A limited number of tickets are available for the 2017 FCCA AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN FILM to be presented on TUESDAY EVENING 20 FEBRUARY 2018 at the PADDINGTON WOOLLAHRA RSL, PADDINGTON, NSW. Continue reading FCCA 2017 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
Following on from the recent news that Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon is heading the Jury this year, Tropfest today announced the 16 finalist films for Tropfest 2018, supported by foundation partner CGU Insurance. Diverse cultural perspectives, poignant dramas and hilarious comedies take center stage in the kaleidoscope of films set to premiere on Saturday 17 February 2018 at Parramatta Park, on a live national broadcast on ABC COMEDY, and livestreamed online on YouTube globally. Continue reading TROPFEST FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
In contrast to last year when it was so hot that the Trop Jnr films were transferred indoors, the announcements of the finalists for Trop Jnr this year was full of shivers. At Old Government House Rotunda, Parramatta Park there was no shortage of lip gloss, leather jackets protecting young men and women from the wind and of course, caps on backwards. Nervous chatter from the young people and proud mums and dads comparing notes about other events and the legalities of copyright filled the space before a laughter filled group photo of the many creatives in front of the Tropfest Wall. Continue reading TROP JNR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
The winner of the 2017 Rob Guest Endowment Award was announced last night during the Grand Final Event held at the Capitol Theatre Rehearsal Room. Competing against five other outstanding Semi-Finalists with her performance of Glitter and be Gay and When Did I Fall in Love, Georgina Hopson took out the prestigious award after being chosen by an expert panel of judges, which included Roger Hodgman, Kellie Dickerson, Sharon Millerchip, Michael Tyack, Guy Simpson and Suzanne Jones. Continue reading ROB GUEST ENDOWMENT AWARDS – WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Before we get to the list of winners, here are some pics of celebrities who attended the function taken by Sydney Arts Guide photographer Ben Apfelbaum.
Nominations have been announced for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2017, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday 22 January 2018 at 6pm at the Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre.
NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS Continue reading TWO WEEKS TO GO :SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS
The Media Room has hosted many surprise visits from notable musicians. None were so great in stature (and I mean that literally and figuratively) as Mick Fleetwood, one of the founders of Fleetwood Mac. Furthermore, the Media Room winners represented a combination of both the old and new with awards going to Paul Kelly and Jimmy Barnes (for Best Children’s Album!). The up and coming award winners saw Gang Of Youths, Amy Shark and All My Exes Live In Texas embrace the red couch to be interviewed by the ABC’s Robbie Buck. Darryl Brathwaite was inducted into the Aria Hall Of Fame.
Featured image- Daryl Braithwaite, 2017’s inductee into Aria’s Hall Of Fame. All images by Ben Apfelbaum.
Featured image – Paulini, Fijian Australian pop and rhythm and blues singer, songwriter and actress.
The 17th annual Helpmann Awards ceremony was held at the Capitol Theatre on the evening of Monday 25th July. The Helpmanns, the equivalent of the Tonys (Broadway) and the Oliviers (West End) honour far more categories than the later two awards.
Being often clothed in striking costumes the nominees graced the red carpet with style and glamour. The Red Carpet carried a diverse range of people from the up and coming young cast of The Book Of Mormon to promoter Kevin Jacobsen, Rhonda Burchmore and Ita Buttrose.
The Ceremony was broadcast live on Foxtel and will be screened on the ABC this coming Sunday at 9.30pm.
Featured photo – Patti Smith and Bluesfest Touring 2017 won the Bobby for the Best International Contemporary Concert. All pics by Ben Apfelbaum.
The 2017 Helpmann Awards Ceremony featured excerpts from the Musicals The Book Of Mormon, Velvet, My Fair Lady, Green Days American Idiot, Aladdin, Beautiful:The Carole King Musical and the Ballet construct.
Ably hosted by Jan Van De Stool (Queenie Van De Zandt) and Tim Draxl the big winners were the Belvoir’s The Drover’s Wife, written by and starring Leah Purcell, and the Adelaide Festival’s production of the opera Saul, directed by Barry Kosky. Continue reading THE WINNERS CIRCLE : HELPMANN AWARDS 2017
The York Theatre foyer at the Seymour Centre proved to be an informal red carpet whilst invitees gathered for drinks prior to the recent Sydney Theatre Awards ceremony.
