Australian Directors Guild announces Adg Award nominees

The Australian Director’s Guild has announced its nominees for the 2012 Adg Awards

Across the various categories, the nominations include Justin Kurzel for Snowtown, Matthew Saville for The Slap, Tony Krawitz for The Tall Man, Paul Scott for documentary series Outback Fight Club and Bruce Hunt for Subaru Xv’s Carwash.

The ceremony will be held as part of the Adg’s 30th anniversary at the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney on May 11.

Kingston Anderson, general manager of the Adg said: “This will be the largest celebration and Awards ceremony the Adg has ever hosted and will be an opportunity to highlight the many achievements of Adg members over the past 30 years and the significant role they have played in the development of the Australian screen industry, as well as to honour the best directors of 2012.”

The nominations are:

Feature film

Brendan Fletcher - Mad Bastards

Justin KurzelSnowtown

Julia Leigh
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TV Week Logies announce 2012 nominations

The nominations for the 2012 TV Week Logies were announced on Sunday, with long-running soap Home and Away and Nine.s Underbelly: Razor leading the pool with seven nominations each.

Home and Away, which has been on air since 1988, received its nominations in the public-voted categories. It is up against Offspring, Packed To The Rafters, Winners And Losers and Underbelly: Razor for most popular drama series.

Esther Anderson (who plays Charlie Buckton) is nominated for both the gold logie for most popular TV personality and the silver logie for most popular actress. Veteran Ray Meagher (aka Alf Stewart) will compete against stars from Wild Boys, Packed to the Rafters and Offspring for most popular actor, while Dan Ewing, Steve Peacocke and Demi Harman are nominated in the most popular new talent categories.

Underbelly: Razor was acknowledged by both the public and industry peers. It earned nods for most popular series, actress
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2012 Logies nominees revealed

TV heavyweights Karl Stefanovic, Adam Hills and Asher Keddie are among the main contenders for the top prize at the 2012 TV Week Logie Awards.

For the second year in a row, the Today presenter, the Spicks and Specks host and the Paper Giants actress look likely to claim the top award – the viewer-voted Gold Logie – which last year was claimed by Stefanovic.

They will be challenged by Ten’s Carrie Bickmore, Hamish Blake from Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year and Seven’s Esther Anderson.

The list of contenders in full:

TV Week Gold Logie – Most Popular Personality on TV

Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks, ABC1/Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight, ABC1) Asher Keddie (Nina Proudman, Offspring, Network Ten /Ita Buttrose, Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo, ABC1) Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten) Esther Anderson (Charlie Buckton, Home And Away, Channel Seven) Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year,
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Murandak, Songs of Freedom wins top award at Fifo 9

Australian directors have walked away with three of the five awards handed out at the Pacific International Documentary Festival in Tahiti, Fifo 9.

The festival showcases documentaries that centre on issues relating to the Pacific or the lives of the people inhabiting the area.

Natasha Gadd and Rhys Graham picked up the Grand Prix prize for Murandak, Songs of Freedom. The documentary provides an insight into Aboriginal protest music as it follows Indigenous musician supergroup, the Black Arm Band, from the Outback to the Sydney Opera House. Murundak, which means .alive. in Woirurrung language, explores the elements of sorrow and resistance in Indigenous protest music, and features pioneering singes such as Archie Roach, Bart Willoughby, and the late Ruby Hunter.

The Special Jury prize was shared by The Hungry Tides director, Tom Zubrycki, and Ochre & Ink director, James Bradley.

The Hungry Tides explores the vulnerability of the Pacific in relation to climate change.
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The Hunter leads Aacta Awards nominations

The Hunter has lead the Aacta Awards with 14 nominations including best film.

The film, by Daniel Nettheim, is also up for best direction, adapted screenplay, cinematography, sound, production design, costume, original music score, and visual effects. Meanwhile, Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor, Sam Neill and Morgana Davies are all up for acting awards.

The film has currently made just over $1m at the local box office.

It’s the first year for the re-launched AACTAs, formerly the AFI awards.

The technical awards will be given out at a luncheon on 15 January at the Sydney Opera House, with an evening ceremony for the more ‘public-friendly’ awards held at the Opera House on 31 January.

Running against The Hunter for best film is Red Dog, Mad Bastards, The Eye of the Storm, Snowtown and Oranges and Sunshine.

The Eye of the Storm, was second in the nominations race with 12, of which six are
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Australian Screen Editors’ Guild nominates Blame, Hawke and The Ball among nominees

The Australian Screen Editors’ (Ase) Guild has announced its nominees for the 2011 Ellie Awards.

Across seven categories, the Ase Guild recognises achievements in editing across feature film, television, documentary, music videos, commercials and short films.

Blame, Mad Bastards, Oranges and Sunshine and Tomorrow When the War Began, are all up for an award. So to is East West 101, Jandamarra’s War, Spirited, short film Something Fishy, Carlton Draught’s Slo Mo ad and Tim and Jean’s music video for Don’t Stop.

The awards are nicknamed the Ellies after the bronzed elephant statues.

Actor Rob Carlton (Underbelly, Paper Giants) is to host the night. Carlton said he feels the pressure to nail the night: “If you’re an actor, hosting the Awards night for the Screen Editors is a high-stakes business. Get it right and I’m assured lots of smouldering close-ups. Get it wrong and all you
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Efic provides loan for Outback Fight Club

The government.s export credit agency has provided a $69,000 loan to pay for post-production of Mindful Films. documentary series Outback Fight Club. It is the second loan made by the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) to a screen production aimed at the international market following last year.s $496,000 loan to Goalpost Pictures for its telemovie Panic at Rock Island. Outback Fight Club aired in two one-hour parts on Sbs in January and the new loan will help writer/director/executive producer Paul Scott and series producer Isabel Perez pay for previously accrued post-production costs including editing, soundtrack, legal, business and marketing expenses. .Screen Australia and Sbs helped us to finance production of the series but we needed...
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Outback Fight Club gets post-screening Offset loan

The Government credit agency Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) has provided a Producer Offset loan to Mindful Films for the documentary series Outback Fight Club.

‘The loan shows how Efic’s finance can work with other sources of funding to assist successful production companies like Mindful Media,” said Efic executive director for Sme, Andrea Govaert.

The $69,000 loan will assist with post-production, legal, business and marketing expenses.

Mindful Films is a special purpose vehicle production company jointly owned by producer Isabel Perez and writer/director/executive producer Paul Scott (Mindfulm Media). The project, which ecxplores the world of tent boxing, aired on Sbs in January 2011.

‘Screen Australia and Sbs helped us to finance production of the series, but we needed further funds to pay for post-production expenses before we will receive the Producer Offset through the tax system’, said Perez.

Efic’s Producer Offset loans were announced in May 2010. Projects
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