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A CHANGE OF HEART - ON LOCATION A CHANGE OF HEART – ON LOCATION
Sydney can be cold in winter, but the lure of an Idyllic Spot is too strong for ANDREW L. URBAN, who parks himself in Centennial Park on location with A Change of Heart, a feel good romantic comedy about a bastard with no heart finally getting one.
  A HEARTBEAT AWAY - GUY & OSCAR GROSS
While multi-awarded film composer Guy Gross was 16 when one of his compositions was used in a film (Sarah & the Squirrel), Guy’s son Oscar was just 14 when he scored his first music cue in a feature film: Gale Edwards’ directing debut, A Heartbeat Away. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  A HISTORY OF CINEMA: IN 5 FILMS
Which five films would you choose to explain Cinema to an Alien? (or Screen History to a film student!) That’s the question for a debate to be moderated by Dr Karen Pearlman, Head of Screen Studies at AFTRS. All welcome to contribute – and attend.
  A MADMAN DVD FOR YOUR EVERY MOOD
WIN one of 10 prize packs comprising a DVD copy of each of the three films: The Imposter (incredible true story), Save Your Legs! (Aussie cricket comedy) and Barbara (Cold War drama), courtesy Madman. All three films available on DVD from July 10, 2013.

  A NIGHT OF HORROR FILM FESTIVAL 2011
Some of the most celebrated directors – like Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski, Peter Jackson - cut their teeth on horror films, says Dean Bertram, director of A Night of Horror Film Festival, which has grown to nine nights, reports Andrew L. Urban. It’s not a genre to be sniffed at..
  A PLACE FOR ME - FEATURED PREVIEW
A PLACE FOR ME is a clever and touching tale of family, love (lost and found), and how endings can make new beginnings. There are no rewrites in life, only second chances.
  A SCREAM AUSTRALIA
For some years Wild Candy’s been exploring various screens as potential revenue earners for wildlife content. Their experience with mobile, portable devices and internet to date indicate that whilst there’s a vibrant screen culture outside conventional television and the cinema, as yet it isn’t a significant revenue earner.
  A UNITED KINGDOM … OF BOTSWANA
It’s something of a controversial fairy story, albeit true and little known these days: Ruth Williams from Eltham in South London attends a London Missionary Society dance in June 1947, meets a Prince from Botswana, falls in love and by September 1948 they are married - amid much controversy. Andrew L. Urban traces the story that has been made into the movie, A United Kingdom.
AACID TUNG RETURNS: MAR 99 AACID TUNG RETURNS: MAR 99
AACID TUNG, Urban Cinefile’s world weary, sarcastic and cynical sourpuss goes to the movies in the forlorn hope that something will appeal. It rarely does. After more than a year, Tung makes this unannounced return, for a mean peek at recently released movies.
  AACID TUNG'S CRUEL-TO-BE-KIND REVIEWS FOR 2004
  AACID TUNG: AUG/SEPT 97
  AACID TUNG: NOV 97
  AACID TUNG: SEPT/OCT 97
  AACTA 2014 AWARDS - WINNERS
It’s called The Great Gatsby, not The Good Gatsby – Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin (and their team) are justly awarded with a swag of 6 more awards from their peers at the second round of the AACTA Awards, after taking home 6 craft awards two days earlier.
  AACTA AWARDS 2012 (PART 1) – WINNERS
The first screen milestone event of the 2012 award season was last weekend’s inaugural AACTA Awards – Part 1 (non-televised categories), a mix of craft and creative awards, held at Sydney’s Westin Hotel as a formal lunch, with Red Dog winning the AFI Members’ Choice award.
  AACTA AWARDS 2012 (PART 2) – WINNERS
Red Dog was top dog at the inaugural AACTA Awards. In all, eight feature film and 12 TV awards were presented at Sydney’s Opera House (Jan 31, 2012) in the second round of Australian screen awards, broadcast (later in the evening) on the Nine Network. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  AACTA AWARDS 2012 - NOMINATIONS
Daniel Nettheim’s The Hunter has received nominations in 14 categories, including Best Film, direction, adapted screenplay and music in the inaugural AACTAs, followed in volume by Fred Schepisi’s The Eye of The Storm with 12, Snowtown 10, Red Dog 8, Oranges and Sunshine 7 and Mad Bastards 5.
  AACTA AWARDS 2013 – NOMINATIONS
The 2013 AACTA awards presentation events will be held at Sydney’s new The Star Event Centre, marking the first public events to be held at the venue, where producers of one of the four nominated feature films will collect the Best Feature Award: Burning Man, Lore, The Sapphires, Wish You Were Here.
  AACTA AWARDS 2013 – WINNERS
With The Sapphires sweeping up just about every award available, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has crowned the film as Australia’s 2013 movie triumph, adding to its $14.4 million box office take.
  AACTA AWARDS 2014 - FEATURE DOCUMENTARY NOMINEES
From the heights of fame to the depths of the sea, this year’s feature documentaries are a celebration of the adage that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ and introduce two bold new Australian directors – both female. AACTA also launches a new Music Score Award for documentaries.
  AACTA AWARDS 2014 – NOMINATIONS
Symbolising the range and diversity of Australian cinema, the two feature films with the most AACTA nominations for the past year are Baz Luhrmann’s big budget, New York-set, literature-derived The Great Gatsby (14) and Ken Mordaunt’s low budget Laos-set life-experience-derived The Rocket (12). Likewise in the feature documentary category, where nominations range from Warwick Ross’ Red Obsession, about China’s thirst for Bordeaux to Eve Ash’s Shadow of Doubt, revealing a new miscarriage of justice with echoes of the infamous Lindy Chamberlain case
  AACTA AWARDS 2014 – SIX FEATURES TO PREMIERE AT SCREENINGS
Of the 25 feature films that will compete for an AACTA Award this year, six will have their ‘premieres’ at the member screenings (Oct. 6 – 23): My Mistress, The Mule, Son Of A Gun, Turkey Shoot, William Kelly’s War, and The Water Diviner.
  AACTA AWARDS 2015 – NOMINATIONS
Birdman leads the way in the AACTA International Awards, in a field for Best Film that includes Boydhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and Whiplash.
  AACTA AWARDS 2015 – WINNERS
The first horror film to be recognised, The Babadook, won three major awards, a real turnaround for genre filmmaking in Australia, while sharing the Best Film award with Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner.
