Awards

SYDNEY THEATRE’S BIG NIGHT @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

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).

2016 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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).

 

URSULA YOVICH ANNOUNCED AS THE WINNER OF THIS YEAR’S BALNAVES INDIGENOUS PLAYWRIGHT AWARD

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.

A beaming Ursula Yovich
A beaming Ursula Yovich
Peter Carroll and Ursula Yovich
Peter Carroll and Ursula Yovich

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Chairman of The Belvoir Board Andrew Cameron and General Manager of the Balnaves Foundation Hamish Belnavis
Chairman of The Belvoir Board Andrew Cameron and General Manager of the Balnaves Foundation Hamish Belnaves.

 

 

The Full List of Winners of the 2015 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS

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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.

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City Of Newcastle Drama Awards :The CONDAs – Celebrating 37 years

Winners Best Ensemble - My Fair Lady by St Phillip's Christian College. Photo Dan McCririk
Winners Best Ensemble – My Fair Lady by St Phillip’s Christian College. Photo Dan McCririk

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 Awardsthe 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

2015 Helpmann Awards @ Capitol Theatre SYDNEY (Live Performance Australia)

And the Helpmann Award goes to …

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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 BlanchettDanielle Cormack, and David Campbell.        

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FCCA 2014 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards

2014 FCCA AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN FILM
2014 FCCA AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN FILM

 

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,
PETER 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
JOHN CURRAN TRACKS
ROLF DE HEER CHARLIE’S COUNTRY
JENNIFER KENT THE BABADOOK
MICHAEL SPIERIG, PETER SPIERIG PREDESTINATION

 

BEST ACTOR
RUSSELL CROWE THE WATER DIVINER
JOEL EDGERTON FELONY
DAVID GULPILIL CHARLIE’S COUNTRY
DON HANY HEALING
GUY PEARCE THE ROVER
BEST ACTRESS
ESSIE DAVIS THE BABADOOK
SARAH SNOOK PREDESTINATION
MIA WASIKOWSKA TRACKS
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNG ACTOR
TILDA COBHAM-HERVEY 52 TUESDAYS
ASHLEIGH CUMMINGS GALORE
ANGOURIE RICE THESE FINAL HOURS
NOAH WISEMAN THE BABADOOK
BEST SCREENPLAY
MATTHEW CORMACK 52 TUESDAYS
ROLF DE HEER, DAVID GULPILIL CHARLIE’S COUNTRY
JOEL EDGERTON FELONY
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 HEALING
DAVID HIRSCHFELDER THE WATER DIVINER
ANTONY PARTOS THE ROVER
PETER SPIERIG PREDESTINATION
BEST EDITING – Shared Award
BRYAN MASON 52 TUESDAYS
SIMON NJOO THE BABADOOK
MATT VILLA PREDESTINATION
MATT VILLA THE WATER DIVINER
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
JO FORD THE ROVER
ALEX HOLMES THE BABADOOK
CHRIS KENNEDY THE WATER DIVINER
MATTHEW PUTLAND PREDESTINATION
BEST ACTOR – SUPPORTING ROLE
JAI COURTNEY FELONY
ADAM DRIVER TRACKS
YILMAZ ERDOGAN THE WATER DIVINER
ROBERT PATTINSON THE ROVER
TOM WILKINSON FELONY
BEST ACTRESS – SUPPORTING ROLE
JUSTINE CLARKE HEALING
MELISSA GEORGE FELONY
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.

 

 

 

Oscar Winners 2015 – The Academy Awards – Complete List

One of the greats, Julianne Moore, finally receives her first Oscar
One of the greats, Julianne Moore, finally receives her first Oscar

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”.

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4TH AACTA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT STAR-STUDDED CEREMONY IN SYDNEY

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 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 HulmeStephen 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 FilmTHE 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 .

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2014 Sydney Arts Guide Stage & Screen Awards

Bell Shakespeare's WINTERS TALE  2014 winner - Best stage production
Bell Shakespeare’s WINTERS TALE  2014 winner – Best stage production

 

Sydney Arts Guide is a key part of stage and film culture, and exists to celebrate the art of performance, in theatres and cinemas.

2014 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.

At the end of another outstanding year for the arts in Sydney, on Wednesday 31st December 2014, Sydney Arts Guide announced its 2014 awards in these Stage and Screen categories:-

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Russell Crowe’s ‘The Water Diviner’ receives 8 Australian Academy Award Nominations

4th AACTA Awards Feature Film Nominations

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) unveiled its nominees for the Australian equivalent to the Oscar and the Emmy this week, with sci-fi thriller PREDESTINATION, leading the pack of feature films at nine nominations. Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, THE WATER DIVINER, received eight nominations including Best Film and Best Actor. Following with seven nominations is David Michôd’s THE ROVER, which will compete in the directing category, as well as in Best Actor for Guy Pearce and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Pattinson.

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Screen Producers Australia Awards

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Inset Pic- Nicole Minchin and Amanda Brotchie from High Wire Films for the film, The Agony of Modern Manners- winner Light Entertainment Television Award. Featured Pic- One to watch- Kirsty O’Brien

There was a great turnout for the 14th Screen Producers Australia Awards which was held last Tuesday in the Palladium Room at Crown Casino as part of the 29th Screen Forever Conference. The four day conference featured seminars, workshops and gala parties attended by hundreds of film and television professionals from across Australia.

The event was hosted by comedian and writer Adam Zwar who was one of the award recipients when The Agony of Modern Manners, which he produces, was named best light entertainment production. Continue reading Screen Producers Australia Awards

Joshua Robson wins Rob Guest Endowment Award

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Joshua Robson takes out the major award at the 6th annual Gala Concert

The winner of the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award was announced tonight at a glamourous Gala Concert at the  Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

Competing against five other outstanding Semi-Finalists with his performance of Soliloquy  from Carousel and Let Me Dream, Joshua Robson took out the prestigious award after being chosen by an expert panel of judges, which included Nancye Hayes, Todd McKenney and Guy Simpson.

Presented by ANZ and hosted by Bert Newton with Lucy Durack, the glamourous event, which is now is its 6th year, featured performances by 2013 winner Samantha Leigh Dodemaide, Kirby Burgess, Bobby Fox, The Tap Pack, Swing On This, Eddie Muliaumaseali’l, Oscar and Joshua Han, and cast members from Wicked and Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Continue reading Joshua Robson wins Rob Guest Endowment Award