As well as being able to put faces to the critics, young and upcoming actors and creatives took the opportunity to mix with journalists, award winners and even theatre royalty such as Peter Carroll and Maggie Dence.
Unlike in the States where the media is a little insular, Sydney’s media is a collegiate where everybody is supportive and approachable. This convivial atmosphere was on show for all to see on the night.
Featured image- Peter Carroll and Maggie Dence. Images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).
At a star-studded ceremony held on Monday, the winners of the 2016 Sydney Theatre Awards were announced, with 35 Awards presented, shared between 15 productions, which played in Sydney during the calendar year of 2016. Over 450 members of the Sydney theatre community packed the York Theatre at the Seymour Centre to celebrate the best of Sydney theatre – the first time the awards have been held there.
Best Mainstage Production was awarded to Belvoir’s The Drover’s Wife, which also won Mainstage awards for Best Director (Leticia Caceres), Best Score or Sound Design (The Sweats) and Best New Australian Work (Leah Purcell). Best Independent Production went to Sport for Jove’s Antigone, which also took Independent gongs for Best Director (Damien Ryan and Terry Karabelas), Best Female Actor in a Leading Role (Andrea Demetriades), Best Male Actor in a Leading Role (William Zappa), Best Stage Design and Best Costume Design (Melanie Liertz), and Best Lighting Design (Matt Cox).
Belvoir’s Faith Healer took out three acting awards in the Mainstage categories, Best Male Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Friels), Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Alison Whyte) and Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Pip Miller), while Best Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Mainstage Production went to Marta Dusseldorp for Griffin’s Gloria.
In the Musical categories, Hayes Theatre Co’s Little Shop of Horrors scooped the pool, winning Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Dean Bryant), Best Choreography (Andrew Hallsworth), Best Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Esther Hannaford) and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Brent Hill). In an unusual decision, the critics voted Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories and Songs, Jimmy Barnes’ very personal show about his life which played at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, as Best Cabaret.
The Sydney Theatre Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to actor Judi Farr. From her early roles with the Old Tote Theatre Company, to her legendary performance as Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman for Nimrod opposite Warren Mitchell and Mel Gibson, and on to roles with the Sydney Theatre Company (Angels In America, Beauty Queen of Leenane), Belvoir (Cloudstreet, Buried Child) and all major Australian theatre companies, as well as an extensive body of work in film and television, Judi Farr has been at the top of her profession for more than 40 years.
Presenters at the Awards ceremony were Damien Bermingham, Adam Cook, Mel Dyer, Danielle Ironside, Madeleine Jones, Angharad Lindley, Luke McGettigan, Pacharo Mzembe, Tyran Parke, Anthony Phelan, Rebecca Poulter, Ellen Simpson, Minka Stevens, Ben Wood, Vanessa Wright and Meyne Wyatt; and there were performances from Robyn Archer, Ben Hall and David Campbell (Only Heaven Knows), and David Whitney and Kurt Phelan with a song and dance ensemble.
The Sydney Theatre Awards are run by a group of leading theatre critics to celebrate the strength, quality and diversity of theatre in Sydney. The Sydney Theatre Reviewers are Elissa Blake (Fairfax), Jason Blake (Fairfax), Dee Jefferson (Time Out), Deborah Jones (The Australian), Jo Litson (Sunday Telegraph/ Limelight), John McCallum (The Australian), Ben Neutze (Daily Review), Diana Simmonds (stagenoise.com), Polly Simons (Daily Telegraph) and Cassie Tongue (AussieTheatre).
The Sydney Theatre Awards gratefully thanks its sponsors: The Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation, Industrie, William Fletcher Foundation, Showcast, Currency Press, Ticketmaster, Hayes Theatre Co, Bellbird Cottages, ACMN and JPJ Audio.
Featured image – William Zappa. All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).
Like the Arias where one artist dominated, one film swept all before it. HACKSAW RIDGE won ten awards including best Director for Mel Gibson, Best Actor Andrew Garfield, and Best Supporting Actor Hugo Weaving.
Odessa Young, who starred in the film The Daughter, directed by Simon Stone, bucked the trend by being one of the youngest actors to win the Best Actress Award.
The television awards had a mixed bunch of winners. Among the winners were Wentworth for Best Drama Series, The Kettering Incident for Best Mini Series, Upper Middle Bogan for Best Television Comedy Series, and Master Chef Australia for Best Reality Television series.
Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama was won by Samuel Johnson for Molly, Best Supporting Actor in a Television Drama went to Damon Herriman for Secret City, whilst Best Actress in a Television Drama was won by Elizabeth Debicki for The Kettering Incident, and Best Supporting Actress went to the usually comedic Celia Pacquola for The Beautiful Lie.
The Longford Lyell Award for a Lifetime Achievement in Film and Television went to Paul Hogan.
The Trailblazer Award, created to highlight an individual’s achievements, abilities and successes as an inspiration to all invested in screen,went to Isla Fisher.
The Byron Kennedy Award for Film and Television Innovation went to Lynette Wallworth.
After receiving their Awards several of the winners made themselves available for photographs and interviews. The following artists attending the Media Room were Best Group and Rock Album – Violent Soho, Breakthrough Artist – Montaigne, Best Urban Album – Drapht, Best Adult Contemporary Album – Bernard Fanning, Best Adult Alternative Album – Sarah Blasko, Best Country Album – Sara Storer, Best Children’s Album – The Wiggles, Best Video and Apple Music Song Of The Year – Troye Sivan, Best Australian Live Act – The Hilltop Hoods, Best Blues and Roots Album – Russell Morris, Best Album, Best Male Artist, Best Dance Release, Best Pop Release and Best Independent Release – Flume. Hall of Fame Inductees- Crowded House.
Featured image – Flume. All images by Ben Apfelbaum(c)..
The 30th Anniversary of the Arias was held at the Star in Pyrmont on 23 November. A rainy and thundery afternoon could not dampen the glitz and sparkle of the red carpet and the joy and enthusiasm of emerging performers.
As was the case with last years Arias which was dominated by Tame Impala, this year 5 awards were taken out by Flume, a soundscape DJ who reminded me of David Guetta.
The Arias often have a major international pop star and this yeat it was Robbie Williams.
In addition Kylie Minogue made a surprise appearance with her fiance Joshua Sasse to advocate for marriage equality in Australia. Another welcome appearance from an ex patriate was Ben Lee who is now based with his family in Los Angeles.
Thirty years ago CROWDED HOUSE captured the inaugural award for Best Young Talent and this year, as if to fulfill that promise, they were inducted into the Aria Hall Of Fame.
All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).
The winner of the 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Award was announced last Monday night at a glittering Grand Final Concert held at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
Competing against five other outstanding Semi-Finalists with his performances of Part of the Painting and Moving Too Fast Linden Furnell took out the prestigious award after being chosen by an expert panel of judges, which included Kelley Abbey, Guy Simpson, Andrew Pole and Michael James Scott.
Hosted by Lucy Durack and Penny McNamee, the exciting event, now in its 8th year, featured performances by pop sensation Paulini, principal members from Aladdin, the Helpmann Award winning Molly Barwick, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin and Bella Thomas who originated the role of Matilda in Australia, past winners Samantha Leigh Dodemaide and Blake Bowden, the 2015 Rob Guest Endowment winner Daniel Assetta, and cast members from Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical. The six finalists were Du Toit Bredenkamp, Hilary Cole, Linden Furnell, Stefanie Jones, Genevieve Kingsford and Matthew Predny. Continue reading 2016 ROB GUEST ENDOWMENT AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Featured Image- Grant Alimall, Gretel Scarlett and Jack Chambers. All images by Ben Apfelbaum.
Chloe Dallimore and Deborah Krizak
Mark Vincent and Marina Prior
Rohan Browne and Christie Whelan Browne
This is my photo montage featuring some of the winners from the recent Helpmann awards, Australia’s premiere performing arts awards night, held this year at the Lyric theatre, the Star. The Tim Minchin musical MATILDA dominated the night taking a whole swag of awards. For the full list of winners – http://www.helpmannawards.com.au/
Featured photo- Belvoir Artistic Director Eamon Flack, Ursula Yovich and Hamish Balnaves.
In an event held in the foyer of Belvoir Street Theatre celebrated indigenous thespian Ursula Yovich was announced as the winner of the this year’s Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award. The Award is for $20,000 which compromises $7500 prize money and a $12500 commission for a new play. Here are some of my pics from the function.
On Monday Night 18th January 2016, all the winners of the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards were announced in a star-studded gala ceremony. This year thirty-six Awards were presented, shared between nineteen Sydney productions, seen on stage during calendar year 2015.
The musical theatre categories were this year expanded to recognise the increased breadth of work across both the commercial and independent sector in 2015. Reflecting the recent growth in musical productions in Sydney, additional categories received awards this year.
