Press release from 6dc


TUESDAY 12TH OCTOBER, 2010: The Pavilion at the Botanical Gardens provided the backdrop to the announcement of the contenders for the 2010 Inside Film Awards. At the event hosted by Rhys Muldoon, Australian Screen legend Jack Thompson and rising star Morgan Griffin announced the nominees for Australia’s only people’s choice film awards.

In a Samson and Goliath tale, the gritty crime drama Animal Kingdom shares the lead in nominations with box-office hit Mao’s Last Dancer despite the latter pulling in almost three times the box office numbers making over $15 million locally. Both films are up for seven awards at the IF Awards ceremony in November.

Animal Kingdom, which has received international critical acclaim and received the prestigious World Cinema Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, is nominated in the Best Film, Best Sound and Best Editing categories. David Michôd is nominated for Best Director and Best Script for the film, while Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver are up for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.

Box Office giant, Mao’s Last Dancer is nominated in the Best Film, Best Music, Best Script and Best Cinematography categories with Bruce Beresford nominated for Best Director and Best Actor and Actress nominations have gone to Chi Cao and Joan Chen.

Joining these in the Best Film Category are Tomorrow When the War Began and Beneath Hill 60. Fellow Best Director nominees include Jeremy Hartley Sims for Beneath Hill 60 and Rachel Perkins for Bran Nue Day.

Acclaimed actor and former IF Award host Joel Edgerton, is also up for Best Actor for The Waiting City alongside Tomorrow When the War Began newcomer Deniz Akdeniz. Edgerton’s The Waiting City co-star Radha Mitchell is nominated in the Best Actress category as is Tomorrow When The War Began’s Caitlin Stasey.

Jane Campion’s tale of the life of romantic poet John Keats, Bright Star, is nominated in four categories including Best Sound, Best Production Design, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

The Best Music Video category sees the return of Angus and Julia Stone whose Just A Boy video took the prize in 2008. Their video for Big Jet Plane directed by Kiku Ohe is nominated alongside Gyroscope’s Baby I’m Getting Better directed by Nick Pollack and Philadelphia Grand Jury’s The Good News directed by Luke Tierney.

The three films nominated in the Short Film category are The Wake – the story of a misfit’s unexpected arrival at the funeral of his friend’s father, the tale of finding love in unexpected places in Celestial Avenue and the dark tale of Daniel’s 21st. Best Short Animation nominees include the story of thirty-something Evelyn’s online Second Life in Evelyn Everyone, The Lost Thing based on Shaun Tan’s prize-winning children’s book and the story of Zero’s determination and courage.

The nominees for Best Short Documentary are Big Fella about the effects of obesity and diabetes in indigenous communities, the story of one man’s journey to enlightenment From Dope to Dalai Lama and Little Ripper which explores the curious world of pigeon fancying. The Best Documentary category sees nominees Lani’s Story – an exploration of a woman’s survival of an abusive relationship, Boxing for Palm Island –about Palm Island natives taking the future into their own hands through boxing and Strange Birds in Paradise – a revealing story of exiled West Papuans protesting Indonesian oppression through song.

Rising Talent Nominees for 2010 are Ariel Kleiman whose graduating film from the VCA Deeper Than Yesterday has screened at festivals throughout Australia, Craig Boreham who has received funding to develop his short film Drowning into a feature and Adrian Wills who has written and directed IF nominated short Daniel’s 21st and documentary Boxing for Palm Island. Nominated in the Independent Spirit category are surf thriller Caught Inside, tribute to cult Sydney art space and performance venue Lanfranchi's Memorial Discotheque and the story of three sisters whose mother is dying of cancer Little Sparrows.

Nominees were also announced for the IF Awards two new TV based categories, Contribution to Television and the IF Out of the Box Awards. Please see separate media release attached for nominees.

The SHOWTIME MOVIE CHANNELS IF Award for Best Feature Film
·         Animal Kingdom
·         Beneath Hill 60
·         Mao’s Last Dancer
·         Tomorrow When The War Began
The Events NSW IF Award for Best Actor
·         Ben Mendelsohn – Animal Kingdom
·         Chi Cao – Mao’s Last Dancer
·         Deniz Akdeniz – Tomorrow When The War Began
·         Joel Edgerton – The Waiting City
The IF Award for Best Actress
·         Caitlin Stasey – Tomorrow When The War Began
·         Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom
·         Joan Chen – Mao’s Last Dancer
·         Radha Mitchell – The Waiting City
The Jameson IF Award for Best Script
·         Animal Kingdom – David Michôd
·         Mao’s Last Dancer – Jan Sardi
·         Tomorrow When The War Began – Stuart Beattie
The Dinosaur Designs IF Award for Best Music
·         Bran Nue Dae – Cezary Skubiszewski, Jimmy Chi and Kuckles
·         Mao’s Last Dancer – Christopher Gordon
·         Tomorrow When The War Began – Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil
The AFTRS IF Award for Best Direction
·         Animal Kingdom – David Michôd
·         Bran Nue Dae – Rachel Perkins
·         Beneath Hill 60 – Jeremy Hartley Sims
·         Mao’s Last Dancer – Bruce Beresford
The SA FILM IF Award for Best Sound
·         Animal Kingdom – Sam Petty, Rob Mackenzie, Phillippe Decrausaz
·         Beneath Hill 60 – Robert Sullivan, Liam Egan, Mark Cornish, Tony Murtagh
·         Bright Star – John Dennison, Tony Vaccher, Craig Butters
The AVID IF Award for Best Editing
·         Animal Kingdom – Luke Doolan
·         Bright Star – Alexandre De Franceschi
·         The Waiting City – Veronika Jenet
The Dyson IF Award for Best Production Design
·         Beneath Hill 60 – Clayton Jauncey
·         Bran Nue Dae – Felicity Abbott
·         Bright Star – Janet Patterson
The CineAlta by SONY IF Award for Best Cinematography
·         Bright Star – Greig Fraser
·         Mao’s Last Dancer – Peter James
·         The Waiting City – Denson Baker
The National Film & Sound Archive Independent Spirit IF Award
·         Caught Inside
·         Lanfranchi’s Memorial Discotheque
·         Little Sparrows
The EFilm IF Award for Rising Talent
·         Adrian Wills
·         Ariel Kleiman
·         Craig Boreham
The Holding Redlich IF Award for Best Short Film
·         Celestial Avenue
·         Daniel’s 21st
·         The Wake
The AUTODESK IF Award for Best Short Animation
·         Evelyn Everyone
·         The Lost Thing
·         Zero
The FACB IF Award for Best Short Documentary
·         Big Fella
·         From Dope to Dalai Lama
·         Little Ripper
The IF Award for Best Documentary
·         Boxing for Palm Island
·         Lani’s Story
·         Strange Birds in Paradise
The SAE INSTITUTE IF Award for Best Music Video
·         Kiku Ohe for Big Jet Plane by Angus & Julia Stone
·         Luke Tierney and Cameron D’Arcy for Baby I’m Getting Better by Gyroscope
·         Nick Pollack and Anne Robinson for The Good News by Philadelphia Grand Jury
The IF Award for Best Film Festival
·         Dungog Film Festival
·         Flickerfest International Film Festival
·         Melbourne International Film Festival
·         Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival
·         My Queer Career
·         Popcorn Taxi
·         Revelation Perth International Film Festival
·         St Kilda Film Festival
·         Sydney International Film Festival
·         Tropfest

The 2010 Inside Film Awards, Sydney will take place at City Recital Hall Angel Place on Sunday 14th November with an after party at ivy. Tickets are on sale now at and are for over 18 years only.

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