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OUR 19th ANNIVERSARY

This month (February 2016) we celebrate our 19th Anniversary, and look forward to our 1,000th weekly edition on May 5, 2016. To mark our 19th annual milestone, we recall the Australian films that have won or were nominated in the AFI - and latterly the AACTA - Best Film Awards during our publishing lifetime. These are not the only films worth remembering and celebrating, but it gives us a sense of the recent past in Australian cinema – of which we have been a regular journal of record.

We believe that nominees in film awards (in every category) are all worthy of celebration and recognition. They each demonstrate excellence achieved in a medium that demands collaboration, creativity and excellence in execution. Each team of filmmakers is led by a producer, who otherwise often goes unrecognised for their work – which begins before production and continues for years afterwards.

Full details of who made these films, together with reviews, interviews, set visit reports and other articles, can be accessed via our Australian Films page.


Kiss or Kill (1997), The Interview (1998), Two Hands (1999)

BEST FILM AWARD WINNERS & NOMINEES 1997 - 2015

1997
WINNER: Kiss Or Kill Bill. Bennett, Jennifer Bennett (Dir: Bill Bennett)

NOMINEES:
Blackrock. David Elfick (Dir: Steve Vidler)
Doing Time For Patsy Cline. Chris Kennedy, John Winter (Dir: Chris Kennedy)
The Well. Sandra Levy (Dir: Samantha Lang)

1998
WINNER: The Interview Bill Hughes (Dir: Craig Monahan)

NOMINEES:
Head On. Jane Scott (Dir: Ana Kokkinos)
Radiance. Ned Lander, Andrew Myer (Dir: Rachel Perkins)
The Boys. Robert Connolly, John Maynard (Dir: Rowan Woods)

1999
WINNER:Two Hands. Marian Macgowan (Dir: Gregor Jordan)

NOMINEES:
Praise. Martha Coleman (Dir: John Curran)
Siam Sunset. Al Clark (Dir: John Polson)
Soft Fruit. Helen Bowden (Dir: Christina Andreef)

2000
WINNER: Looking For Alibrandi. Robyn Kershaw (Dir: Kate Woods)

NOMINEES:
Better Than Sex Bruna Papandrea, Frank Cox (Dir: Johnathan Teplitzky)
Bootmen Hilary Linstead (Dir: Dein Perry)
Chopper Michele Bennett (Dir: Andrew Dominic)

2001
WINNER: Lantana. Jan Chapman (Dir: Ray Lawrence)

NOMINEES:
Moulin Rouge. Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann, Fred Baron (Dir: Baz Luhrmann)
The Bank. John Maynard (Dir: Robert Connolly)
The Dish. Santo Cilauro, Michael Hirsh, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy, Rob Sitch (Dir: Rob Sitch)

2002
WINNER: Rabbit-Proof Fence. Phillip Noyce, Christine Olsen, John Winter (Dir: Phillip Noyce)

NOMINEES:
Australian Rules. Mark Lazarus (Dir: Paul Goldman)
Beneath Clouds. Teresa-Jayne Hanlon (Dir: Ivan Sen)
The Tracker. Rolf de Heer, Julie Ryan (Dir: Rolf de Heer)


Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), Japanese Story (2003), Somersault (2004)

2003
WINNER: Japanese Story. Sue Maslin, Sue Brooks, Alison Tilson (Dir: Sue Brooks)

NOMINEES:
Alexandra's Project. Julie Ryan, Domenico Procacci (Dir: Rolf de Heer)
Gettin' Square. Martin Fabinyi, Timothy White, Trish Lake (Dir: Jonathan Teplitzky)
The Rage In Placid Lake. Marian Macgowan (Dir: Tony McNamara)

2004
WINNER: Somersault. Anthony Anderson (Dir: Cate Shortland)

NOMINEES:
Love's Brother. Jane Scott, Sarah Radclyffe (Dir: Jan Sardi)
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories. Julie Ryan, Michelle de Broca (Dir: Rolf de Heer)
Tom White. Alkinos Tsilimidos, Daniel Scharf (Dir: Alkinos Tsilimidos)

2005
WINNER: Look Both Ways. Bridget Ikin (Dir: Sarah Watt)

NOMINEES:
Little Fish. Vincent Sheehan, Liz Watts, Richard Keddie (Dir: Rowan Woods)
Oyster Farmer. Anthony Buckley, Piers Tempest (Dir: Anna Reeves)
The Proposition. Chris Brown, Jackie O'Sullivan, Chiara Menage, Cat Villiers (Dir: John Hillcoat)

2006
WINNER: Ten Canoes. Julie Ryan, Rolf de Heer (Dir: Rolf de Heer)

NOMINEES:
Candy. Margaret Fink, Emile Sherman (Dir: Neil Armfield)
Jindabyne. Catherine Jarman (Dir: Ray Lawrence)
Kenny. Clayton Jacobson, Rohan Timlock (Dir: Clayton Jacobson)

2007
WINNER: Romulus, My Father. Robert Connolly, John Maynard (Dir: Richard Roxburgh)

NOMINEES:
Lucky Miles. Jo Dyer, Lesley Dyer (Dir: Michael James Rowland)
Noise. Trevor Blainey (Dir: Matthew Saville)
The Home Song Stories. Liz Watts, Michael McMahon (Dir: Tony Ayres)

