Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson leads the nominees for the Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) Awards, which will be held later this year.
Purcell’s feature directorial debut has scored eight nods, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, each for the multi-hyphenate. Rob Collins, Malachi Dower-Roberts, and Jessica De Gouw also received acting nominations, while Mark Wareham was nominated for cinematography.
The other nominees for both Best Film and Best Director are Del Kathryn Barton’s Blaze, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, Thomas M. Wright’s The Stranger, Goran Stolevski’s You Won’t Be Alone, Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes’ Sissy and Sara Kern’s Moja Vesna.
Up for Best Documentary are Tiriki Onus and Alec Morgan’s Ablaze, Danny Cohen’s Anonymous Club, Lachlan Mcleod’s Clean, Kasimir Burgess’ Franklin and Gus Berger’s The Lost City of Melbourne.
In the international categories, Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s Everything Everywhere All at Once, Sophie Hyde’s Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, Jordan Peele’s Nope, and Joseph Kosinski’s Top Gun: Maverick each received nominations for Best International Film in English, while Park Chan-wook’s Decision to Leave, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car, Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman, Jasmila Zbanic’s Quo Vadis, Aida?, and Colm Bairéad’s The Quiet Girl each received nominations for Best International Film Not in the English Language.
In the Best International Documentary category are A Life on the Farm, Fire of Love, Moonage Daydream, Navalny, and The Velvet Queen.
AFCA is one of Australia’s professional associations for film critics, film reviewers and film journalists who work regularly in the media.
Winners are determined by a two-stage voting process involving AFCA’s membership body. The awards will be held later in 2023 alongside the AFCA writing awards which celebrate the finest film criticism by Australian critics. Launching for the first time in 2023 is the Jim Murphy Broadcast award, recognising the best in radio broadcast or podcasting. This new award is named after pioneering film critic Jim Murphy who co-hosted Australia’s first movie review program with Ivan Hutchison.
The full list of nominees:
BEST FILM Blaze Elvis Moja Vesna Sissy The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson The Stranger You Won’t Be Alone
BEST DIRECTOR Del Kathryn Barton – Blaze Hannah Barlow & Kane Senes – Sissy Sara Kern – Moja Vesna Baz Luhrmann – Elvis Leah Purcell – The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson Goran Stolevski – You Won’t Be Alone Thomas M Wright – The Stranger
BEST ACTOR Austin Butler – Elvis Joel Edgerton – The Stranger Idris Elba – Three Thousand Years of Longing Zac Efron – Gold Nitin Vengurlekar – The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour
BEST ACTRESS Aisha Dee – Sissy Loti Kovacic – Moja Vesna Leah Purcell – The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson Julia Savage – Blaze Noomi Rapace – You Won’t Be Alone
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Simon Baker – Blaze Rob Collins – The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson Sean Harris – The Stranger Daniel Monks – Sissy Malachi Dower Roberts – The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Jessica De Gouw – The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson Olivia De Jonge – Elvis Emily De Margheriti – Sissy Alice Englert – You Won’t Be Alone Yael Stone – Blaze
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Sam Chiplin – The Stranger Matthew Chuang – You Won’t Be Alone Jeremy Rouse – Blaze Mandy Walker – Elvis Mark Wareham – The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson
BEST SCREENPLAY Sara Kern – Moja Vesna Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, Sam Bramell – Elvis Leah Purcell – The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson Goran Stolevski – You Won’t Be Alone Thomas M Wright – The Stranger
BEST DOCUMENTARY Ablaze Anonymous Club Clean Franklin The Lost City of Melbourne
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM IN ENGLISH The Banshees of Inisherin Everything Everywhere All at Once Good Luck to You, Leo Grande Nope Top Gun: Maverick
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE Decision To Leave Drive My Car Petite Maman Quo Vadis Aida? The Quiet Girl
BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY A Life on The Farm Fire Of Love Moonage Daydream Navalny The Velvet Queen