and a crowd-pleaser, but also because Finnish director Klaus Härö has become a festival favorite over the years. We are equally excited to be wrapping the festival with the Us premiere of Jeremy Sims’ 'Last Cab to Darwin,' a road movie/comedy set in the Australian outback and featuring the irresistible Michael Caton as a man who, while trying to expedite his own demise, finally learns how to live.”

Opening and Closing Screenings

Opening night title "The Fencer" is a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and Finland’s Best Foreign Language Oscar® submission. The film is about a young fencer in the early 1950s who, while hiding from the Russian secret police, becomes a physical education teacher in an Estonian village. His after-school sporting club brings inspiration to students and teacher alike, but the past catches up and faces him with a difficult choice.

The Festival will close with the U.S. premiere of "Last Cab to Darwin" directed by Jeremy Sims. In this warm-hearted road movie Rex is a loner, and when he’s told he doesn’t have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms. But his journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you've got to share it. The film stars Michael Caton and Jackie Weaver.

Talking Pictures

Every year, the Festival presents a series of special programs devoted to exploring the careers and creative choices of the top talents in the world of cinema, including Oscar®-caliber actors and directors in conversation with leading entertainment journalists. Each program includes a film screening and an on-stage conversation.

Golden Globe nominee Lily Tomlin will attend the screening of Sony Pictures Classics’ "Grandma" and participate in an on-stage interview immediately following, presented by Tribeca Short List. Elle Reid has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing 600 dollars before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash and their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

Director Asif Kapadia will attend the screening of his documentary "Amy," a sympathetic and revealing portrait of Amy Winehouse which employs the singer’s own candid footage and creative visualizations of her lyrics to illuminate the story of her all-too-short life and career.

“The Talking Pictures program creates once in a lifetime opportunities for audiences to hear directly from some of the year’s hottest Oscar ®contenders — and this year is no exception,” said Festival Director Darryl Macdonald. “Golden Globe nominee Lily Tomlin will discuss her widely acclaimed work in 'Grandma' following the film’s screening; and director Asif Kapadia will join us to unpack his heartbreaking, intimate documentary 'Amy.' ”

Special Presentations

The Festival will hold three special presentations. Golden Globe-nominated "The Brand New Testament," which is also the Best Foreign Language Oscar submission from Belgium, directed by Jaco Van Dormael and starring Pili Groyne, Benoit Poelvoorde and Catherine Deneuve. The film is a high-concept satire in which God accidentally sets off a panic after his disgruntled daughter leaks the apocalyptic plans stored on his computer. The U.S. premiere of "Eye in the Sky," directed by Gavin Hood and starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul, is a thriller set in the world of remotely piloted aircraft warfare. "The Revenant," directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as frontiersman Hugh Glass, is nominated for three Golden Globe awards including Best Picture-Drama, Best Actor-Drama and Best Director.

Dinner and a Movie

The festival will screen the documentary "Cooking Up a Tribute," directed by Luis Gonzalez and Andrea Góme, as part of its Dinner & a Movie program. The film follows famed restaurateurs Josep, Jordi and Joan Roca as they take their renowned El Celler de Can Roca on the road, exploring and incorporating the native cuisines of Mexico, Colombia and Peru in their cooking. And the screening will be followed by a dinner at Mr. Lyons restaurant with a menu by chef Tara Lazar and Masterchef finalist Stephen Lee
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'The Fencer', 'Last Cab To Darwin' bookend Psiff

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'The Fencer', 'Last Cab To Darwin' bookend Psiff
The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will launch on January 1 with Klaus Härö’s Finnish Golden Globe nominee and shortlisted foreign-language Oscar hopeful The Fencer.

The festival’s closing night film on January 10 is the Us premiere of Jeremy SimsLast Cab To Darwin.

“The Fencer is the ideal opener for Palm Springs – not just because it is a beautifully made film, and a crowd-pleaser, but also because Finnish director Klaus Härö has become a festival favourite over the years,” said artistic director Helen du Toit.

“We are equally excited to be wrapping the festival with the Us premiere of Jeremy SimsLast Cab To Darwin, a road movie/comedy set in the Australian outback and featuring the irresistible Michael Caton as a man who, while trying to expedite his own demise, finally learns how to live.”

Top brass confirmed that the Talking Pictures programme will feature on-stage post-screening conversations with Amy director [link=nm
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'Mad Max: Fury Road,' Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett Win Big at Australian Academy Awards

'Mad Max: Fury Road,' Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett Win Big at Australian Academy Awards
"Mad Max: Fury Road" and director Jocelyn Moorhouse's indie hit "The Dressmaker" dominated the major categories at the 5th Australian Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, as the former continues to show strength with critics and voters alike this Oscar season. Watch: "How George Miller Made 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (Exclusive)" The Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director George Miller won Best Film and Best Director at Australia's equivalent to the Oscars, while "The Dressmaker," about a woman (Winslet, herself a Globes nominee for "Steve Jobs") who returns to her small town to exact revenge for past wrongs, took three of the four acting prizes—Actress Winslet, Supporting Actor Hugo Weaving, and Supporting Actress Judy Davis. Veteran Australian performer Michael Caton won Best Actor for road movie "Last Cab to Darwin." Globe nominee Cate Blanchett ("Carol") won the Aacta's...
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Stars turn out for the Aacta awards as Cate Blanchett is honoured for achievements – video

Stars including Michael Caton, Teresa Palmer, Anthony Lapaglia and Bindi Irwin walk the red carpet at the annual Aacta awards on Wednesday night, dominated by Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dressmaker. Richard Roxburgh discusses presenting close friend Cate Blanchett with a lifetime achievement award and jokes that Blanchett is concerned to be receiving the honour so early in the piece

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Mad Max, Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett Win Big at the Australian Academy

Glenn here. As expected, it was a big night for Oscar hopeful Mad Max: Fury Road at the Aacta Awards last night, while Cate Blanchett gave yet another wonderful speech upon winning the Longford Lyell Award for outstanding achievement to Australian screen. Split over two ceremonies in Sydney, this year’s “Australian Oscars” were honouring the most successful year for Australian film on record – yes, that means of all time (inflation not included) – as well as television. Miller’s film picked up eight trophies all up, bringing the total number of AFI/Aacta Awards won by the franchise to 16, while Miller has now amassed 8 career statues. Yes, eight!!

Jocelyn Moorhouse’s homegrown phenomenon The Dressmaker was also a hit winning five including for actors Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, and Hugo Weaving as well as the audience choice award, which goes to show just how popular that period western has been
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