Film Victoria unveils Screen Leader Award winners

Alison Nisselle, Greg Mclean, Ian Anderson, Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger.

Greg Mclean and Alison Nisselle are among the five industry leaders honoured by Film Victoria at last night’s Screen Leader Awards.

The Screen Leader Awards were established by Film Victoria in 2012 to recognise screen professionals who’ve shown leadership through their achievements and a commitment to further developing the industry.

This year saw the addition of two new categories to recognise writing and directing.

The inaugural Fred Schepisi Award was presented to Mclean, acknowledging his achievements in directing from his 2005 debut feature Wolf Creek through to his most recent film The Belko Experiment, which screened at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

Nisselle, whose credits include television dramas Phoenix, Janus, Bed of Roses and the feature film Healing, received the Jan Sardi Award for her significant achievement as a screenwriter.

Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger, the duo behind Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries were acknowledged with the Jill Robb Award for their outstanding leadership. The pair, through their production company Every Cloud Productions, have built a reputation for creating nationally and internationally successful programs.

Post-production specialist Ian Anderson, whose expertise has been instrumental on productions including The Castle and The Secret Life of Us and Oddball, received the John Howie Award for outstanding leadership, achievement and service to the industry.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley congratulated the winners.

“All are outstanding examples of Victoria’s talented screen practitioners who continue to make an invaluable contribution to our creative industries,” he said.

Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi said the winners’ achievements and leaderships will inspire others in the Victoria’s screen community.

Film Victoria has also released its 2015-16 annual report detailing the 67 film, television and games project supported over the year.

According to the report, the projects generated more than 8,000 jobs and boosted the state economy by $173 million.