South Australian films and talent feature prominently amongst the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards nominations. Red Dog, Snowtown and Oranges and Sunshine – three of the six films nominated for the Samsung AACTA Award for Best Film – were made in SA.
Justin Kurzel’s acclaimed Snowtown has received an impressive 10 nominations, including Best Film and Best Director. Box office smash Red Dog, which was co-produced by South Australian producer Julie Ryan, received 8 nominations – including Best Film and Best Director for Kriv Stenders. Oranges and Sunshine has picked up 7 nominations, including Best Film, Best Lead Actor for David Wenham and Best Lead Actress for Emily Watson.
These nominations follow the success of South Australian documentaries and short films, for which AACTA nominations announced were in August. Nominations included Life in Movement (directed by Sophie Hyde and Bryan Mason) and Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (d. Matthew Bate) in the category of Best Feature Length Documentary; director David Wade's Cropped and The Palace, directed by Anthony Maras, for Best Short Fiction Film, plus The Moment (d. Troy Bellchambers and Shane McNeil) for Best Short Animation.
The AACTA Awards were launched in August this year as a continuum of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, which have been celebrating Australian film and television excellence for over half a century. The inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards will be held in January 2012.
For more info about the AACTAs, visit the website.