  AACTA AWARDS 2015 – WINNERS
Jocelyn Moorhouse’s dark farce, The Dressmaker, is the People’s Choice Award winner at this year’s AACTA Awards, with its cast – Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving and Kate Winslet - also going home armed with awards, while George Miller has the Best Director Award for Mad Max: Fury Road, which is also the big winner of Best Film.

  AACTA AWARDS 2015 – WINNERS (CRAFT)
His latest feature film, Mad Max: Fury Road, has earned John Seale yet another accolade: the AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in a feature film – one of six craft awards collected by George Miller’s turbo charged action drama. FULL LIST OF WINNERS
  AACTA AWARDS 2016 - WINNERS
Paul Hogan's contribution to Australian cinema was honoured with the Longford Lyell Award and Isla Fisher won the Trailblazer Award at this year's AACTA Awards.
  AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2013 - NOMINEES AND WINNERS
The panel of (unnamed) judges who voted for the AACTA International Awards has strongly favoured Silver Linings Playbook, awarding it Best Foreign Film, Best Director, Best Actress; the film also won the Discretionary Awards for Best Supporting Actress & Actor.
  AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2013 – NOMINATIONS
This year’s International Awards Nominations represent a predictably Hollywood-Aussie-centric view of cinema at Australia’s fledgling Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, with the exception of the French Amour and the French/Belgian Rust and Bone (both for Best Actress).
  AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2014 - NOMINATIONS
They are called the International Awards, but AACTA’s nominees for non-Australian films are all American – although a few of the actors and directors aren’t.
  AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2014 - NOMINEES AND WINNERS
Best Film winner Gravity and the other winners of the 3rd Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) International Awards were announced at an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles (Friday, January 10, 2014) hosted by multi-award winner and AACTA President Geoffrey Rush who shared the stage with fellow Australian industry presenters including Jacki Weaver, Stuart Beattie, Anthony LaPaglia and Yvonne Strahovski.
  AACTA LUNCHEON AWARDS 2014 - WINNERS
The Australian feature film category of this year’s AACTA Luncheon Awards was dominated by Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby which won each of the six Awards for which it was nominated: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Original Music Score (presented by APRA AMCOS) and the AACTA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects.
  AACTA NOMINATIONS 2012: FEATURE DOCOS
Producer Sophie Hyde has two feature docos nominated for the first of the newly minted AACTAs – Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards: Life in Movement produced with Bryan Mason and Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure, produced with Matthew Bate
ABORIGINAL CINEMA HITS EUROPE ABORIGINAL CINEMA HITS EUROPE
The Europeans are taking to our aboriginal filmmakers with a passion, reports Helen Barlow from Paris, where a unique week-long festival of short films is about to screen, with St Tropez and maybe even Clermont Ferrand to follow. (Pic Ivan Sen)
  About The Gambler
  ACADEMY AWARDS 2004 – THE NOMINATIONS
A 13 year old New Zealand actress, Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) is the youngest ever to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, and Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) is the surprise nominee in the Supporting Actress category, while Jennifer Connelly is absent from a slot in the Lead section for the same film; and seven Australians are recognised, despite the absence of Russ and Nic, led by Peter Weir. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  ACADEMY AWARDS 2004 – THE WINNERS
It’s got a Ring to it: 11 Oscars, including Best Director for Peter Jackson, but the acting awards were spread about, with two for Clint Eastwood’s boys in Mystic River. Australia’s Russell Boyd won the cinematography award and Adam Elliot picked up the animated short Oscar for Harvie Krumpet. Andrew L. Urban reports
  ACADEMY AWARDS 2008 - NOMINATIONS
There are no major surprises in this year’s Oscar nominations and it’s no surprise that Ratatouille is nominated for a Best Animated Feature award – but it is a pleasant surprise (full of irony) that it also has nominations in sound and, most notably, for Original Screenplay.
  ACADEMY AWARDS 2008 - WINNERS
Hollywood paid tribute to its roots at this year’s Oscars, with several Europeans winning awards and many more nominated. As Tilda Swinton (Best Supporting Actress, Michael Clayton) pointed out in her press conference, “Dude, Hollywood is built on Europeans.” Andrew L. Urban reports.
  ACMI - STAR VOYAGER: EXPLORING SPACE ON SCREEN
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will present the world premiere of Star Voyager: Exploring Space on Screen, a major exhibition charting the history and future of space exploration as experienced through the moving image.
  ACTION MAN
June 2012 is the month of action at Universal Sony Home Entertainment, with three top action movies releasing on DVD and Blu-ray: Safe House, Contraband and Man On A Ledge. To get into the action spirit, Urban Cinefile sent our resident action man, Sebastian Urban, to experience the rush of filming action scenes, with help from Universal’s stunt team at the studios of the Australian Film TV and Radio School at Fox Studios. This is his report - and FOOTAGE OF THE ACTION.
  ACTOR'S CLOSE UP – CHRIS HAYWOOD
One of Australia’s most liked, respected and experienced actors, Chris Haywood, is the inaugural subject of Andrew L. Urban’s ‘Actor’s Close Up’, (Monday, Feb. 28, 6.30pm, Stephen Roberts Theatre), part of a new film course within Sydney University’s Continuing Education Program, which is open to the public (places still available, $45; Book & Pay - Tel: 02 9036 4789 or pay at door). Clips from his work will include scenes from his latest film for Paul Cox, Human Touch (releases April 14, 2005).
  ADAM – INSIDER BRIEFING
To ‘Aspies’, us ordinary ‘neurotypical’ humans seem strange, irrational and even wildly incomprehensible. What if an Aspie boy met an incomprehensible ‘neurotypical’ girl, asked Max Mayer; the question led him to make Adam.
  ADAMS, CHRIS + AUSTRALIAN FILMS = A BIGGER PICTURE
In November 2008, American film deal maker Chris Adams was in Australia and talking frankly about how he can take Australian creativity and maximise it, by helping Australians to make better films with better financial returns – and international prospects. This week, three months later, Andrew L. Urban got him on the phone to discover that those plans are going gangbusters.
