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 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Tuesday September 15, 2020 


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.

Baz himself did not take home an AFI Award, although Moulin Rouge won five in all, two of them with Catherine Martin’s name on them; costume design, and production design, the former shared with Angus Strathie.

The Lantana team was crowned collective kings of the world with seven awards and producer Jan Chapman especially acclaimed for the second night in a row: the previous evening she received the inaugural award for feature film producer of the year from her peers, the Screen Production Association of Australia.

In the Special Awards, highly respected critic and teacher David Stratton received a well deserved lifetime achievement award, and Russell Crowe was handed the inaugural Global Achievement Award. This is the first time the AFI has recognised Australian achievement in the international arena with an award, and echoes the Urban Cinefile Birthday Honours announced – by Russell – earlier this year. We recognised outstanding Australians in films made anywhere in the world – not just Australia, and inducted Russell into our Hall of Fame.

With a couple of exceptions (like Urban Cinefile) media were not given access to the after party, held adjacent to the Exhibition Building in Melbourne’s super smart, and stylishly contemporary Museum. Arguments about this move will smoulder for weeks if not months. The hefty ticket price ($275 – industry, $215 AFI members) for the night covered the presentation and the party, where food and drink and shoulder rubbing were available.

The usual VIP tables were absent, and guests strolled, stood, leant or bent around the spacious museum area in high spirits. Toni Collette, for example, was striking in a killer black number with a ruffle cleavage which contrasted with her new No 2 crew cut blonde hair and shoes with spikes for heels. Unidentified women strolled through the crowd wearing hats left behind by Melbourne Cup aficionados, but the majority of guests just mingled and re-mingled well into the late night.





Soon after midnight, another major party began, hosted by the people at Palace distribution (thank for the drinks, Anthony Zeccola) and Beyond Films (international sales), backers of Lantana, at The Champagne Lounge in Little Collins St, a stylish Melbourne bar with a capacity something over 100. The invitees splurged their host’s account and filled the bar to capacity in an enthusiastic celebration of Lantana’s shower of awards and acclaim. Even director Ray Lawrence, who was thought to have a standard 11pm bedtime curfew, partied on till 3 am.


Emirates AFI Award for Best Film:
Producer: Jan Chapman

AFI Award for Best Direction:
Ray Lawrence

The Australian AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay:
Robert Connolly
The Bank

AFI Award for Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Source:
& The inaugural Harper’s Bazaar Screenwriter’s Prize ($10,000):
Andrew Bovell

Harper's BAZAAR AFI Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Kerry Armstrong

Showtime AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Anthony LaPaglia

Jan Logan AFI Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Rachael Blake

Beyond AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Vince Colosimo

The Kirketon AFI Award for Best Costume Design:
Catherine Martin & Angus Strathie
Moulin Rouge

AFI Award for Best Sound:
Guntis Sics, Roger Savage & Andy Nelson
Moulin Rouge

Complete Post AFI Award for Best Editing:
Jill Bilcock
Moulin Rouge

AFI Award for Best Original Music Score:
Cezary Skubiszewski
La Spagnola

GMD AFI Award for Best Production Design:
Catherine Martin
Moulin Rouge

Empire AFI Award for Best Cinematography:
Donald M McAlpine ACS/ASC
Moulin Rouge

AFI Award for Best Foreign Film:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Producer: Ang Lee & James Schamus


Young Actor’s Award
John Sebastian Pilakui
Yolngu Boy

Raymond Longford Life Achievement Award
David Stratton

Byron Kennedy Award
Ian David

Global Achievement Award
Russell Crowe

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Coming here soon: video interviews with winners and guest stars of the Awards presentation night at Melbourne’s Exhibition Building and the after party.

Here's a short grab from our interview with
talking about A Beautiful Mind - coming soon.


Russell Crowe - Global Achievement Award


Anthony LaPaglia & Gia Carides

Kerry Armstrong

Baz Luhrmann & CM

Ray Lawrence, Jan Chapman, Andrew Bovell

David Stratton - Raymond Longford Lifetime Achievement Award

John Sebastian Pilakui - Young Actor’s Award

FLASHBACK to last year's Awards.

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