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8 items from 2015


Banner year for Oz feature docs

14 July 2015 3:02 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

This is a golden era for Australian feature documentaries as typified by the five critically-acclaimed titles in contention for the best feature doc prize at the fifth Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.

Maya Newell.s Gayby Baby, Michael Ware and Bill Guttentag.s Only the Dead, Jen Peedom.s Sherpa, Damon Gameau.s That Sugar Film and Gillian Armstrong.s Women He.s Undressed are the nominees.

The Aacta Awards will be presented in Sydney in December, with the Seven Network telecasting the major awards on December 9.

Also revealed today were the nominees for best short animation and best short fiction film. In the running for the former are Adam Elliot.s Ernie Biscuit, Joe Brumm.s The Meek, Mikey Hill.s The Orchestra and Janette Goodey and John Lewis. The Story of Percival Pilts.

The nominees for best short fiction are Matt Holcomb.s Flat Daddy, »

- Don Groves

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Oz critics salute The Babadook

8 February 2015 12:10 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

After tying for best film with The Water Diviner at the Aacta Awards, Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook has won the major prizes at the Australian Film Critics Association annual film and writing awards.

The horror movie took the awards for best film, director, lead actress Essie Davis and supporting actor Noah Wiseman.

Emulating his Aacta Award, David Gulpilil was named best actor for Charlie.s Country. Sarah Snook (who was recognised as best actress for Predestination at the AACTAs) was the surprise winner for best supporting actress for These Final Hours.

Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer collected the original screenplay award and Charlie.s Country.s Ian Jones was feted as best DoP. Gulpilil received his best actor statue on Friday evening from Aaron Pedersen (last year's Afca best actor winner for Mystery Road) during the BlakNite event at Treasury Gardens. He dedicated the award to .the spirit of the country and his family. »

- Don Groves

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The Water Diviner leads Oz critics awards contenders

3 February 2015 7:40 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner is in the running for nine awards from the Film Critics Circle of Australia.

The Babadook and Predestination each scored eight nominations for the awards which will be presented on Tuesday 10 March in Sydney.

There are five nominations apiece for Charlie.s Country, Felony, The Rover and Tracks. Some 12 films released in calendar 2014 got nods.

Up for best film are The Babadook (producers Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere), Charlie.s Country (Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr and Nils Erik Nielsen), Predestination (Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan and Michael Spierig), Tracks (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman) and The Water Diviner ( Troy Lum, Andrew Mason and Keith Rodger).

Unlike the Aacta Awards, Crowe was nominated for best director alongside John Curran, de Heer, Jennifer Kent and the Spierig brothers.

Fcca president and ABC Radio host Rod Quinn said, .This year.s nominees show the diversity of the Australian »

- Don Groves

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Australian Academy Awards Shared by ‘Water Diviner’ and ‘The Babadook’

29 January 2015 2:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The top film prize at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts was shared by “The Water Diviner” and “The Babadook.”

Both films were by first time feature directors, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Kent, respectively.

Kent also claimed the Aacta award for best direction.

David Gulpilil’s performance in “Charlie’s Country” saw him awarded Best Lead Actor. “Predestination” star Sarah Snook was awarded Best Lead Actress. Susan Prior’s performance in “The Rover” earned her Best Supporting Actress prize and Yilmaz Erdogan was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his role in “the Water Diviner.”

The Railway Man was awarded for Best Adapted Screenplay, while “The Lego Movie,” shunned at the Oscars, took home the Aacta Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation.

The Aacta Award for Best Feature Length Documentary went to “Ukraine Is Not a Brothel.”

Further individual prizes went to: Rose Byrne, who collected the Trailblazer »

- Patrick Frater

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Aacta awards 2015 – as they happened

29 January 2015 2:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Water Diviner and The Babadook share top film honours and ABC’s The Code is the biggest TV winner. All the red carpet glitz, gossip and gongs from Sydney

Water Diviner and Babadook tie, but at least they’re AussieAactas red carpet: the stars arrive – in pictures

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The big winners? The Water Diviner and The Babadook for film, and The Code for its multiple awards in the telly categories.

Plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watching the cult classics of Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading/viewing pleasure.

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And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Debs are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest gong of the night: the award for »

- Nancy Groves and Alexandra Spring in Sydney

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Aacta awards 2015 – as they happened

29 January 2015 2:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Water Diviner and The Babadook share top film honours and ABC’s The Code is the biggest TV winner. All the red carpet glitz, gossip and gongs from Sydney

Water Diviner and Babadook tie, but at least they’re AussieAactas red carpet: the stars arrive – in pictures

8.58pm Aest

The big winners? The Water Diviner and The Babadook for film, and The Code for its multiple awards in the telly categories.

Plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watching the cult classics of Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading/viewing pleasure.

8.39pm Aest

And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Debs are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest gong of the night: the award for »

- Nancy Groves and Alexandra Spring in Sydney

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Babadook, Water Diviner share Aacta best film

29 January 2015 1:55 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.Scroll down for full list of winners

Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent thriller The Babadook have both won the Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for best film, marking the first time that two titles have shared the country’s top film prize.

The event in Sydney, hosted this year by actresses Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman, is only the 4th annual Aacta Awards but they were the result of an overhaul of the AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards, which were established in 1969.

The two winning films could not be more different from each other. Kent’s meticulously crafted low-budget claustrophobic thriller, The Babadook, is about a single mother who battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house.

Gladiator star Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is about »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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Historic tie for best film at the AACTAs

29 January 2015 12:54 AM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook and Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner tied for best film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) awards in Sydney.

That.s the first joint award for best film in AFI/Aacta history. Kent also collected the awards for best director (Crowe wasn't nominated in that category) and original screenplay.

Telecast on Network Ten, the awards drew just 297,000 viewers in the five metro cities last night, proving more popular in Melbourne (107,000) than Sydney (80,000).

Playmaker Media.s conspiracy thriller The Code collared the awards for best TV drama, lead actor in a TV drama (Ashley Zukerman), supporting actress (Chelsie Preston Crayford) and direction in a TV drama or comedy (Shawn Seet). The Longford Lyell Award, named for Australian cinema pioneers Raymond Longford and Lottie Lyell, went to screenwriter Andrew Knight, whose credits as head writer or co-writer include Fast Forward, Full Frontal, »

- Don Groves

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