IF Awards Winners
November 17, 2011
A film with a dog as its main star has taken out the major prize at this year’s Inside Film (IF) Awards.
Red Dog, which is based on the true story of a dog who unites the residents of an outback country town, took home seven awards from nine nominations, including best feature film, at the People’s Choice Awards in Sydney on Wednesday night.
Producer Nelson Woss, who walked the event’s red carpet with his canine star Koko, attributed the film’s success to its Australian heart.
“I think it’s uniquely Australian and everyone involved in it had a lot of fun and I think that comes through in the film,” he told AAP.
“The story is about heart and passion and the Aussie spirit.”
Earlier in the night, Koko was the perfect red carpet guest, barking on cue to steal the spotlight.
Red Dog’s human star, Hollywood actor Josh Lucas, was named best actor for his role.
In a video message accepting his award, Lucas acknowledged his fellow nominees which included Aussie actors Vince Colosimo, Matthew Newton and David Wenham, and dedicated the award to his canine co-star.
“I am humbled to be accepting this award amongst such great nominees,” he said.
Red Dog also received awards for best script, best box office achievement, best cinematography, best music and best direction by Kriv Stenders.
ABC film critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton were honoured for their 25 years on air with the Living Legend IF Award.
“It’s something that I must say we would have never have expected originally when we started the program 25 years ago,” Stratton told AAP, with Pomeranz adding they were feeling a little overwhelmed.
Face to Face, which was filmed in one room over 12 days, received just one award for best editing from its six nominations.
Best actress nominee for the film, Sigrid Thornton, said the movie was not to be underestimated.
“We like to speak of the film as the little engine that could,” she said.
“It’s a tiny little film. It’s great to have something like Face to Face, a no budget picture nominated alongside Red Dog.”
Oranges and Sunshine leading lady Emily Watson took out the award for best actress. The film about children in the UK who were sent to Australia and Canada and into forced labour also took home the prize for best production design.
Other winners included Underbelly: Razor star Anna McGahan, who walked away with the Out of the Box IF Award, while Rachel Perkins was awarded for her contribution to television.
The full list of winners at the 2011 IF (Inside Film) Awards:
Best Feature Film – Red Dog
Best Actor – Josh Lucas, Red Dog
Best Actress – Emily Watson, Oranges and Sunshine
Best Direction – Kriv Stenders, Red Dog
Best Script – Red Dog
Best Cinematography – Red Dog
Best Editing – Face to Face and Snowtown
Best Music – Red Dog
Best Sound – Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Best Production Design – Oranges and Sunshine
Best Box Office Achievement – Red Dog
Best Short Documentary – Umoja: No Men Allowed
Best Short Film – When the Wind Changes
Best Short Animation – The Missing Key
Best Music Video – Magic by Olivia Newton-John and WACCI
Best Film Festival – Dungog Film Festival
Best Documentary – I Am Eleven
Contribution to Television – Rachel Perkins
Independent Spirit – Mad Bastards
Living Legend – Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton
Out of the Box – Anna McGahan
Rising Talent – Anthony Maras