2008
WINNER: The Black Balloon. Tristram Miall (Dir: Elissa Down)

NOMINEES:
The Jammed. Dee McLachlan, Andrea Buck, Sally Ayre-Smith (Dir: Dee McLachlan)
The Square. Louise Smith (Dir: Nash Edgerton)
Unfinished Sky. Cathy Overett, Anton Smit (Dir: Peter Duncan)


Samson & Delilah (2009), Animal Kingdom (2010), Red Dog (2011)

2009
WINNER: Samson & Delilah. Warwick Thornton (Dir: Warwick Thornton)

NOMINEES:
Balibo. John Maynard, Rebecca Williamson (Dir: Robert Connolly)
Beautiful Kate. Leah Churchill-Brown, Bryan Brown (Dir: Rachel Ward)
Blessed. Al Clark (Dir: Ana Kokkinos)

2010
WINNER: Animal Kingdom. Liz Watts (Dir: David Michôd))

NOMINEES:
Beneath Hill 60. Toby Oliver ACS (Dir: Jeremy Sims)
Bran Nue Dae. Robyn Kershaw, Graeme Isaac (Dir: Rachel Perkins)
Bright Star. Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt (Dir: Jane Campion)
The Tree. Sue Taylor, Yaël Fogiel (Dir: Julie Bertucelli)
Tomorrow When The War Began. Andrew Mason, Michael Boughen (Dir: Stuart Beattie)

2011 - Inaugural AACTA Awards
WINNER: Red Dog. Nelson Woss, Julie Ryan (Dir: Kriv Stenders)

NOMINEES:
The Eye of the Storm. Antony Waddington, Gregory Read, Fred Schepisi (Dir: Fred Schepisi)
The Hunter. Vincent Sheehan (Dir:Daniel Nettheim)
Mad Bastards. David Jowsey, Alan Pigram, Stephen Pigram, Brendan Fletcher (Dir: Brendan Fletcher)
Snowtown. Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw (Dir: Justin Kurzel)

2012
WINNER: The Sapphires. Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne (Dir: Wayne Blair)

NOMINEES:
Burning Man. Andy Peterson, Jonathan Teplitzky (Dir: Jonathan Teplitzky)
Lore. Karsten Stöter, Liz Watts, Paul Welsh, Benny Drechsel (Dir: Cate Shortland)
Wish You Were Here. Angie Fielder (Dir: Kieran Darcy-Smith)

2013
WINNER: The Great Gatsby. Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Catherine Knapman (Dir: Baz Luhrmann)

NOMINEES:
Dead Europe. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Lz Watts (Dir: Tony Krawitz)
Mystery Road. David Jowsey (Dir: Ivan Sen)
The Rocket. Sylvia Wilczynski (Dir: Kim Mordaunt)
Satellite Boy. David Jowsey, Julie Ryan, Catriona McKenzie (Dir: Catriona McKenzie)
The Turning. Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles, The Turning Ensemble (Dir: various)

2014
WINNER: The Babadook. Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere (Dir: Jennifer Kent)
The Water Diviner. Andrew Mason, Keith Rodger, Troy Lum (Dir: Russell Crowe)

NOMINEES:
Charlie’s Country. Nils Erik Nielsen, Peter Djigirr, Rolf de Heer (Dir: Rolf de Heer)
Predestination. Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan, Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig (Dir: Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig)
The Railway Man. Chris Brown, Andy Paterson, Bill Curbishly (Dir: Johnathan Teplitzky)
Tracks. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning (Dir: John Curran)

2015
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road. Doug Mitchell, PJ Voeten, George Miller (Dir: George Miller)

NOMINEES:
The Dressmaker. Sue Maslin (Dir: Jocelyn Moorhouse)
Holding the Man. Kylie du Fresne (Dir: Neil Armfield)
Last Cab to Darwin. Greg Duffy, Jeremy Sims (Dir: Jeremy Sims)
Paper Planes. Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles, Liz Kearney (Dir: Robert Connolly)


The Babadook (2014), The Water Diviner (2014), Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

Producers with 3 or more credits in nominated and/or winning films are:
6 - Julie Ryan (won twice: Ten Canoes, Red Dog)
4 – Robert Connolly (won for Romulus My Father)
3 – David Jowsey, Emile Sherman & Iain Canning, Liz Watts, Rolf de Heer (won for Ten Canoes)

Directors with 3 or more credits in nominated and/or winning films are:
5 – Rolf de Heer (won for Ten Canoes)
3 – Robert Connolly
No director has won the award more than once in this period.

Published February 11, 2016

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SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS

OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY
PARTY PICS


Kiss or Kill - 1997


The Interview - 1998


Two Hands - 1999


Looking for Alibrandi - 2000


Lantana - 2001


Rabbit-Proof Fence - 2002


Japanese Story - 2003


Somersault - 2004


Look Both Ways - 2005


Romulus My Father - 2007


The Black Balloon - 2008


Samson & Delilah - 2009


Animal Kingdom - 2010


Red Dog - 2011


The Sapphires - 2012


The Great Gatsby - 2013


The Babadook - 2014


The Water Diviner - 2014


Mad Max: Fury Road - 2015







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