Feb 162016
 

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The Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) announced the winners of their annual film and writing awards at the AFCA Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, February 16.

The Dressmaker led the awards, taking home four wins, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay. Mad Max: Fury Road took out the awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography.

AFCA FILM AWARDS – WINNERS
BEST FILM
THE DRESSMAKER
HOLDING THE MAN
LAST CAB TO DARWIN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER
PARTISAN

BEST DIRECTOR
NEIL ARMFIELD – Holding the Man
ARIEL KLEIMAN – Partisan
GEORGE MILLER – Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER
JOCELYN MOORHOUSE – The Dressmaker
JEREMY SIMS – Last Cab to Darwin

BEST ACTOR
VINCENT CASSELL – Partisan
MICHAEL CATON – Last Cab to Darwin
RYAN CORR – Holding the Man – WINNER
TOM HARDY – Mad Max: Fury Road
SULLIVAN STAPLETON – Cut Snake

BEST ACTRESS
ROBYN BUTLER – Now Add Honey
NICOLE KIDMAN – Strangerland
NINGALI LAWFORD-WOLF – Last Cab to Darwin
CHARLIZE THERON – Mad Max: Fury Road
KATE WINSLET – The Dressmaker – WINNER

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
JEREMY CHABRIEL – Partisan
HUGH KEAYES-BYRNE – Mad Max: Fury Road
ANTHONY LAPAGLIA – Holding the Man
MARK COLES SMITH – Last Cab to Darwin
HUGO WEAVING – The Dressmaker – WINNER

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
JUDY DAVIS – The Dressmaker – WINNER
SARAH SNOOK – The Dressmaker
SARAH SNOOK – Oddball
EMMA HAMILTON – Last Cab to Darwin
DEBORAH MAILMAN – Paper Planes

BEST SCREENPLAY
SARAH CYNGLER & ARIEL KLEIMAN – Partisan
GEORGE MILLER, BRENDAN MCCARTHY & NIC LATHOURIS – Mad Max: Fury Road
JOCELYN MOORHOUSE & PJ HOGAN – The Dressmaker – WINNER
TOMMY MURPHY – Holding the Man
JEREMY SIMS & REG CRIBB – Last Cab to Darwin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BENTLEY DEAN – Tanna
PJ DILLON – Strangerland
DONALD MCALPINE – The Dressmaker
GERMAIN MCMICKING – Partisan
JOHN SEALE – Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

INTERNATIONAL FILM CATEGORIES

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
THE ASSASSIN
GIRLHOOD
PHOENIX – WINNER
THE TRIBE
WILD TALES

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (ENGLISH LANGUAGE)
BIRDMAN – WINNER
INHERENT VICE
THE LOBSTER
THE MARTIAN
SICARIO

BEST DOCUMENTARY (LOCAL OR INTERNATIONAL)
AMY – WINNER
CITIZENFOUR
GAYBY BABY
GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF
SALT OF THE EARTH
WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED

AFCA also recognises the best writing on film. The winners of the writing awards and the can be found after the jump.

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Jan 162016
 

TheDressmaker

The Australian Film Critics Association (of which I am a member) has announced the nominees for the 2016 AFCA Film Awards. The awards recognise the best in Australian and international film in 2015.

Leading the nominations this year is Australian domestic box office hit, The Dressmaker with eight nominations, including two in the best supporting actress category (for Judy Davis and Sarah Snook). Mad Max: Fury Road received 7 AFCA nominations to go alongside the outstanding 10 Oscar nominations the critically acclaimed film has also received. Last Cab to Darwin also received 7 nods, including a much-deserved nomination for veteran Australian actor Michael Caton. The criminally under-seen Partisan received 6 nominations, and Holding the Man received 5.

Girlhood, The Martian, Phoenix, and Sicario are among the films to be recognised with a nomination in the international film categories.

The Australian Film Critics Association annually award prizes to the best Australian film criticism across three categories.

1. Ivan Hutchinson Award for best long-form writing on Australian or International cinema.
2. Award for best review of an individual Australian film.
3. Award for best review of an individual non-Australian film.

This year the awards will be judged by: Sandra Sdraulig AM (Chair of the Adelaide Film Festival), Annette Blonski (Professional script editor and consultant), Lisa French (Deputy Dean of Media & Communications, RMIT), Alan Finney (Chair of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) / AACTA), and Kristian Connelly (General Manager, Cinema Nova).

Both the Writing Award and Film Award winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Ceremony to be held at the iconic Astor Theatre, Melbourne on Tuesday, February 16th.

