November 12, 2013
Australian actor Aaron Pedersen has been nominated for a best actor award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for his role in the Queensland-filmed Mystery Road.
A film shot largely in outback Queensland is flying the flag for Australia at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Mystery Road filmed in and around the central west town of Winton in 2012, tells the story of an indigenous detective investigating the brutal murder of a young Aboriginal girl, and has netted its star, Aaron Pedersen, a best actor nomination.
The glittering Asia-Pacific Screen Awards will be held at Brisbane City Hall on December 12, after the city council invested $1.75 million over three years to make the River City its permanent home.
Mystery Road’s stellar Australian cast includes Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling and Samara Weaving, but it has been Pedersen’s first lead feature film role that has garnered the most acclaim.
“It’s a real kaleidoscope of cultures, of stories and religions and beliefs and ways of life that make it so much more textured,” Mr Pedersen said.
“I hold it in high regard, it’s fabulous to see something like this, it’s a nice little nomination to get the acknowledgement on an international scale.”
Other Australian hopes for the awards include The Turning, a collection of short films based on the works of renowned author Tim Winton, which is nominated for best feature film.
Acting heavyweights Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne all star.
Australian Mandy Walker has been nominated for achievement in cinematography for Tracks, the story of a young woman who goes on a trek of nearly 3000 kilometres across the deserts of Western Australia with her four camels and dog.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said 39 films from 21 Asia Pacific countries had been nominated for the seventh annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
He said the awards were the region’s highest accolade in film, recognising and promoting cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the world’s fastest growing film region.
“The awards serve to enrich Brisbane’s cultural relationship with our regional neighbours,” Cr Quirk said.
APSA executive chair Michael Hawkins said Mystery Road was directed by Ivan Sen whose film Toomelah won the APSA UNESCO Award in 2011 for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film.
“Aaron Pedersen’s nomination for Mystery Road is a stunning endorsement of a film that has already garnered a great deal of critical acclaim and a great achievement for his first lead role in a feature film,” Mr Hawkins said.
Seventh annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards nominations:
Best feature film:
Like Father, Like Son (Soshite chichi ni naru) Japan
The Past (Le Passé) France, Italy
The Turning Australia
With You, Without You Sri Lanka
Best children’s feature film
Juvenile Offender (Beom-joe So-nyeon) Republic of Korea
Leaving on the 15th Spring (Tabidachi no Shima Uta – Jugo no Haru) Japan
Shopping New Zealand
Wadjda, Saudi Arabia, Germany
When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak) Palestine, Jordan
Best Documentary Feature Film
The Act of Killing Denmark, Norway, U.K
The Gatekeepers (Shomrei Hasaf) Israel, France, Germany, Belgium, Menstrual Man Singapore, India
No Burqas Behind Bars (Frihet Bakom Galler) Sweden, Japan, Netherlands, Denmark
A World Not Ours (Alam Laysa Lana) Lebanon, UK, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Palestine
Best animated feature film
The Fake (Sa-i-bi) Republic of Korea
Koo! Kin-Dza-Dza Russian Federation
Patema Inverted (Sakasama no Patema) Japan
The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) Japan
The World of Goopi and Bagha (Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya) India
Achievement in directing
Anthony Chen for Ilo Ilo Singapore
Emir Baigazin for Harmony Lessons (Uroki Garmonii) Kazakhstan-Germany-France
Hiner Saleem for My Sweet Pepperland Iraqi Kurdistan, France, Germany
Hirokazu Kore-eda for Like Father, Like Son (Soshite chichi ni naru) Japan
Shahram Mokri for Fish and Cat (Mahi Va Gorbeh) Islamic Republic of Iran
Asghar Farhadi for The Past (Le Passé) France, Italy
Denis Osokin for Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Nebesnye Zeny Lugovykh Mari) Russian Federation
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, Anisul Haque for Television Bangladesh, Germany
Ritesh Batra for The Lunchbox India, France, Germany
U-Wei Bin Hajisaari for Almayer’s Folly (Hanyut) Malaysia
Achievement in cinematography
Ehab Assal for Omar Palestine
Lu Yue for Back to 1942 (Yi Jiu Si Er) People’s Republic of China
Mandy Walker for Tracks Australia, UK
Murat Aliyev for The Old Man (Shal) Kazakhstan
Rajeev Ravi for Monsoon Shootout India, United Kingdom, Netherlands
Best performance by an actor
Aaron Pedersen in Mystery Road Australia
Adam Bakri in Omar Palestine
Lee Byung-hun in Masquerade Republic of Korea
Tatsuya Nakadai in Japan’s Tragedy (Nippon no higeki) Japan
Yerbolat Toguzakov in The Old Man (Shal) Kazakhstan
Best performance by an actress
Ayça Damgaci in Yozgat Blues Turkey, Germany
Golshifteh Farahani in My Sweet Pepperland Iraqi Kurdistan, France, Germany
Negar Javaherian in The Painting Pool Islamic Republic of Iran
Whirimako Black in White Lies (Tuakiri Huna) New Zealand
Zhang Ziyi in The Grandmaster (Yi dai zong shi) Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China