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Animal Kingdom, a perfect 10 at AFI Awards

11 December 2010 5:29 PM, PST | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

It was a night of success for Animal Kingdom at last night’s 2010 Samsung AFI Awards; the event’s final year in Melbourne before moving to Sydney went out with the blast of a shotgun as the tale of Melbourne’s underworld criminals won 10 prizes. Glenn Dunks reports.

David Michôd’s film won every major category except Best Supporting Actress, which went to Deborah Mailman for musical Bran Nue Dae. Stuart Beattie took home the statue for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Tomorrow, When the War Began, and mentioned he has recently started writing the sequel. Hollywood stars Sam Worthington and Mia Wasikowksa took home the Best International Actor and Actress awards, but the biggest surprise was the win for Contact in Best Documentary.

The TV categories were dominated by Network Ten, which won awards for Rush, Hawke and Offspring (Mailman’s second award for the night), while Catherine McClements beat her co-star, »

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Animal Kingdom To Rack Up Awards (...In Australia)

28 October 2010 6:48 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Remember that one year (2001) when the list-happy AFI (American Film Institute) decided to compete with the Globes and the Oscars in year end prizes? No, that didn't last long. But there's another AFI, The Australian Film Institute, that has been around for a long time and is in no such danger of being a one-off. This year, they're all about the amazing family crime drama Animal Kingdom which they awarded with a record breaking 18 nominations. Sure, the film is in danger of being way overhyped for people who are coming to it late (which is just about everyone given the sorry state of international distribution for dramas of virtually any kind) but for those who can slough off the "omg" raves, I guarantee you'll think it at least an insinuating and well executed crime drama.

AFI Favorites with multiple nominations

Its main competition for the coveted prizes, if you go by nomination counts, »


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Animal Kingdom leads AFI nominations

26 October 2010 8:57 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Animal Kingdom received 18 nominations for this year’s Australian Film Institute Awards, followed by Beneath Hill 60 (12), Bright Star (11), Tomorrow, When the War Began (8), The Tree, Bran Nue Dae (7 each) and The Boys Are Back (4)

The Best Film category will see Animal Kingdom competing against Beneath Hill 60, Bright Star, Bran Nue Dae, The Tree and Tomorrow, When the War Began.

Australia’s top rated drama productions – Packed to the Rafters and Underbellly: The Golden Mile – were both absent from the main Television categories (except for Underbelly‘s two acting nods).

The winners will be revealed on December 10 (Industry Awards) and 11 (main Awards Ceremony) in Melbourne.

This is the full list of nominees:

AFI Members’ Choice Award

Animal Kingdom. Liz Watts. Beneath Hill 60. Bill Leimbach. Bran Nue Dae. Robyn Kershaw, Graeme Isaac. Bright Star. Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt. The Boys Are Back. Greg Brenman, Tim White. Tomorrow When The War Began. »

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Kingdom, BH60, Mao and Waiting City up for Music Awards

7 October 2010 5:07 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Animal Kingdom (A. Partos/S. Petty) , Beneath Hill 60 (C. Skubiszewski), Mao’s Last Dancer (C. Gordon) and The Waiting City (M. Yezerski) are competing for the Best Feature Film Score at this year’s Screen Music Awards.

In the television categories My Place (R. Mason), Rescue Special Ops (N. Tyson-Chew), Tangle (B. Marks) and Underbelly (B. Dallwitz) have been selected for the Best Music for a Television Series category.The 2010 Screen Music Awards, presented by Apra (Australasian Performing Right Association) and the Agsc (Australian Guild of Screen Composers) will be held at BMW Edge in Melbourne on Tuesday 9 November.

The nominees are:

Best Feature Film Score

Title Animal Kingdom Composers Antony Partos and Sam Petty Title Beneath Hill 60 Composer Cezary Skubiszewski Publisher Albert Music Title Mao’s Last Dancer Composer Christopher Gordon Title The Waiting City Composer Michael Yezerski Publisher Sandcastle Music Pty Ltd

Best Music for a »

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Michod conquers directors’ kingdom

23 September 2010 5:29 AM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

David Michod has won the Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction – Feature Film for Animal Kingdom – and shared the Best Stand Alone Documentary with Jennifer Peedom for Solo.

