November 12, 2013
Australia has received three nominations in the seventh annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, announced on Tuesday.
But dozens of Australians, from Hugo Weaving to Mia Wasikowska, are recognised in just one of the nominations.
Film maker Robert Connolly says The Turning’s nomination for Best Film is amazing because of the amount of people it affects.
Connolly curated and produced the three-hour film, which was based on Tim Winton’s novel. He was also one of its 17 directors.
‘It’s wonderful news for all of the people involved, because The Turning’s such a big collaboration,’ Connolly told AAP, adding that a range of filmmakers, from writers, to producers, to cinematographers have been rewarded with the nod.
The Turning has earned more than $1 million at the Australian box office so far and Connolly says the nomination is a step toward the ‘exciting next stage’ for the film.
‘It’ll begin its journey now to finding an audience outside of the Australian theatrical,’ he says.
Wasikowska, who directed a segment in The Turning, also acted in another Aussie film nominated for an APSA – Tracks.
The APSAs recognise achievement in film in countries as far flung as Egypt, Russia, the Cook Islands and New Zealand. This year 39 films from 21 Asia Pacific countries received nominations.
Tracks received a nod for Achievement in Cinematography for Mandy Walker.
Aaron Pedersen was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor for his starring role in Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road.
Pedersen told AAP: ‘My motto is you can’t make a film by yourself, so it’s acknowledgement for everyone.’
The actor admitted he is feeling a little overwhelmed that Mystery Road is being recognised on an international stage.
The 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony will be held in Brisbane’s City Hall on Thursday 12 December.