The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) congratulates SA filmmakers who won five categories at the first ever Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards held in Sydney yesterday.
THE PALACE (Kate Croser, Anthony Maras, Andros Achilleos) won Best Short Fiction Film and best Screenplay in a Short Film for Anthony Maras. Bryan Mason won Best Editing in a Documentary for his work on SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (Sophie Hyde, Matt Bate) building on the films previous successes, which include Official Selection at the Sundance and Edinburgh Film Festivals in 2011.
Box office hit RED DOG, produced by Nelson Woss and South Australian producer Julie Ryan took out the AFI Member’s Choice Award. The film was shot mainly on location in South Australia at Lower Light and at the Clipsal Factory in Adelaide with South Australian crew.
Red Dog Producer, Julie Ryan said "Making Red Dog and seeing it resonate with Australian audiences has been extremely rewarding, and now to be honoured with an AACTA Award is really fantastic. We worked with an incredible team both in Adelaide and the Pilbara and everyone who worked on it should pat themselves on the back."
Justin Kurzel’s SNOWTOWN made with SAFC support and also filmed in Adelaide was awarded Best Editing (Veronika Jenet). SNOWTOWN also won Best Sound with SA sound professionals, Foley Artist, John Simpson and Sound Recordist, Des Kenneally amongst the winning sound team alongside Frank Lipson MPSE, Andrew McGrath, Michael Carden and Erin McKimm.
SNOWTOWN has an impressive 10 AACTA nominations and is still in the running for Best Film (Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw), Best Director (Justin Kurzel), Best Adapted Screenplay (Shaun Grant) and Best Supporting Actress (Louise Harris) to be announced at a second ceremony, which will take place on 31 January at Sydney Opera House.
SAFC supported feature ORANGES AND SUNSHINE is still in the running for Best Film (Camilla Bray, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning), Best Lead Actor (David Wenham), Best Lead Actress (Emily Watson) and Best Supporting Actor (Hugo Weaving). RED DOG is still in the running for Best Film (Nelson Woss, Julie Ryan), Best Director (Kriv Stenders) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Daniel Taplitz) at the second AACTA Awards.
SAFC CEO Richard Harris said “We are thrilled with the success of SA filmmakers at yesterday’s AACTA Awards. The SAFC is very excited by how many SA made films and filmmakers have been nominated. The Awards recognise the exceptional quality that South Australia’s key creatives, crew and sound professionals bring to any project. We expect SA will continue to shine at the second AACTA Awards. It’s a great start to the SAFC’s 40th Anniversary year!”
The AACTA Awards are a continuum of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, which have been awarding screen excellence in Australia since 1958. The inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony will be held on 31 January 2012. With several SAFC supported films up for more awards.
For more info and upcoming events see http://www.safilm.com.au/