This is a summary of our live Twitter coverage of the event, which took place on Thursday night in Sydney:

Minister for the Arts Virginia Judge gives opening speech, talking about the state’s well known and publicised screen plans… such as AFI awards coming to Sydney, $25m extra funding, etc. Best Direction Tvc: Tim Bullock, Nothing Soft Gets In (Toyota). Best Original Online Program: Clayton Jacobson, Mordy Koots. Best Cross-Platform Interactive Project: Marcus Gillezeau, Storm. That’s a new category this year. Best Music Clip: Craig Melville, The Bedroom Philosopher – Northcote. So hungover. That was the title, not a statement! Highly Commended to the only other music clip nominee, The Glue Society, The Bumblebeez – Misfit. Best Student Film: Ariel Kleiman, »

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Adg nominates top directors of the year

29 August 2010 7:35 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

The Australian Directors Guild has published its list of nominees for this year’s awards, with Jeremy Sims, Rachel Perkins, David Michod, Claire McCarthy and Robert Connolly competing in the feature film category.

Television nominees include Tony Tilse for Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Peter Andrikidis for East West 101 and Amanda Brotchie for Lowdown; there are also nominations for environmental efforts and online projects.The wiinners will be announced on September 23 at Star City, Sydney.

This is the full list of nominees:

Feature Film

Beneath Hill 60                                             Jeremy Sims Bran Nue Dae                                                 Rachel Perkins Animal Kingdom                                          David Michôd The Waiting City                                           Claire McCarthy Balibo                                                                Robert Connolly

Television Mini series

East West 101: Atonement                                 Peter Andrikidis The Circuit II: Sorry Business Steve Jodrell The Circuit II: Of Mice and Men                           James Bogle

Documentary Feature

Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia John Hughes Three Boys Dreaming                                         Michael Cordell The Burning Season »

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Kat Stewart no bitch in Tangle

15 July 2010 10:21 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Her role as Nat Manning in Pay TV's hit drama may be narcissistic, but deep down she has a softer side.

Most actresses relish the opportunity to play a television bitch, but Kat Stewart says her role as Nat Manning in Tangle is no bitch.

"I don't see that at all. I think she's quite a damaged person and she's very self absorbed. But it's not malicious; she's just in the moment. With Max (Blake Davis), her son, she left him to his own devices for 10 years but she came back and she's completely there," says...  More >> »

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Tangle resolves cliffhanger

23 June 2010 4:59 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Pay TV drama will answer the question: did Vince live or die?

One of Pay TV's biggest dramatic questions will be resolved with the return of Showcase's Aussie-made drama Tangle next month.

Viewers were left hanging with the question: did Vince (Ben Mendelsohn) survive being hit by a car?

The drama returns to TV screens in July once again dissecting the urban family life of the Williams and Kovacs families. Last year viewers were drawn to its quietly imploding story lines as families dealt with relationships, conflict, lies and adolescence.

The second season again...  More >> »

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Australia’s Power 50

21 June 2010 10:26 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

It’s been four years since Encore published its Top 20 Directors and Producers list, and we felt it was time to compile a new, more comprehensive list that included professionals working across all areas – film, television and Tvc production – as well as the leaders and decision-makers that determine the direction of the industry.

Instead of having a limited list of panellists, we consulted with the main agencies and organisations, and also asked our readers to nominate their candidates. We ended up with a list of more than 200 screen industry professionals, and deciding the final 50 was indeed a difficult task. Of course, some other very influential and successful people didn’t make the final cut, but there were only 50 spots and too many talented men and women!

We hope you’ll enjoy – or not, and if so, debate it passionately – the selection of what will become our annual Power 50 list.

1. Christopher Mapp »

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