On Thursday 18th April, the SA screen industry came together to celebrate its achievements, and hand out well-deserved awards.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Documentary was Sam Matthew’s Unboxed. The producer, Rebecca Elliot also received the award for Emerging Producer.
Marcus McKenzie’s The Projectionist took home a haul of five awards: Best Male Performance (Chris Haywood), Best Editing (Daniel Principe), Best Production Design (Annalisa Francesca), Best Hair and Makeup (Bec Buratto), and Best Music Composition (Chris Larkin).
This was the second year in which the Mercury Award was given to an individual for an outstanding contribution to the SA film industry. Sponsored by Flinders University, and including a $3000 cash prize, the award this year went to Casting Director extraordinaire, Angela Heesom.
The Mercury Award selection committee acknowledges the major contribution that Angela has made to the screen industry at a state and a national level. The director of South Australia’s leading casting agency, Heesom Casting, Angela has over thirty years’ industry experience providing contributions to TV Series and films such as The Hunting, Danger 5,Wolf Creek TV, Deadline Gallipoli, Anzac Girls,Wolf Creek 1 & 2, Look Both Ways and Beautiful Kate.
Other winners on the night included Victoria Cocks’ Davi, which received the highly competitive Best Drama award and Best Sound Design (Justin Astbury),while Jeremy Kelly-Bakkers and Tom Phillips’ Lucy & DiC received both Best Web Series and Best Screenplay. Albert Jamae and Charlotte Rose’s Red Wire Blue Wire won the Best Comedy award while Best Music Video was awarded to Alex Salkicevic and Bryce Kraehenbuehl’s video for Young Offenders’ “You Be You”
For further information and a full list of the winners, click here.