The full list of nominations are after the jump.

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Feb 082015
 

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The Australian Film Critics Association (of which I am a member) held their annual Film & Writing Awards at ACMI in Melbourne’s Federation Square on Saturday 7 February. The Babadook and Charlie’s Country were the big winners of the evening as a wonderful year of Australian film was celebrated. The Babadook took home four awards – Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor; while Charlie’s Country was the winner in three categories – Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay.

In a special presentation David Gulpilil was awarded his Best Actor statue on Friday evening during Melbourne’s BlakNite event at Treasury Gardens. Mr Gulpilil was presented the Award by Aaron Pedersen, last year’s AFCA Best Actor winner and he was greatly touched and emotional by the surprise presentation. He dedicated the Award to “the spirit of the country and his family”.

The full list of AFCA Film and Writing Award winners is after the jump.

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Jan 072015
 

The rover

 

The Australia Film Critics Association (AFCA), of which I am a member, has announced the nominees for the 2015 AFCA Film Awards, with David Michod’s The Rover and break-out horror hit The Babadook leading with 6 nominations a piece. Charlie’s Country and Predesintation each have 5 nominations, while 52 Tuesdays, These Final Hours, Tracks, The Mule and The Infinite Man have each picked up 3 nominations. While The Rover has 6 nominations, ‘Best Film’ is not one of them. 4 of its nominations are in acting categories, including nominations for Guy Pearce (Lead Actor) and Robert Pattinson (Supporting Actor).  The Best Film category is to be contested by Charlie’s Country, Predestination, The Babadook, The Infinite Man and Tracks.

On a personal note, I am delighted that my favourite Australian film of 2014, The Infinite Man has received 3 nominations, in particular for ‘Best Screenplay’ which I think it would be an extremely worthy winner of. The film is an example of how to make an incredibly effective, tight, low-budget film, and I have nothing but admiration for all involved with it.

AFCA Film Awards also have 3 categories for international films – Best International Film (foreign language), Best International Film (English language) and Best Documentary (Australian or International). Ida and Two Days, One Night are among the foreign language film nominees, while Nightcrawler and Boyhood are both nominated in the International Film (English language) category.

It is heartening to see the wonderful Australian skateboarding documentary All This Mayhem nominated for Best Documentary, alongside 4 international nominees which include Jodowrowsky’s Dune and 20, 000 Days on Earth.

The AFCA Film Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony on February 7th at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne.

The full list of AFCA Film Award nominations can be found after the jump.

 

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Mar 022014
 

The Australian Film Critics Association have handed out their annual film and writing awards in a ceremony held in Melbourne. Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road was awarded the best film, with the film also picking up best director, best actor, best screenplay, best supporting actor and best cinematography.

As a member, I’m extremely pleased that the association recognised Mystery Road, after the film was snubbed at the industry AACTA awards. Sen’s film combined the best of both westerns and solo-detective led mysteries and infused it with a unique, Australian core.

As well as the film awards, four writing awards were given out for excellence in writing on film.

The full list of winners is after the jump.

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Feb 112014
 


 

The Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA), of which I am a member, have announced the nominees for the annual AFCA Awards, which will be presented at a ceremony in Melbourne on Saturday 1st March.

The Great Gatsby, Mystery Road, The Railway Man, The Rocket and The Turning all pick up Best Film nominees, and feature heavily in the nomination list. I was particularly happy to see Aaron Pederson receive a nomination for Mystery Road, a role that the AACTAs failed to nominate him for. Along with the categories for local (Australian) films are the Best International Film (Foreign Language), Best International Film (English Language) and Best Documentary (International and Local) categories. The Place Beyond The Pines is one of the criminally underrated films of 2013 which gets a much-deserved nod from AFCA members.

Alongside the film awards are the annual writing awards, which recognise excellence in film writing.
AFCA annually award prizes to the best Australian film criticism across four categories.

1. Ivan Hutchinson Award for writing on Australian cinema. ($500)
2. Award for writing on non-Australian cinema. ($500)
3. Award for a review of an individual Australian film. ($200)
4. Award for a review of an individual non-Australian film. ($200)

This year entries will be judged by: Alan Finney – Chair of the Australian Film Institute (AFI), Jan Epstein – Film Critic and former Chair of AFCA, Kristian Connelly – General Manager, Cinema Nova and Paul Harris – Film Critic, Host of RRR’s Film Buff’s Forecast, Director of St Kilda Film Festival.

The Full list of AFCA Award nominees are after the jump.

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