ADAPTATIONS: NOVEL TO FILM ADAPTATIONS: NOVEL TO FILM
Books are a controversial source of material for filmmakers: adaptations prove that there are no rules - Gone With The Wind, for example, turned an ordinary novel into an extraordinary film, argues MATT DILLON. (Pic, Me Myself I)
  ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2005 - PREVIEW
Running from February 18, to March 3, the second biannual Adelaide Film Festival is gaining muscle and will showcase films from more than 43 countries in more than 200 screenings including over 100 Australian premieres, nineteen of them world premieres; in all, more than seventy feature films and more than sixty documentaries, having almost doubled its capacity from 28,000 to 55,000 seats. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2009 – PREVIEW
Thirty-nine Australian films, including nine new features, eight documentaries and 22 shorts will be showcased at the 2009 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival (February 19 – March 1, 2009), offering a snapshot of the state of Australian filmmaking, with romantic comedy, historical dramas, and inspiring documentaries of human courage all emerging as strong themes.
  ADG AWARD WINNERS 2014
The Rocket director Kim Mordaunt was awarded the ADG Award for Best Direction in a Feature Film at a black tie ceremony and dinner on Friday night, May 2. Best Direction in a Telemovie was awarded to Rowan Woods for The Broken Shore; Rachel Perkins won the Award for Best Direction in a TV Drama Series for Redfern Now (Series 2, Episode 2, Starting Over).
  AFCA AWARDS 2008 - THE BLACK BALLOON SOARS AGAIN
The Black Balloon has been named Best Australian Film of 2008 by the Australian Film Critics’ Association (AFCA).
  AFI - A NEW ERA BEGINS
A new era begins this week for the venerable, 53 year old Australian Film Institute (AFI). After last week’s public forums in Sydney and Melbourne, and months of industry consultations, the AFI is ready to mobilise its plans to bring the AFI Awards show to the Sydney Opera House, move the event to January and start work on forming a professional Academy, says Andrew L. Urban.
AFI - REVIEWING STRATEGIES AFI – REVIEWING STRATEGIES
Once just a film appreciation society made up of general public members who love movies, the Australian Film Institute has finally taken the step after 53 years towards forming a professional structure along the lines of an Academy to fully integrate the industry into its mission – and moves the awards to a more appropriate slot in the calendar: January.
AFI 2000 - AND THE WINNER IS? AFI 2000 - AND THE WINNER IS?
With big changes underway in Australia’s film culture arena Michaela Boland wonders if this year’s AFI Awards will be the last.
AFI 2000: NOMINATIONS AFI 2000: NOMINATIONS
Four debut feature films are Best Film nominees in this year’s Australian Film Institute Awards: Better Than Sex, Chopper, Bootmen and Looking for Alibrandi – all written, produced and directed by first timers. Chopper received the highest number of nominations across all categories (10), closely followed by Looking for Alibrandi (9) while Better Than Sex and Bootmen both received nominations in eight (8) categories.
AFI 2000: THE WINNERS AT A GLANCE AFI 2000: THE WINNERS AT A GLANCE
Four of the five awards collected by Looking for Alibrandi were in the hands of women: producer, writer, lead actress and supporting actress; the fifth was for editing. But with Bootmen, which also won five awards, the gender share is reversed; four of the winners are men. The three big awards won by Chopper were all collected by men; director, lead actor and supporting actor, but Russian Doll’s writing award was shared between a man and a woman.
AFI AWARDS 1997: TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE AFI AWARDS 1997: TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE
The AFI Awards in Melbourne last week mark a watershed: in 1998, the Awards presentation moves to Sydney, after three years in Melbourne. But there is more at stake than geographical one upmanship. It’s a chance to change, to exercise Australian creativity. Urban Cinefile editor ANDREW L. URBAN opens a debate on the awards and the presentation. (Best Film Kiss or Kill,pictured)
AFI AWARDS 2000 - FULL REPORT AND VIDEO CLIPS AFI AWARDS 2000 - FULL REPORT AND VIDEO CLIPS
Welcome to our extensive, multi-media coverage of this year’s Emirates AFI Awards. Links from this page will take your eager eyes to lists of winners and nominees, to reviews of many of the films entered, and to extensive video coverage of the night itself (in association with SBS), including the first ever public footage from the after party, on our specially designed AFI Channel.
AFI AWARDS 2001 - NOMINATIONS AFI AWARDS 2001 – NOMINATIONS
Clearly, the AFI voting membership has remembered The Dish, which was not in the running last year, but is nominated among the Best Films. There’s no hint of a subversive frame of mind evident in the nominations list, although some of you may think that nominations in a few categories are worth a decent barney over a beer.
AFI AWARDS 2001 - THE RUSSELL CROWE INCIDENT AFI AWARDS 2001 – THE RUSSELL CROWE INCIDENT
An incident around Russell Crowe soured what was already a controversial event as far as some of the media were concerned, reports Andrew L. Urban.
AFI AWARDS 2001 - THE WINNERS AFI AWARDS 2001 – THE WINNERS
With a rare double whammy of two awards, one in tv one in film, actress Kerry Armstrong can feel justifiably proud: but as Baz Luhrmann pointed out on the night (again – he did so at the if award a week earlier) it was not just the individuals and films, but all the nominees that were winners, a showcase of diverse and creative filmmaking. Andrew L. Urban and Louise Keller report from the presentation – and the parties.
AFI AWARDS 2002 - WINNERS AFI AWARDS 2002 - WINNERS
Aboriginal stories and filmmakers dominate the AFI Awards winners list, followed by a debut feature about the aftermath of a death on a close-knit group. The Awards won’t be much help to the winning films commercially, but the public can at least take them as reliable guides to quality as well as popularity when it comes time to buy or rent them on DVD, says Andrew L. Urban.
