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IF AWARDS 2009 – PREVIEW

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Public ratings of Australian films for the IF Awards closes September 18, two months before the presentation ceremony, to be held once again at Sydney’s Luna Park – a symbolically appropriate venue for the movie business, with its variety of wild and bumpy rides behind an oversized smiling face … which filmmakers will match that smile on November 18, when what promises to be a controversial award is handed out.


This will be the 11th IF Awards, and arguably one of the most contentious; how do you pick between films as varied as Australia, Balibo, Beautiful Kate, Cedar Boys, Disgrace, Mary & Max, Samson and Delilah, Prime Mover, Stone Bros, Two Fists One Heart … to name a few that actually had a theatrical run. Of course, with the rating system you don’t have to. You can rate them all 5 if you were so inclined. But come awards night, whichever film wins the Best Film If Award, it will be a controversial result.

"how many Australians had a chance to see many of them in a cinema?"

With 30 feature films eligible to be rated for an IF award, the big question is how many Australians had a chance to see many of them in a cinema? Not that this affects a film’s chances, because the rating system levels the playing field. If, for example, all the 1,220 people who saw Crush* during its one-week run in Perth rated it at 5 (out of 5) it would be ahead of any film which was rated 4 by everyone who saw it, even if 100,000 had seen it. (*Crush will be released nationally on DVD from October 8, 2009 – the same day that the film opens theatrically in Indonesia.) You can rate each film that you have seen for its main actor and/or actress, script and music as well as giving an overall rating for the film.

Of all the Australian movie awards, the IF is the only one (other than audience awards at the various festivals) which is decided exclusively by the movie going public. The AFI Awards is a hybrid, with ordinary AFI members and industry panels involved in the selection process; the film critics in Sydney and Melbourne have their own gongs, and the craft guilds (eg. Cinematographers) also have their internal award systems.

The nominees will be announced at a function on October 12.

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Acolytes
Australia
Bad Bush
Balibo
Beautiful
Beautiful Kate
Bitter and Twisted
Blessed
Cedar Boys
Charlie & Boots
Closed For Winter
Combination, The
Crush
Disgrace
Dying Breed
Four Of A Kind
Lake Mungo
Last Ride
Little Deaths
Loved Ones, The
Lucky Country
Mary & Max
My Year Without Sex
Prey
Prime Mover
Restraint
Salvation
Samson and Delilah
Shadows Of The Past
Stone Bros
Storage
Subdivision
Three Blind Mice
Two Fists One Heart
Van Diemen’s Land
View From Greenhaven, The

Published September 3, 2009
 

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