Over 350 members of the Sydney theatre community gathered in the auditorium at Paddington RSL Club, to celebrate all the winners of the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards. At the ceremony, you very quickly learn about how very many people it takes to keep a city of theatre going, and an example is MATILDA which has over two hundred people actively involved in the production.
2015 SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE STAGE & SCREEN AWARDS
Sydney Arts Guide is a key part of stage and film culture, and exists to celebrate the art of performance, in theatres and cinemas.
2015 was a year of amazing diversity, and our twenty accredited specialist reviewers, were all spoiled for choice in the quality of the live theatre performances to be experienced in the City of Sydney, and the suburbs of Sydney.
As the old adage goes, “live theatre is not dead theatre, as there is a different performance to be experienced every night”. Our team of professional reviewers, have each nominated their personal preferences for both theatre and cinema. A small number of movies were nominated out of the hundreds of cinema films that were seen during the last twelve months.
Unfortunately some live theatre venues closed permanently in 2015.
Having reached the end of another outstanding year for the arts in Sydney, on Thursday 31st December 2015, Sydney Arts Guide announced its 2015 awards in these Stage and Screen categories:-
Continue reading SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE ANNUAL AWARDS 2015
I have never won a trophy! Not one. Not even a plasticky tacky “Most Improved” or anything.
Loads of certificates and stuff, but no real, honest to goodness “I won” hold aloft bit of pleasure. So I take great joy in watching other people win and being part of the team that awards them.
There is a beautiful hand blown glass winged trophy that is unique to the City of Newcastle Drama Awards – the CONDAs. A lovely gentleman named Julio makes each one in his home workshop at Medowie and at this years 37th CONDA ceremony, held at Wests Leagues Club, some beautiful footage of Julio making a CONDA trophy made them look even more desirable. Continue reading City Of Newcastle Drama Awards :The CONDAs – Celebrating 37 years
And the Helpmann Award goes to …
All the winners of the 2015 Helpmann Awards were announced on Monday Night from 7:30pm in a star studded ceremony honouring the year’s best achievements, at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre hosted by Todd McKenney. Each year, the Helpmann Awards are the pinnacle event of Australia’s vibrant live entertainment and performing arts industry.
The 2015 Helpmann Awards celebrated the remarkable year that the Australian live performance industry has had, and award presenters included Cate Blanchett, Danielle Cormack, and David Campbell.
2014 FCCA AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN FILM
WERE PRESENTED ON TUESDAY EVENING 10 MARCH 2015
AT THE PADDINGTON WOOLLAHRA RSL, PADDINGTON, NSW.
It was a star-studded event night hosted by ABC Radio’s Rod Quinn and attended by luminaries from the Australian film industry, including Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, David Field, Susie Porter, David Stratton, Margaret Pomeranz, Rolf de Heer, Yilmaz Erdogan and many more.
2014 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, all winners are marked in bold: –
|THE FOXTEL AWARD FOR BEST FILM|
|THE BABADOOK||PRODUCERS: KRISTINA CEYTON, KRISTIAN MOLIERE|
|CHARLIE’S COUNTRY||PRODUCERS: ROLF DE HEER, PETER DJIGIRR, NILS ERIK NIELSEN|
|PREDESTINATION||PRODUCERS: PADDY McDONALD, TIM McGAHAN, MICHAEL SPIERIG,|
|TRACKS||PRODUCERS: IAIN CANNING, EMILE SHERMAN|
|THE WATER DIVINER||PRODUCERS: ANDREW MASON, KEITH RODGER, TROY LUM|
|THE UNIVERSAL PICTURES AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR|
|RUSSELL CROWE||THE WATER DIVINER|
|ROLF DE HEER||CHARLIE’S COUNTRY|
|JENNIFER KENT||THE BABADOOK|
|MICHAEL SPIERIG, PETER SPIERIG||PREDESTINATION|
|RUSSELL CROWE||THE WATER DIVINER|
|DAVID GULPILIL||CHARLIE’S COUNTRY|
|GUY PEARCE||THE ROVER|