AFI AWARDS 2002 - THE NOMINATIONS AFI AWARDS 2002 – THE NOMINATIONS
In a historic juxtaposition that perhaps underscores the shifts in the sand of Australian society, all four Best Film nominees in this year’s AFI Awards - Australian Rules, Beneath Clouds, Rabbit Proof Fence and The Tracker - examine issues of indigenous culture, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  AFI AWARDS 2003 - NOMINATIONS
On the morning that Australia’s professional film critics body, the FCCA, presents the first movie awards for the season, the AFI announced the nominees, where Jonathan Teplitzky’s the crime comedy Gettin’ Square has the most nominations with 12 (equal record with Newsfront, 1978) out of 14 categories, followed by Sue Brooks’ Japanese Story. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  AFI AWARDS 2003 - WINNERS
The irony fairly bounced off the walls of Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre as Japanese Story was called out on eight occasions as the film whose makers and cast won eight of the 14 awards in feature film at the 2003 AFI Awards presentation on November 21, 2003. The irony being that the unofficial theme of the night was ‘keep it Australian stories’ as anyone within reach of the microphone rallied those watching to take up the good fight in the Free Trade Agreement talks with the US. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  AFI AWARDS 2004 - WINNERS
Every award in the feature film categories was taken home by someone associated with Somersault, as AFI members showered the film with accolades. Having already taken $1.3 million, in six weeks of cinema release, the film should now enjoy a second burst of popularity before hitting the DVD shelves. (Pic. Anthony Anderson, Cate Shortland)
  AFI AWARDS 2004 – NOMINATIONS
With a record 15 AFI Award nominations in all 13 categories for which it is eligible, Cate Shortland’s Somersault will help turn the gloom surrounding Australian features upside down, in tandem with Alkinos Tsilimidos’ Tom White, which received 12 nominations, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  AFI AWARDS 2005 – NOMINEES
In this year’s AFI Awards, Little Fish is nominated in every category for which it is eligible (13), almost matched by The Proposition (12) as well as Look Both Ways (11) and Wolf Creek received seven nominations, but missed out to Oyster Farmer in the Best Film category. But let’s not compare their successes with anything from Hollywood, urges Andrew L. Urban
  AFI AWARDS 2005 – WINNERS
Sarah Watt has emerged as Australia’s hottest new director, after her debut feature Look Both Ways was voted Best Film at the AFI Awards where she also won her second Best Director Award, following a similar honour at the IF Awards earlier in the week. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  AFI AWARDS 2006 - NOMINATIONS
With 12 nominations, Suburban Mayhem is a surprise omission from the Best Film category in this year’s AFI Awards – but then the film doesn’t open commercially until October 26 so the only public screenings have been at festivals, where the film was rated into a Best Film nominations in the If Awards – and it wasn’t eligible for this year’s film critics’ awards. Such are the vagaries of Australia’s weird awards systems, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  AFI AWARDS 2006 – INTERNATIONAL NOMINEES
Following Urban Cinefile’s recognition of Australians working internationally with its Honours List in 2001, the AFI (and others) have adopted the practice of awarding Australians in foreign films. This year, the AFI’s list has grown to include not only actors (Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain a hot favourite), actresses and filmmakers in various categories from cinematography to production design.
  AFI AWARDS 2006 – WINNERS
For all the popular fuss over Kenny and its star Shane Jacobson (Best Actor), the 2006 AFI Awards are owned by Ten Canoes and its makers who between them collected seven awards including Best Film and Best Director, and the Byron Kennedy Award for director Rolf de Heer.
  AFI AWARDS 2007 - NOMINEES
The AFI Awards nominations list is dominated by five feature films, which appear in just about every category: Clubland, The Home Song Stories, Lucky Miles, Noise and Romulus My Father, with Clubland the one missing out on the Best Feature category.
  AFI AWARDS 2007 – NON FEATURE NOMINEES
The first award nominations of this year’s film awards season is a “robust & diverse selection of short fiction, short animation & documentaries …a testament to the ingenuity, imagination & determination of our filmmakers to peel away the layers of our society,” according to AFI CEO James Hewison.
  AFI AWARDS 2007 – WINNERS
Real lives inspire award winning films at this year’s AFI Awards; but can the awards continue to live with a split presentation personality, asks Andrew L. Urban. (Pic. Romulus, My Father)
  AFI AWARDS 2008 – INDUSTRY CATEGORIES - WINNERS
Unfinished Sky has won three craft awards, for best music, cinematography and sound, at the first of two AFI Awards presentation nights (December 5 & 6) in which veteran cinematographer Peter James was recognised with the International Award for Excellence. (Pic. Unfinished Sky)
  AFI AWARDS 2008 – NOMINEES
The Black Balloon’s 11 nominations reflect the film’s box office popularity with gross takings to date of $2.3 million; Unfinished Sky has 10 nominations and has grossed $0.96 million; The Jammed and The Square with seven nominations each, have taken $0.36 million and $0.31 million respectively. [The Jammed is no longer playing at cinemas]
  AFI AWARDS 2008 – WINNERS
On its 50th anniversary, the Australian Film Institute held perhaps its biggest bash in Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, which turned out to be The Black Balloon Evening – with the film winning five major awards, including Best Film. It was also the year’s most commercially successful Australian feature (among the films eligible for an AFI Award and thus excluding Australia).
  AFI AWARDS 2009 – NOMINATIONS
It is newsworthy that a box office award is introduced by the AFI while so many filmmakers can’t get their films distributed or distributed adequately in cinemas, and the talk of the industry is still the low % of the box office share our films generate. The winners (if the award continues beyond this year) will be doubly awarded, since the most popular film will no doubt win the ‘most popular film’ award (Members’ Choice, as well; questions will be asked if it doesn’t.) Is this good for Australian film, asks Andrew L. Urban.
  AFI AWARDS 2009 –WINNERS
The AFI voters chose Samson & Delilah and the public* voted for Mao’s Last Dancer in this year’s crowded AFI Awards, the former recognising a unique cinematic work, the latter confirming significant popular satisfaction – both films reflecting two very different heroic journeys.
  AFI AWARDS 2010 - NOMINEES
Five of the six nominations for top feature film honours voted by the AFI members match those voted by industry panels; the exceptions are that the members voted for The Boys Are Back, while the industry voted for The Tree. And everybody voted for Animal Kingdom, which has 18 nominations. Below, we outline the differences between the two major vehicles for the recognition of excellence in film in Australia, the IF and the AFI Awards.
  AFI AWARDS 2010 – WINNERS
It’s all agreed, then: Animal Kingdom is the year’s best film, and deserves the top accolades from the AFI in 10 categories; and while big scale animation Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole did not win any awards, its producer Zareh Nalbandian of Animal Logic was awarded the prestigious Byron Kennedy Award for his lifetime of innovation.
  AFI AWARDS COMMENTS - READERS RESPOND
AFI AWARDS FEATURE ENTRIES 1999 AFI AWARDS FEATURE ENTRIES 1999
Of the 18 entries in this year’s AFI Awards, 14 are debuts for the directors (three of them women), and seven were made for under $2 million. (Pic, Siam Sunset)
AFI ENTRIES 2000 AFI ENTRIES 2000
A hefty 25 feature films (Monkey's Mask excluded) are entered for the 2000 AFI Awards, to be presented November 18 at Fox Studios, Sydney. Professionally accredited representatives from guilds and unions will select the nominees in all categories (announced October 18), and the approximately 8,000 AFI members - who will later vote on all the nominations - will have a chance to see the films during a national tour starting August 1. (Pic, 15 Amore)
  AFI NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM 2006
The Australian Film Institute’s National Festival of Film commences on the August 21 in Melbourne and in Sydney on August 22, with Suburban Mayhem; this festival offers AFI members an opportunity to see all the Australian films in contention for an award. Members’ guests, and the general public, may also attend certain screenings (those not marked *) but cannot vote – unless they join on the spot.
