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SYDNEY -- Nominations in an additional three international categories at the upcoming Australian Film Institute Awards were announced Monday by AFI president James Hewison.
Aimed at recognizing the achievements of Australians in internationally produced film and television, the additional categories were added to the AFI awards roster several years ago and join the nominations in film and TV categories announced last month.
AFI International Award for Excellence in Filmmaking nominations include Donald McAlpine (cinematography for "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"); Roger Ford (production design for "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"); Dion Beebe (cinematography for Memoirs of a Geisha) and Roger Donaldson (producing/direction/screenplay for The World's Fastest Indian).
LONDON -- British-based indie distributor Icon Film Distribution on Wednesday said it has set up its own U.K. home entertainment division and hired former HMV chief Ian Dawson to spearhead the unit. Dawson, most recently HMV head of DVD and related products, will take up his new post at the beginning of October and will report to Icon U.K. CEO Martin Bigham, the company said. The new London-based division replaces previous deals Icon has struck with Warner Bros. in the U.K. to handle home video titles, a spokesperson said. The last films released through Icon's deal with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment were The World's Fastest Indian and Romance and Cigarettes. »
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Films directed by New Zealanders helped to rescue the Kiwi boxoffice last year. According to figures released Tuesday by the Movie Producers and Distributors Assn., those films grossed NZ$146.8 million ($99.8 million) here compared with NZ$152.8 million in 2004. MPDA executive director Bill Hood said there was a resurgence in the last quarter of 2005, when the boxoffice was up 26% from the same period a year ago because of releases with strong Kiwi links: Roger Donaldson's The World's Fastest Indian, Peter Jackson's King Kong and Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, all of which were filmed here. »
3 items from 2006
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