IF AWARDS 2009 – PREVIEW
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.
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.
"how many Australians had a chance to see many of
them in a cinema?"
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.
Rate it at www.ifawards.com
Bitter and Twisted
Charlie & Boots
Closed For Winter
Four Of A Kind
Loved Ones, The
Mary & Max
My Year Without Sex
Samson and Delilah
Shadows Of The Past
Three Blind Mice
Two Fists One Heart
Van Diemen’s Land
View From Greenhaven, The
Published September 3, 2009
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