AFI NOMINATIONS, 1998: Feature Films AFI NOMINATIONS, 1998: Feature Films
It’s a tough year – for voters. Which makes it a great year for quality. A glance at this year’s AFI nominations confirms the strength of Australian feature film production over the past two years, with a significant volume of high quality films – and all exploring new emotional, psychological and cultural territories.
AFI NOMINEES 1999: FEATURE FILM AFI NOMINEES 1999: FEATURE FILM
Scoring a nomination in every category for which it is eligible (11), Gregor Jordan's critical and commercial hit, Two Hands, is the early favourite for the 1999 Best Film AFI Award.
AFI NOMINEES 1999: NON FEATURE AFI NOMINEES 1999: NON FEATURE
This year's nominations for Non-Feature films and documentaries were announced on October 13, 1999. The awards presentation is held on November 13, 1999 at Fox Studios and telecast live on SBS TV from 8.30pm.
AFI WINNERS 1999 AFI WINNERS 1999
For the first time, the awards are presented at the Hordern Pavilion, one of the heritage buildings on the Fox Studio lot, followed by a party at the adjacent Royal Hall of Industries, another heritage building. If the Hall of Industries sounds a little odd for a movie night, we should remember that filmmaking is as much a manufacturing industry as it is a creative endeavour. (Pic, Winner Best Film - Two Hands)
AFI WINNERS 2000: FULL LIST AFI WINNERS 2000: FULL LIST
AFI WINNERS, 1998 AFI WINNERS, 1998
And the winners are:
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  AFTRS 40TH – GRADUATES VALUE NETWORKING, SURVEY REPORTS
Australia’s world famous AFTRS celebrated the 40th Anniversary of its founding last Friday night with the results of a survey of its graduates, who identified networking as the single most important factor in their career progression. They said that AFTRS had helped create and provide these networks. 
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  AGE OF CONSENT – BUT NOT OF SCREEN NUDITY
Australia’s acclaimed filmmaker Anthony Buckley was the young editor on English movie icon Michael Powell’s celebrated adaptation of Norman Lindsay’s novel, Age of Consent, starring James Mason and making her film debut, a young Helen Mirren – whose nude scenes shocked the studio suits at Columbia, which financed it. But that was 1968/69. In his autobiography*, Buckley recalls the entire experience and has given Urban Cinefile permission to edit some fascinating extracts from it.
  AGENT CODY BANKS: THE MAKING OF
It may be overused, but how else do you describe driving a Ferrari, flying a helicopter and hanging out with beautiful women when you’re still in high school? Hal Hayes checks out the world of Agent Cody Banks and concedes that it is… well, awesome.
ALAN HICKS WINS 2015 DAVID & JOAN WILLIAMS DOCUMENTARY FELLOWSHIP ALAN HICKS WINS 2015 DAVID & JOAN WILLIAMS DOCUMENTARY FELLOWSHIP
Alan Hicks' debute feature doco, Keep On Keepin' On, has won the $50,000 David and Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship; the film, which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, is based on the life of jazz musician Clark Terry.
  ALFIE - AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK
Almost 40 years on, Alfie is back on the big screen. Eleanor Singer charts the progress of his modern-day embodiment, Jude Law, as he makes his amoral way through the ‘swinging Manhattan’ of 2004.
  ALFRED HITCHCOCK RETROSPECTIVE
An extensive retrospective that includes all 56 of Alfred Hitchcock’s films still in existence and 17 selected episodes for television will be GoMA’s star attraction for the next two months.
  ALIEN ANTHOLOGY ON BLU-RAY - WITH THE MU-TH-UR OF INTERACTION
Brand new bonus materials and the debut of the groundbreaking interactive experience, MU-TH-UR Mode, are highlights of the Alien Anthology on Blu-ray (out from November 3, 2010), with all four Alien films “reinvigorated for an intense Blu-ray high-definition viewing experience”.
  ALL IS LOST – FEATURED PREVIEW
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a man (Robert Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner’s intuition, and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meagre supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face and his chances of surviving so very low.
  ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2012 – LAUNCH
Opening night (March 6) at the 2012 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival (March 6 - April 9)– and the official French Oscar entry for 2012 – is Valérie Donzelli’s Declaration of War, a contempo drama about a young couple defiant in the face of a baby with brain tumour; the Fest will close with Francois Truffaut’s 1980 classic, The Last Metro, starring Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve.
  ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2013 – PREVIEW
“Few achievements in the world of cinema can equal it,” says venerable film critic Roger Ebert about Marcel Carné’s Les Enfants du Paradis (1945) a fabulous restored version of which (its Australian premiere) will close this year’s Alliance Francaise French Film Festival. It will be a resonant finale to a festival with 20 of the program’s 43 films Australian premieres, including the opening film, Christian Vincent’s Haute Cuisine.
AMERICAN BEAUTY AMERICAN BEAUTY
American Beauty - the title resonates with promise but it's the irony that hits you after you've seen the film and the ambiguities that it unleashes. The combination of Alan Ball's exceptional screenplay and the opportunity to work with Sam Mendez, one of the world's premiere theatre directors, proved a powerful lure to the likes of Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening; here, the lead cast talk about their roles.
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS: WINNERS 2001 AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS: WINNERS 2001
The Lord of the Rings (part 1) has won its first major official accolade with a Movie of the Year award from America’s Film Institute, while Moulin Rouge won awards for editing and music score, and Judy Davis was voted Actor of the Year – Female, for her role as Judy Garland in “Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" (ABC).
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE HONOURS AUSSIES: NOMINATIONS 2001 AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE HONOURS AUSSIES: NOMINATIONS 2001
With their nominations in key categories, Aussies Jill Bilcock, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe (pic), Judy Davis, Frances O’Connor and Naomi Watts have turned the inaugural American Film Institute’s awards into an off-shore sort of Australian awards and for good measure, Rachel Griffiths has been chosen as one of the first presenters, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Haley Joel Osment, Michelle Pfeiffer and others.
