Australian Directors Guild Awards

On Friday the 2nd of May the Australian Directors Guild Awards were celebrated at the Powerhouse Museum. The black tie event is held annually to honour the exceptional work of Australian directors. The awards were hosted by writer and comedian Claire Hooper.

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Australian Directors Guild Awards

Best Direction in a Music Video went to David Barker for Nightingale Floor. The music video, featuring Kate Miller-Heidke, was created to bring attention to the destruction of orangutan habitats due to Palm Oil.

Best Direction in a Student Film went to Melissa Anastasi’s By This River.

Best Direction in a TV Comedy went to Mathew Saville for his episode ‘Portuguese Custard Tarts’ in series 1 of Please Like Me.

Best Direction in a TV Mini Series went to Khoa Do for Episode 4 of Better Man. 

Best Direction in a TV Drama Series was won by Rachel Perkins for her work in Series 2, Episode 2, ‘Starting Over’ in Redfern Now.

Daniel Nettheim took home the Esben Storm Award for Best Direction in a Children’s TV Program for his direction in Dance Academy, Series 3, Episode 12, ‘A Perfect Storm’.

Best Direction in a Documentary (Stand Alone) went to Corrie Chen for her direction in Suicide and Me. 

Best Direction in a Telemovie went to Rowan Woods for his work in The Broken Shore. 

Nick Robinson won the Best Direction in a Documentary Series for his work on Kakadu, Episode 4.

Best Direction in a Documentary Feature went to Sophia Turkiewicz for Once My Mother. 

Best Direction in a Feature Film went to Kim Mordaunt for his work in The Rocket. 

 

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‘Redfern Now’ Premiere

The new drama series from ABC, ‘Redfern Now’ was screened at The Block in Redfern yesterday. ‘Redfern Now’ is the first-ever Indigenous television drama and boasts a great cast including Wayne Blair, Deborah Mailman, Miranda Tapsell, Shari Sebbens, Leah Purcell, Dean Daley-Jones, Jimi Bani and Kelton Pell. The  six-part series was produced by Blackfella Films in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and Screen NSW. The TV series is filmed and set in the suburbs of Redfern.

Last night 3000 people were met with ice cream, sausage sizzles and juice boxes at the iconic Block. Performances were made by Casey Donovan and Marcus Corowa, and despite the strict alcohol ban everyone in the audience seem to have fun. Couples cosied up on their picnic mats and kids ran around on the equipment. It was a wonderful night, mostly for the diversity of people it attracted. I definitely think the night was a great success. It certainly attracted a lot of attention to the show and seemed very well received by the audience. I’m excited to tune in.

All photography by me!