Awards

AACTA RED CARPET AND MEDIA ROOM

The AACTA Red Carpet is all about black tie and ballroom gown glamour. There are few antics but there often is at least one. This came in the form of octogenarian priest and radio personality Father Bob Maguire who had flown up from Melbourne to walk the Red Carpet both at the Aria and AAACTA awards. By lifting a bit of his trouser leg he mimicked some of the gowns that had splits right up to the thigh.

Just as ‘Lambs of God’, the dark tale of cruelty to Tasmania’s indigenous people, dominated the AACTA luncheon awards, ‘The Nightingale’ swept the ‘front of camera’ awards. In a first in the history of AACTA a woman filmmaker Jennifer Kent won awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay for ‘The Nightingale’. The Nightingale’ also won  best actress  for Aisling Franciosi and Magmolia Maymuru who received her best supporting actress award at the ACCTA’s luncheon, Continue reading AACTA RED CARPET AND MEDIA ROOM

ARIAS 2019 : MUSIC IS THE WINNER

The 2019 Aria awards saw the quartet ‘Human Nature’ being inducted into the Arias Hall Of Fame.

The Red Carpet that preceded the induction ceremony and the presentation of awards saw the majority of women opting for glamour and style whilst some of the men opted for the punk rocker style, often associated with contemporary popular music.

Jessica Mauboy stepped out onto the Carpet with her partner, the Veronicas-Lisa and Jessica Origliaso– made a welcome return to the Media Wall snd there was a surprise appearance by the television puppet Aggro carried by his producer Jamie Dunn whilst Matt Okine and Alex Dyson carried on their annual tradition of wearing silly costumes.

Guy Sebastian hosted the Arias and won two awards himself. Other winners included the Teskey Brothers, Morgan Evans, with a special award going to veteran music entrepreneur, Michael Chugg, who won the Aria Icon award, for his promotion of Australian music.

Paul Kelly added the ARIA for Best Adult Contemporary Album to his Fine Art ARIA for Best Classical Album which he shares with James Ledger.

Other Aria winners included Dean Lewis who won Aria’s Album Of The Year for his album ‘A Place We Knew’

The big winner, however, was ‘Tones and I ‘who won four Aria awards.

Toni Watson was busking in Byron bay a year ago when she decided to put a few of her tunes including ‘Dance Monkey’ on . the internet.

‘Dance Monkey’ went viral and hundreds of thousands downloads worldwide made her an instant star.

Special guests included Dua Lipa and Halsey.

Who knows who will be the big stars of next year and who will be inducted into the Aria Hall Of Fame?!

Featured image: Human Nature. All photos by Ben Apfelbaum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AACTA INDUSTRY AWARDS LUNCHEON 2019

Like the Oscars AACTA decided to split its award ceremonies in two  with the Industry Awards being held a couple of days before the front of camera awards. Nevertheless the behind the scenes awards were supported by well known stars in appreciation for the work that they did.

The big winner was ‘Lambs Of God’ which received a record number of nominations and won seven awards.

Musical Director Bryony Marks won two awards for her work on ‘Lambs Of God’ as well as 2040.

Children’s television is a fiercely contested area at the luncheon however it was a forgone conclusion that the smash hit Bluey helmed by Charlie Aspinwall, Joe Brumm, Daley Pearson and Sam Moor would be the winner having secured  deals with Disney and the BBC, the later marketing it worldwide.

The best visual effects and animation award was won by the Australian team of Janek Sirrs, Cyndi Ochs, Brendan Seals, Andrew Zink, for their work with the Marvel franchise and especially for ‘Spiderman: Far From Home’.

There was a front of camera award for Best Supporting Actress award, Magnolia Maymuru.

Featured image: Deborah Hutton. All pics by Ben Apfelbaum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARIA AWARDS 2019

The Star rolled out a huge, long red carpet (orange actually) for the creme de la creme of the music industry for the ARIA 2019 awards.

There were not many punk/rock outfits  with most female artists opting for glamorous ballgowns, sequinned dresses and stylish pants suits.