AMISTAD AMISTAD
Andrew L. Urban pores over the filmmakers' notes, in which Steven Spielberg's (pictured) film Amistad has brought into the open a crucial episode in American history, which few Americans ever learnt about. But it also issues a challenge to Australians to discover more of their own history.
AMORES PERROS AMORES PERROS
The director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and the writer, Guillermo Arriaga Jordan, of Amores Perros (Love’s a Bitch) passionately explain their motives and feelings about making the multi-award winning film, which is an enigmatic, haunting, visceral study of the oft-suffering human condition.
AMY - ON LOCATION AMY - ON LOCATION
Scribbled notes during a Melbourne stage performance of Man of La Mancha, a vague idea - and a woman who could dance but not walk; these are some of the ingredients that prompted David Parker to write Amy, and his wife Nadia Tass to direct it. Andrew L. Urban visited the Melbourne location for this report.
  AN ASIAN MOMENT
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Nov 23, 2012) have now got to the stage of being probably the biggest and most prestigious film event in Australia, says Geoff Gardner; it seems we are indeed in an Asian moment, as this year’s Awards are presented in Brisbane. But still no Federal support.
  AN EDUCATION – INSIDER BRIEFING
The stars and filmmakers talk about turning a memoir of a teenager in 1961 London into one of the most enjoyable films of the year. Editor’s Advice: Do NOT read this article until you’ve seen the film; you’ll get a lot more out of both.
ANACONDA: PLAYING WITH SNAKES ANACONDA: PLAYING WITH SNAKES
Making a film like Anaconda is an adventure in itself. To bring the thrills to the screen, filmmakers take risks, invent new ways of doing things and go through a survival test. Andrew L. Urban pieces together some of the background.
ANALYZE THIS ANALYZE THIS
Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro and director Harold Ramis talk about Analyze This, a comedy with something to say; beneath the humour of the mobster who needs a shrink to sort out his panic attacks
  ANASTASIA - VIDEOS & CDS WON
ANATOMY OF A LOW BUDGET, PRIVATELY FINANCED AUSTRALIAN FILM ANATOMY OF A LOW BUDGET, PRIVATELY FINANCED AUSTRALIAN FILM
It was about to shoot when they lost 25% of the money. . . it was spartan and draining, but as Spudmonkey's producer JONATHAN SILVER (pic) tells in his own words, the film was getting made because everyone believed in the screenplay.
  ANCHORMAN 2 – TOO WHAT?
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (releasing December 19, 2013) is a suitable Christmas present for fans of the too absurd, too bizarre and deadpan stupidity, vanity and nerdiness of Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  AND THE OSCAR GOES TO … OVER THE YEARS
Just days before this year’s Oscars telecast (Monday, March 3, 2014 AEDT), TCM is screening a new documentary, And The Oscar Goes To ... narrated by Anjelica Huston, taking viewers behind the scenes, behind the race to the awards – and behind some of the great (mostly) American films of the past 70 or so years.
  ANDREWS, JULIE – SCREEN ACTORS GUILD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Julie Andrews, who for more than a half-century has been a beloved and much-honoured stage, film, television and recording star, as well as a celebrated author and dedicated goodwill ambassador, will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Andrews will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, on Sunday, January 28, 2007.
  ANGELOPOULOS, THEO – OBITUARY
Geoff Gardner looks back on the filmmaker’s life
ANGST: PAIN IS FUNNY ANGST: PAIN IS FUNNY
PAIN IS FUNNY - Andrew L. Urban visits the set of Angst to talk to director Daniel Nettheim, who at 33 is the oldest on the shoot and reckons pain is funny – if it's someone else's.
ANIMAL LOGIC AT THE MOULIN ROUGE ANIMAL LOGIC AT THE MOULIN ROUGE
When you look at the fantasy that is Paris and the Moulin Rouge in Baz Luhrmann’s eye popping romantic musical tragedy, you’re looking at virtual reality in the service of cinema, reports Andrew L. Urban.
ANNA AND THE KING ANNA AND THE KING
Thought you knew the story of the British governess who won the heart of the King of Siam? Well think again: Fox’s Anna and the King, starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat, opens up an epic new vista on one of the world’s most exotic love affairs, reports NICK RODDICK.
  ANNA KARENINA - GREAT GRETA GREATEST
With the advent of the latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Andrew L. Urban pays tribute to Greta Garbo, one of the greats of cinema, who played the title role in the 1935 film, directed by Clarence Brown, for which Garbo won the New York Film Critics Circle Award. Play the song I WANT TO BE ALONE that Andrew Urban wrote and Louise Keller sings in tribute to Garbo.
  ANTENNA DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2012 - PREVIEW
Opening the 2012 Antenna Documentary Festival (Oct 10 - 14, 2012) for its Sydney premiere will be the daring exposé from Danish director Mads Brugger, The Ambassador (Denmark, 2011). This unique and at times shocking documentary follows journalist/director Brugger who, with surprising ease, buys himself a consular posting to the Central African Republic, and with this undercover guise, investigates the country’s access to ‘blood’ diamonds and meets murderous thugs, shady opportunists and crooked diplomats - all the while recording his dangerous encounters on hidden camera.
  ANTENNA DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2013 - PREVIEW
Antenna Documentary Festival 2013, comprising over 30 unique documentaries, will screen next month in Sydney and for the first time in Melbourne, will open with The Network – the hopes and perils of launching a TV station in Afghanistan. The program also includes The House I Live in, Eugene Jarecki’s powerful film about the terrible damage caused by the 40 year war on drugs, as well as a tribute to the late Australian documentarian, Dennis O’Rourke.
ANTITRUST ANTITRUST
Antitrust is an action thriller set in the cut-throat world of the computer industry. And it’s Ryan Phillippe's throat that’s on the line. Max Levant reports.
APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX: DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX: DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
Claiming that this longer version is sexier, funnier, more bizarre, more romantic and is more politically intriguing than the orginal Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola also believes it blasts away at ‘the stench of a lie’ about the Vietnam war; it’s an anti-lie film.
  APOCALYPTO – THEY CAN YUCATAN
In Apocalypto, two Australians– director Mel Gibson and cinematographer Dean Semler – conspire to take us back in time and place to the ancient Maya of Yucatan, as authentically as possible, from the language to the location.
