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Oz critics laud 'Canoes,' 'Jindabyne'

31 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

SYDNEY -- Australia's film critics picked Rolf de Heer's Ten Canoes as their top film of the year Friday at the annual Film Critics Circle of Australia awards ceremony in Melbourne.

Ten Canoes took three awards in total, one shy of the four earned by Jindabyne. Ray Lawrence picked up the best director award for Jindabyne, while the psychological thriller also took nods for best supporting actress (Deborra-Lee Furness) and best adapted screenplay (Beatrix Christian). Jindabyne lenser David Williamson shared his cinematography award with Ten Canoes Ian Jones.

Aside from the top film prize and shared cinematographer honor, Ten Canoes to the best editing prize for Tania Nehme. Balanda and the Bark Canoes, a documentary about the making of Ten Canoes, won the critics prize for best short documentary.

Neil Armfield's Candy picked up two awards: best actress for Abbie Cornish and best supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush.

Privately financed comedy Kenny, which has taken more than AUS$6 million ($4.5 million) at the boxoffice here to date, received two awards --Shane Jacobson received the best actor award and shared the best original screenplay nod with brother Clayton Jacobson.


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