December 1, 2015
George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is favourite to be named best Australian film of the year after winning six AACTA Awards at the first instalment of the 2015 presentation.
The visually spectacular blockbuster dominated the industry dinner for technical and craft awards ahead of the main Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts ceremony in Sydney on December 9.
The fourth Mad Max film won six of the nine feature film awards on offer last night, including a second AFI/AACTA for Academy Award winner John Seale, who first won for his cinematography on Careful, He Might Hear You in 1983.
Mad Max: Fury Road also won for its editing (Margaret Sixel), music score (Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL), production design (Colin Gibson), visual effects (a team of six) and sound (team of seven).
Unsurprisingly, it missed in the original screenplay category to Robert Connolly and Steve Worland’s children’s film Paper Planes, while Reg Cribb and Jeremy Sims won for their adapted screenplay of Last Cab to Darwin. The most nominated film,The Dressmaker, won the costume design category for Marion Boyce and Margot Wilson on the day it passed $15 million at the local box office.
Michael Ware’s chilling Iraq war chronicle, Only the Dead, continued its award-winning run with three documentary AACTAs for direction, editing and sound. Damon Gameau’s box-office hit about the evils of added sugar, That Sugar Film, was named best feature-length documentary and Academy Award winner Adam Elliot won his fifth AFI/AACTA in the best short animation category, this time forErnie Biscuit.
The ABC won eight awards in the television category including the best documentary TV program nod for Sarah Ferguson’s series on the Rudd-Gillard years, The Killing Season. ABC3’s Ready for This was named best children’s TV series. Cornel Wilczek won the original music score award for the ABC’s Glitchwhile The Secret River’s Herbert Pinter won for production design.
Seven’s miniseries Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door won two AACTAs: for costume design (Jenny Miles) and direction in a drama or comedy (Shawn Seet). Foxtel’s Deadline Gallipoli also won two awards: Geoffrey Hall for cinematography and a team of six for sound.
Redfern Now’s Nicholas Holmes won for best editing in TV and Utopia’s Celia Pacquola was awarded best performance in a TV comedy.
The Dressmaker (12 nominations), Mad Max: Fury Road (11), Last Cab to Darwin(8), Paper Planes (5) and Holding the Man (6) will vie for the major best film prize next week.