  APSA 2009 – WINNERS
Australian stories of two very different relationships, Samson & Delilah and Mary and Max, have won Best Feature and Best Animation respectively at this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Gold Coast, Nov. 26, 2009) with Iranian and Palistinian films sharing the Jury Grand Prize.
  APSA 2013 - WINNERS
The first film to be fully funded by the Palestinian film industry, Omar, has won the Best Feature Film Award at the seventh annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film, announced at the ceremony at Brisbane’s City Hall today.
ARONSON, LINDA ARONSON, LINDA
Writers should push the boundaries and keep up with audiences who are fast on the uptake, warns acclaimed Australian screenwriting guru Linda Aronson, or they will become nothing but re-writers – of other people’s novels.
  ART OF LEGEND OF THE GURADIANS, THE
A spectacular book is now available from Animal Logic, featuring the digitally generated images the company created that brought to life the imaginary world of Ga’hoole for their epic animated adventure, The Legend of the Guardians; the Owls of Ga’hoole. Andrew L. Urban steps into this unique world via its pages.
  ARTHOUSE IS NOT DEAD – EVERYWHERE
You could go a whole year and see hundreds of movies – in cinemas - without seeing a single Hollywood movie, says Andrew L. Urban, and arthouse cinema in general is alive and well – but not everywhere.
  ARTIST, THE – INSIDER BRIEFING
A silent movie in the style of 1920s Hollywood has captured the imagination of both the film biz and audiences. And no wonder: it is a romantic yet bitter sweet story – and unique in today’s movie world. Here is an Insider’s Guide to the making of The Artist.
AS GOOD AS IT GETS -     PRESS CONFERENCE AS GOOD AS IT GETS - PRESS CONFERENCE
Jack Nicholson (pictured), one of the greatest living American screen actors gave a press conference in Sydney. Accompanied by Greg Kinnear, his co-star in As Good As It Gets, and writer/directorJames L. Brooks, he revealed he nearly didn't take the part. Andrew L. Urban and Louise Keller report on the press conference.
ASDA AWARDS 2003 ASDA AWARDS 2003
Fred Schepisi’s body of work is recognised by his peers in this year’s Outstanding Achievement ASDA Award; five other directors – including one woman – are also honoured, as guest presenter Wim Wenders hands out the accolades in Sydney.
  ASDA AWARDS 2004
Ray Lawrence (Lantana, Bliss) was awarded this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award by his film director peers at this week’s presentation ceremony, with Peter Weir as ASDA’s (Australian Screen Directors Association) special guest, at the dinner held at the old St Patrick’s College on Manly hill overlooking Sydney harbour.
ASIA PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL 2001 ASIA PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL 2001
Christine Piper reports how Western audiences are shifting their perceptions about Asian cinema – aided by films such as In the Mood for Love, and festivals such as the Sydney Asia Pacific Film Festival, now in its second year.
  ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2007 – NOMINEES
Joan Chen (in Tony Ayres’ The Home Song Stories) is nominated for the Best Actress award in the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and Australian filmmakers Michael James Rowland and Helen Barnes are nominees for the screenplay award (for Lucky Miles), while features from Lebanon, Iran, Indonesia, Korea and Turkey are vying for the Best Film award.
  ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2007 – WINNERS
A Turkish actor, a Korean actress, Palestinian and Iranian directors and Australia’s Dr George Miller were among the recipients of the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards, presented at the Sheraton Mirage on the Gold Coast, on the Pacific shore, where 500 film industry practitioners and international officials gathered to witness this visionary landmark event, as Andrew L. Urban reports. (Pic Secret Sunshine)
  ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2008 - NOMINATIONS
Just days after its IF Awards nomination for Best Film, and the Australian Directors Guild nomination of Elissa Down for Best Director, her film The Black Balloon is the only Australian film to be nominated (Best Children’s Film) in the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, to be presented on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on November 11.
  ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2008 - WINNERS
aking with the antiquated rituals of the Oscars, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards produced a presentation that generated interest in the nominated films – many of which have not had much exposure outside their home countries – and put the filmmakers and their work the focus, while also delivering glamour and buzz, reports Andrew L. Urban from the Gold Coast.
  ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2009 – NOMINATIONS
Three Australian films – Samson & Delilah, Mary and Max and Gandhi’s Children – are among the 37 nominated films from 16 countries in their year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards, to be presented on the Gold Coast on November 16.
  ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2010 - NOMINEES
There are 31 films from 15 countries and areas. Here are the nominees in the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
  ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2010 – WINNERS
Chinese disaster epic wins Best Feature award, Korea’s Lee Chang-dong voted Best Director (Poetry), Israeli filmmaker Samuel Moaz wins Best Screenplay (Lebanon) at 4th APSA on the Gold Coast. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2011 – WINNERS
Two outstanding films dominated this year’s APSAs, but the Jury Highly Recommend several others – and Ivan Sen won the UNESCO Award for Toomelah.
  ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2016 - 10TH YEAR NOMINEES
Vying for Best Feature Film in this 10th year of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards are Mustafa Kara’s richly symbolic Northern Turkish tale Cold of Kalandar (Turkey, Hungary), Reza Mirkarimi’s portrait of the shifting balance of power within families, Daughter (Islamic Republic of Iran), Zeki Demirkubuz’ slow-burn psychological drama Ember (Turkey, Germany), Kirill Serebrennikov’s portrait of a student empowered by religious fanaticism, The Student (Russian Federation) and spiritual epic and passion project, Muhammad: the Messenger of God, by Iranian master Majid Majidi.
  ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2016: COLD OF KALANDAR WINS THREE AWARDS
  AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS 2012 - PREVIEW
German cinema is enjoying a bloom of quality films as evidenced by this year’s program, which has been curated with the help of two Australian film writers & critics, under incoming Director of the Goethe Institute, Dr Arpad Sölter, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  AUSSIE CINEFEST LAUNCHED
Several award winning and/or festival selected Australian films – including over two dozen made by students at the Australian Film Television and Radio School - can now be downloaded (for as little as US$1.99) via broadband from anywhere in the world at AussieClix, the first country-dedicated section on the premiere CineClix.com website, in a pioneering digital distribution arrangement facilitated by Urban Cinefile, as announced at the Berlin Film Festival today (10/2/2005).
  AUSSIE HORROR THE TUNNEL BREAKS THROUGH ONLINE DISTRIBUTION FEAR BARRIER
The first Australian crowd-source funded feature, The Tunnel, has broken through the fear barrier of online distribution, reports Andrew L. Urban.
