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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.

Visiting German filmmaker Wim Wenders handed Fred Schepisi the 2003 Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence over a body of work, presented by Schepisi’s peers, the Australian Screen Directors Association, at a dinner presentation on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2003 held at St Patrick’s College on the hill overlooking Manly (Sydney).

President of ASDA, Donald Crombie said, "Australia is fortunate in being able to claim Fred Schepisi as one of our own. The films he made in Australia -- The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The Devil's Playground, Evil Angels -- shaped the way Australians saw themselves and their society. Fred's proved himself both here and abroad to be a master of his craft. Equally at home with comedy and drama, Fred's diverse credits include such commercially and critically successful films as Plenty, Roxanne and The Russia House. With Six Degrees of Separation he made a film that is acknowledged internationally as one of the best films of the past decade. His latest work, Last Orders, has also played to great acclaim. ASDA is proud to pay tribute to his talent, commitment and imagination with our major Award."

The recipients of the 2003 ASDA Awards (for excellence over a body of work) are: film and television director Di Drew (Hildegarde; Whipping Boy); filmmaker Mark Joffe (Spotswood; Cosi; The Man Who Sued God); animator Yoram Gross (Blinky Bill; Dot and the Kangaroo); Oscar-nominated documentarian David Bradbury (Frontline; Loggerheads; Fond Memories of Cuba) and film writer and director John Duigan (The Year My Voice Broke; Flirting; Sirens). 

The dinner presentation was held in the banquet hall of the majestic old building, which now houses the International School of Tourism and Hotel Management, where guests included director Gillian Armstrong, actors Sam Neill and Simon Burke, producers Martin Brown and Lynda House, actor Angela Punch McGregor, writer/director Yahoo Serious, composer Paul Grabowsky, film critic David Stratton, the Chief Executive of the Australian Film Commission, Kim Dalton, and the editors of Urban Cinefile.

Published Thursday February 27

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Fred Schepisi
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On the set of Last Orders

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