ADG Congratulates ADG Award Winners and Nominees

Congratulations to all the ADG Award Winners and Nominees. Best Direction in a Feature Film went to Garth Davis for Lion, a film that was nominated for six Academy Awards and has made close to $30 million at the Australian Box Office. Acclaimed director Peter Weir presented the award to Garth Davis for his feature film debut.

Best Direction in a Documentary Feature Film was presented to Dan Jackson, for his work on In the Shadow of the Hill, set in the largest favela in Brazil. In the same category, Pete Gleeson received a High Commendation for his work in Hotel Coolgardie from the jury, who noted that the Documentary Feature category had a particularly high quality of submissions, at a time when it is difficult to raise money for feature length documentaries in Australia. After winning Best Direction in a Feature Film for Tanna in 2016, Bentley Dean and Martin Butler have won an ADG Award for the second year in a row, this year with their co-director Liz Jackson for Best Direction in a Documentary Short Subject for A Sense of Self. Best Direction in a Documentary Series went to Sally Aitken for Streets of Your Town.

In the television categories, the recent success of Molly continued with Kevin Carlin winning Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Mini Series. Emma Freeman won Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Drama Series for Secret City – The Watchers (Series 1, Episode 2) and the award for Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Comedy Program went to Matthew Saville for Please Like Me – Burrito Bowl (Series 4, Episode 5). Gary Conway won Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Drama Serial for Neighbours (Episode 7509).

The recipients of a number of special awards had already been announced and were presented at the Gala dinner. Courtney Gibson was presented with the prestigious Cecil Holmes Award, which is given from time to time to honour those who have promoted the art and craft of directing, and advocated for the role of the director. Director Daina Reid received the Michael Carson Award, which recognises excellence in the craft of television drama direction for her work on acclaimed series such as The Wrong Girl, Offspring, Hunters, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Secret River. The 2017 ADG Innovation Award was presented to Girl Geek Academy, a global movement encouraging women to learn technology, create startups and build more content for the internet.

Special thanks goes to everyone who helped with the awards including the volunteers and the film crew. A special thanks to Kerry Herman, Patricia Laksmono and Courtney Rawlings from the ADG who organised the night and for our Tasmanian Chapter Head Lucien Simon who produced and directed the broadcast with a great team which will be seen on Foxtel next month.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT POLICY

Prior to the Federal Budget the government announced a number of policy changes that relate to television production in Australia. This included changing the reach rules and reducing the license fees for broadcasters. At the end of this announcement the government also announced a broad ranging and comprehensive review of Australian and children’s content on television. The press release from the government stated the following:

“This year, the Department of Communications and the Arts, Screen Australia and the ACMA will undertake a review of Australian and children’s screen content. The review will identify sustainable policies to ensure the ongoing availability of Australian and children’s content to domestic and international audiences, regardless of platform.”

The Australian Directors Guild will be working with its colleagues from other guilds to build a clear consensus to support Australian and children’s content to ensure the Australian voice is not lost.

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