Talented Australian actresses Deborra-lee Furness (Jindabyne), Sibylla Budd (The Bet) and Marny Kennedy, (recipient of the 2006 L’Oréal Paris AFI Young Actor Award) joined James Hewison, CEO of the Australian Film Institute, at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay to announce this year’s nominations for the L’Oréal Paris 2007 AFI Awards, Australia’s most prestigious awards.
The highly anticipated announcement of nominees for the L’Oreal Paris AFI Award for Best Film revealed The Home Song Stories, Lucky Miles, Noise and Romulus, My Father as the contenders to take out the coveted award this year.
The Home Song Stories revolves around the life of Rose, a glamorous nightclub singer. Set in 1990s Western Australia, Lucky Miles follows the plight of Iraqi and Cambodian refugees abandoned by an Indonesian fishing boat. Noise is the tale of a young cop beset with doubt and afflicted with tinnitus and Romulus, My Father is the film adaptation of Raimond Gaita’s critically acclaimed memoir.
These nominees will join Academy Award winner and host Geoffrey Rush and a cavalcade of Australian screen stars and industry heavyweights at the L’Oréal Paris 2007 AFI Awards, which will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre over two glittering nights on 5 & 6 December. The L’Oréal Paris 2007 AFI Awards will be broadcast nationally on the Nine Network at 9.30pm on Thursday 6 December and for the third consecutive year will be produced by Dainty Consolidated Entertainment (DCE).
Hewison congratulated this year’s nominees saying; ‘There’s no doubt that the yields this year across film and television production are proof of considerable diversity of subject and concerns. The palette features a range of styles, plus fundamentally a series of snapshots of contemporary Australia in all its colours.’
In the television categories, critically-acclaimed ABC series Bastard Boys, the story of the 1998 battle for Australia’s waterfront, received a stunning six nominations across television categories including Best Telefeature or Mini-Series, Best Direction in Television, Best Screenplay in Television, Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama (Daniel Frederiksen), Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama (Justin Smith) and Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama (Jack Thompson).
The love affair with Love My Way continues with the hit series receiving five nominations. The Circuit, the SBS series starring Gary Sweet also received five nominations. The King (TV1), Call Me Mum (SBS), All Saints (Seven Network), Dangerous (Fox 8) and Stepfather of the Bride (ABC) all received nominations in the television drama categories.
In the television comedy category, SBS series Wilfred received four nominations, while Supernova (UKTV) and David Tench Tonight (Network Ten) each received two nominations and the ABC’s The Chaser’s War on Everything received one nomination.
The children’s drama series Lockie Leonard (Nine Network) was a standout in the children’s television category, receiving four nominations.
The New Inventors (ABC), RocKwiz (SBS), The Sideshow with Paul McDermott (ABC) and Spicks and Specks (ABC) were all nominated for the AFI Award for Best Light Entertainment Television Series.
Eight documentaries received various nominations with Words From The City, Forbidden Lie$, Global Haywire and 4 all vying for top honours in the Best Documentary category.
Nominees for the AFI International Award for Best Actor are: Eric Bana for his role as Huck Seed, a professional poker player in Lucky You, Julian McMahon who stars as plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Troy in the hit Nine Network series Nip/Tuck, Hugh Jackman for his portrayal of magician and charismatic showman Robert Angier in The Prestige and the star of the Seven Network’s Prison Break, Dominic Purcell, who plays inmate Lincoln Burrows in the series.
AFI International Award for Best Actress nominees are: Rachel Griffiths, who stars as the eldest sister Sarah Walker in the Seven Network drama series Brothers & Sisters, Rose Byrne who plays an ambitious lawyer in the Nine Network’s new series Damages, Jacinda Barrett for her role in the feature film The Last Kiss and Toni Collette for her portrayal of Sheryl, matriarch of the fractured Hoover family in the film Little Miss Sunshine.
Aspiring young actors, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Irene Chen, Corey McKernan and Joel Lok were all nominated for the L’Oréal Paris AFI Young Actor Award. These talented newcomers delivered outstanding performances in their respective roles. Irene was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Kodi for Best Lead Actor, making each of them dual AFI Award nominees.
The AFI also announced Melbourne based actor and writer Nick Barkla (Em4Jay) as the recipient of the Australian Film Institute Fellowship. The AFI Fellowship, which was launched in May this year, aims to enrich the cultural environment of the Australian filmmaking community by supporting an Australian film practitioner striving for excellence.
Details of The Global Achievement Award were also outlined by Hewison, who said, ‘This year the Australian Film Institute will recognise the achievement of a particular Australian; an achievement that has reached truly global proportions.’ This Award will be presented at the AFI’s discretion, to acknowledge achievement on a global scale by an Australian or Australians working within the film and television industries internationally.
Tickets to the L’Oréal Paris 2007 AFI Awards, including the Industry Awards, Members’ Lounge and Awards Dinner will go on sale exclusively to AFI members and nominees on 2 November. The general public will be able to purchase tickets from 19 November (subject to availability) by calling Undertow Media on 03 9429 6339.