‘Hotel Mumbai,’ ‘She Who Must Be Loved’ win AFF audience awards

‘Hotel Mumbai’ cast and crew at the AFF premiere.

Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai was voted best film and Erica Glynn’s She Who Must Be Loved best documentary at the Adelaide Film Festival audience awards.

Matthew Bate’s The Art of the Game, a hybrid documentary produced by Katrina Lucas, which follows two of Australia’s most innovative photographers – Trent Parke and Narelle Autio – as they bring together the worlds of art and sport in their first ever moving-image work Summation of Force, was deemed best short.

All three were supported by the Adelaide Film Festival FUND.

Icon plans to launch Hotel Mumbai, the thriller about those trapped in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in the 2008 terrorist attacks, starring Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Jason Isaacs and Tilda Cobham-Hervey, in April following the US release via Bleecker Street, which is likely to be in March.

Co-commissioned by NITV, Glynn’s film profiles her mother Freda Glynn, the 78-year-old Aboriginal stills photographer, co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) and Imparja TV, mother of Erica and Warwick Thornton, “radical, pacifist and grumpy old woman.”

Bate’s 28 minute film was co-funded by ABC Arts so it will be telecast on the ABC at some point.

They joined the previously announced winners of the competition awards determined by juries:

• Indonesian writer-director Kamila Andini’s The Seen and Unseen, which won the $20,000 international feature fiction award.

• Gabrielle Brady’s Island of Hungry Ghosts, which collected the $10,000 Flinders University prize for best feature documentary.

• Michael Beets’ interactive VR The Unknown Patient, recipient of the AFTRS Virtual Reality award.