IF AWARDS 2003 – WINNERS
DIVERSITY ACCLAIMED AT IF AWARDS
Two vastly different Australian films – the dramatic relationship study, Japanese Story and the crime comedy Gettin’ Square - shared the major accolades at this year’s If Awards, presented on Wednesday (Nov 12) at Wharf 8 in Sydney’s Pyrmont, hosted by Deborah Mailman and telecast on SBS (with repeats on Showtime).
Japanese Story won four IF Awards: Best Film (Sue Maslin producer), Best Direction (Sue Brooks), Best Actress (Toni Collette) and Best Cinematography (Ian Baker), while Gettin’ Square won five: Best Actor (David Wenham), Best Script (Chris Nyst), Best Music (MGF), Best Sound (John Schiefelbein, Antony Gray, Ian McLoughlin) and Best Editing (Ken Sallows).
Australian comedy, Crackerjack, won the Box Office Achievement Award and Steven Jones-Evans won the award for his production design for Ned Kelly.
Jill Bilcock was recognised for her outstanding contribution to the Australian film industry as an editor, as the recipient of the Freixenet Living Legend IF Award.
The IF Awards are voted by the general public, who rate each film out of 5, and the final averaged ratings are counted; industry professionals select winners in specialist categories. Some 50,000 votes were cast for the 2003 awards.
Highlights of the night included a clip of Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton under the sheets in bed, coming up for air with scores out of 5 stars; this was a humorous closer to Margaret’s statement about censorship and her experiences as one of the prominent journalists and critics who took a stand against the banning of Ken Park.
A naked male dashed on stage during one award presentation, although it isn’t clear what point the official streaker was intended to make. It did titillate, if that’s the right word, many of the females in the audience, including Rachel Ward, who was seen in a later replay of the event taking the man’s measure (just visually, we hasten to add).
By way of complete contrast, Ward’s husband Bryan Brown made a heartfelt and eloquent plea for the Government to stand fast on Australia’s cultural future in the free trade negotiations with the US. “Let’s not stuff around, take culture off the negotiating table completely. And to America we say, join us in celebrating the stories that come from the many and varied communities that make up our world. Put more of them on your screens.”
Matthew Saville was awarded the Lexus IF Award for Rising Talent for his comic writing and directing talent shown in his short film Roy Höllsdotter Live, which won the
Short Film award.
And Independent Spirit Award was awarded to Khoa Do, who directed The Finished People.
Published November 13, 2003
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The streaker flashes past Sigrid Thornton
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