AUSSIES AT TORONTO 98 AUSSIES AT TORONTO 98
PAUL FISCHER continues his coverage of the 23rd Toronto International Film Festival with special reports on what the Australians are doing there.
  AUSTRALIA – INSIDER BRIEFING
A huge journey, a vast continent, a major transformation, love, family and change in a precarious world – these are some of the big themes that drew Baz Luhrmann to a challenging task of making Australia – the movie.
  AUSTRALIAN DVD AWARDS 2002 – CAST YOUR VOTES
As one of the sponsors of these new awards (launched 2001), we invite our readers to cast their votes online (with a chance to win great prizes – see below) in the public categories. Presented by Region 4 Magazine and Pioneer Electronics, the Australian DVD Awards will be presented on March 7, 2003 at Sydney’s luxurious State Theatre.
AUSTRALIAN DVD AWARDS 2003 - THE NOMINATIONS AUSTRALIAN DVD AWARDS 2003 – THE NOMINATIONS
Nominations for the second Australian DVD Awards (March 7, State Theatre, Sydney) feature some of the anticipated high profile releases – such as Lord of The Rings with 7 nominations - but some of the less obvious DVDs are also contenders, like Leunig’s animated cartoons and Dinotopia.
AUSTRALIAN DVD AWARDS 2003 - THE WINNERS AUSTRALIAN DVD AWARDS 2003 – THE WINNERS
Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring lorded it over all comers the 2nd Australian DVD awards at Sydney’s glorious State Theatre on Friday March 7, picking up five awards including Best Use Of Special Features, Best Audio Commentary, Best Box Set Presentation, Best DVD and Highest Selling DVD 2002. Jackson recorded a special message of thanks for the night – on DVD.
AUSTRALIAN DVD AWARDS 2004 - THE NOMINATIONS AUSTRALIAN DVD AWARDS 2004 – THE NOMINATIONS
  AUSTRALIAN DVD AWARDS 2004 – THE WINNERS
Peter Jackson sent an acceptance speech on digi-tape (via Urban Cinefile), Kate Ceberano opened the night in great style (at the piano) and Dave Hughes hosted the event with larrikin good humour (with an edge), as 500 DVD players (people, not machines) gathered in Sydney’s gorgeous State Theatre to recognise excellence in DVD making (in just over an hour). (And to party…)
AUSTRALIAN EFFECTS AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2002 AUSTRALIAN EFFECTS AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2002
The creative and technical wizards behind Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Ice Age, Band of Brothers, Moulin Rouge and many more films, will gather in Sydney in February 2002 from around the world at the AEAF; you can attend, filmmakers can show their own work and can also enter the awards.
AUSTRALIAN FILMS AT CANNES 1998 AUSTRALIAN FILMS AT CANNES 1998
Twelve new feature films are screening at Cannes this year, two of them in the Festival programme, and all of them on the market for international sales. On this page, we present a snapshot of each film.
AUSTRALIAN FILMS AT CANNES 1999 AUSTRALIAN FILMS AT CANNES 1999
Here’s a snapshot list of all the Australian features at Cannes. (Pic, Siam Sunset)
AUSTRALIAN MOVIE CONVENTION 1998 AUSTRALIAN MOVIE CONVENTION 1998
Close to 800 delegates have gathered here at the Royal Pines Resort for the annual get together of cinema operators and film distributors, to exchange everything from pats on the back to bitchy gossip, to see new movies on the way, and to check out the latest cinema sight and sound technology and candy bar gizmo; Andrew L. Urban reports from the inside. (Parent Trap, pic)
  AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION DESIGN GUILD AWARDS 2013 - WINNERS
Winners were announced on November 19, 2013 in the annual APDG Awards at a ceremony hosted by Phil Scott held at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction. The Awards celebrate the work of designers across film, television, live performance and interactive media. The Docklands Studios Melbourne Award for Design on a Feature Film was shared by two feature films – THE SAPPHIRES awarded to Melinda Doring, Janie Parker & Glen W Johnson and THE GREAT GATSBY, awarded to Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy & Ian Gracie.
  AUSTRALIAN SCREEN EDITORS AWARDS 2010 – NOMINATIONS
Animal Kingdom, Balibo, Beneath Hill 60, Bright Star and Coffin Rock compete for honours as the Australian Screen Editors Awards for Best Editing 2010 are announced.
  AUSTRALIANS AT CANNES 2005
For the first time, two Australian films will be screened as a single program in Un Certain Regard, the Cannes sidebar devoted to the filmmaker’s personal vision: Jewboy, a 52 minute feature by director Tony Krawitz, and Yellow Fella, a 25 minute documentary by award-winning director Ivan Sen, will screen as one feature-length program. Clara, a stop-motion animation by director Van Sowerwine, will screen in the Shorts Competition, and Greg McLean’s thriller, Wolf Creek, screens in Directors Fortnight.
AVOIDING AMBIGUITY AVOIDING AMBIGUITY
New York lawyer John J. Tormey III advises producers to be skeptical with contracts – even those from the big studios – when it comes to getting your fair share of the returns - whether your film is a titan or a mouse.
AWARDS SEASON 2002 AWARDS SEASON 2002
With the Australian film critics’ awards now slotted for October 31 (moved from its usual February slot), the end-of-year award season offers Australian filmmakers a succession of showcases, with the IF awards announced on November 6 (in Sydney) and the AFI Awards on November 15 (in Melbourne). But they’re not all ‘on the same page’, as Andrew L. Urban explains.
  AWARDS SEASON FOR AUSTRALIAN FILMS - 2004
The four major presentations in the annual Australian movie awards season will take place in a 13 day window from October 29 to November 10, with the Ovation channel broadcasting the AFI Awards in full and SBS telecasting the IF Awards. Here is our quick guide to the season
  AWARDS THAT SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN GIVEN
Cannes is the altar of cinema; but the commercial awards are a different ballpark and sometimes the ball lands out of court …. says Oscar Hexler.
  AZTEC REX – AN AFFORDABLE (AND GORY) DINO MOVIE
As Aussie director Brian Trenchard-Smith wraps shooting in Hawaii on his latest feature, Aztec Rex, he talks about making this gory creature feature for a seriously low budget – and how he did it. (Extracted with thanks from Fangoria magazine.)





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