|ESSIE DAVIS||THE BABADOOK|
|BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNG ACTOR|
|TILDA COBHAM-HERVEY||52 TUESDAYS|
|ANGOURIE RICE||THESE FINAL HOURS|
|NOAH WISEMAN||THE BABADOOK|
|MATTHEW CORMACK||52 TUESDAYS|
|ROLF DE HEER, DAVID GULPILIL||CHARLIE’S COUNTRY|
|JENNIFER KENT||THE BABADOOK|
|MICHAEL SPIERIG, PETER SPIERIG||PREDESTINATION|
|THE ACS AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY|
|IAN JONES ACS||CHARLIE’S COUNTRY|
|RADEK LADEZUK||THE BABADOOK|
|ANDREW LESNIE ACS ASC||THE WATER DIVINER|
|BEN NOTT ACS||PREDESTINATION|
|MANDY WALKER ACS ASC||TRACKS|
|THE AGSC AWARD FOR BEST MUSIC SCORE|
|DAVID HIRSCHFELDER||THE WATER DIVINER|
|ANTONY PARTOS||THE ROVER|
|BEST EDITING – Shared Award|
|BRYAN MASON||52 TUESDAYS|
|SIMON NJOO||THE BABADOOK|
|MATT VILLA||THE WATER DIVINER|
|BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN|
|JO FORD||THE ROVER|
|ALEX HOLMES||THE BABADOOK|
|CHRIS KENNEDY||THE WATER DIVINER|
|BEST ACTOR – SUPPORTING ROLE|
|YILMAZ ERDOGAN||THE WATER DIVINER|
|ROBERT PATTINSON||THE ROVER|
|BEST ACTRESS – SUPPORTING ROLE|
|ERIN JAMES||THE LITTLE DEATH|
|JACQUELINE McKENZIE||THE WATER DIVINER|
|SUSAN PRIOR||THE ROVER|
|THE SOLRUN HOAAS AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY|
|THE ANIMAL CONDITION||DIRECTOR: MICHAEL DAHLSTROM|
|PRODUCERS: MICHAEL DAHLSTROM, ANDE CUNNINGHAM,|
|AUGUSTA MILLER, SARAH-JANE McALLAN|
|CHINA’S 3DREAMS||DIRECTOR: NICK TORRENS|
|PRODUCER: NICK TORRENS|
|DON’T THROW STONES||DIRECTOR: MIKE BROOK|
|PRODUCERS: PATTI BROOK, MIKE BROOK|
|LOVE MARRIAGE IN KABUL||DIRECTOR: AMIN PALANGI|
|PRODUCER: PAT FISKE|
|STILL OUR COUNTRY||DIRECTOR: MOLLY REYNOLDS|
|PRODUCERS: ROLF DE HEER, MOLLY REYNOLDS, PETER DJIGIRR|
Annual Awards for Australian Film
The FCCA is the national professional body of film critics and film journalists in Australia.
A major public activity of the FCCA is the presentation of the annual FCCA Awards for Australian Film, covering feature films and documentaries. These prestigious awards are unique in that they have always had strong support from across the film industry and, for over twenty-five years, have reflected its achievements by recognising and celebrating the creative input of members of the Australian production sector.
The FCCA awards are voted on by all FCCA members and constitute a significant indicator of a film’s success. These are truly independent film awards, voted on solely by film critics, not by the industry or by the film-going public, and have become highly respected for recognising and rewarding originality and excellence in all categories.
Full list of winners from the 87th Academy Awards, announced Sunday Evening 22nd February 2015 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California, USA. The 87th Academy Awards show was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and was televised live on the ABC Network in the USA.
This year three movies were the big winners, “Birdman”, “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Whiplash”.
4th AACTA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT STAR-STUDDED CEREMONY IN SYDNEY
Awards Ceremony Hosts Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman were joined on stage by a star-studded line up of presenters including Geoffrey Rush (AACTA president), Lachy Hulme, Stephen Curry and cricketer Brett Lee to honour Australia’s best achievements in Australian film and television at the 4th AACTA Awards Ceremony, held at The Star Event Centre, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, SYDNEY, NSW.
FILM & DOCUMENTARY AWARDS In an unusual though not unprecedented twist, an equal tie for Best Film was announced, with two feature films awarded the AACTA Award for Best Film; THE BABADOOK (by first-time feature film director, Jennifer Kent) and THE WATER DIVINER (also marking a directorial debut for Russell Crowe). THE BABADOOK also took home the AACTA Award for Best Direction presented by Hyundai Genesis , and ^ Best Original Screenplay .
Continue reading 4TH AACTA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT STAR-STUDDED CEREMONY IN SYDNEY