Because there seemed to be a complete replacement for last year’s nominees I confess that I did not recognise most of the artists who posed in front of the media wall. This included this year’s four time Aria award winner Tones and I’  claiming Arias for Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release, Breakthrough Artist and Best Independent Release.  A year ago, using her real name, Toni Watson, she was busking in Byron Bay. Symptomatic of the way one can achieve recognition as an artist she put her songs on the internet  and almost instantly shot to fame. Her song ‘Dance Monkey’ gathered one billion streams locally. Continue reading ARIA AWARDS 2019

HELPMANN AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

At a recent function held in .the Richard Wherrett Studio at the Roslyn Packer Theatre the Helpmann Nominees were announced. The  list is detailed below. This year the Helpmann Awards will take place in Melbourne in July.

Best Ballet

West Australian Ballet :  DRACULA

Semperoper Ballet : CARMEN

The Australian Ballet : AURUM

Teatro alla Scala : GISELLE

Best Choreography in a Ballet , Dance or Physical Theatre Production

Hafesh Sheeter : GRAND FINALE

Garry Stewart : THE BEGINNING OF NATURE

Rafael Bonachela : AB [INTRA]

Anthony Hamilton : FOREVER AND EVER

Best Female Dancer in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production

Terry Jade Samaya : COMMON GROUND

Catrina Roberts : DRACULA

Ashley McLellan : DUST

Charmaine Yap : CINCO

Best Male Dancer in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production

Waangenga Blanco : DARK EMU

Kevin Jackson : SPARTACUS

Kimbell Wong : THE BEGINNING OF NATURE

Nelson Earl : AB [INTRTA]

Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production

PYT Fairfield : PLAYLIST

Jadee Mundy : COLLABORATIONS

Gravity and other myths : OUT OF CHAOS

Legs On The Wall : MAN WITH THE IRON NECK

Best Dance Production

Hafesh Shechter Company and Adelaide Festival : GRAND FINALE

Sydney Dance Company : FOREVER AND EVER

Adelaide Dance Theatre : THE BEGINNING OF NATURE

Arts House and Jo Lloyd : OVERTURE

Best Cabaret Performer

Ali McGregor : YMA SAMAC : THE PERUVIAN SONGBIRD

Michaela Burger : A MIGRANT’S SON

Lily O’Donovan : KATE LEIGH : THE WORST WOMAN IN SYDNEY

Dickie Deau : Re-Member Me

Best Comedy Performance

Rhys Nicholson : NICE PEOPLE NICE THINGS NICE SITUATIONS

Cassie Workman : GIANTESS

James Acastor : COLD LASAGNE HATE MYSELF 1999

Damien Power : MAN PUTS HIS DREAMS IN A SOCK

Annie Edmonds : WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?

Hannah Gatsby : DOUGLAS

Best Australian Contemporary Concert

Darwin Festival and RPM Records and Bad Apple Music : RPM VS BAD APPLES

Tim Minchin and Live Nation Australia : BACK

Kylie Minogue and Frontier Touring, Roundhouse Entertainment and Mellen Events : GOLDEN TOUR 2019

Paul Kelly and Frontier Touring : MAKING GRAVY 2018

Best International Contemporary Concert

Christine and the Queens, Perth Festival : CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS

David Byrne and Frontier Touring : AMERICAN UTOPIA TOUR 2018

Celine Dion and Frontier Touring and AEG : CELINE DION – LIVE 2018

The Killers and Frontier Touring : THE KILLERS 2018

Best Contemporary Music Festival

WOMADelaide 2019 : WOMADelaide Foundation

Museum of Old and New Art : MONA FOMA 2019

Vivid Live 2018 Sydney Opera House and Destinationl NSW : VIVID LIVE 2018

Chugg Entertainment and Rob Potts Entertainment Edge : CMC Rocks 2019

Best Costume Design

Jennifer Irwin : DARK EMU

Renee Muldar: THE HARP IN THE SOUTH (PART 1 AND 2)

Gabriela Tylesova : TWELFTH NIGHT

Katrina Lindsay : HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD (PART 1 AND PART 2)

Best Lighting Design

Mark Howett : THE LONG FORGOTTEN DREAM

Nick Schlieper : SAINT JOAN

Neil Austin : HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD (PARTS ONE AND TWO)

Damien Cooper : AB [INTA]

Best Music Direction

Erin Helyard : PINCHGUT OPERA

Andrea Molina : WOZZECK

Aaron Wyatt : SPEECHLESS

Jordan De Soussa : KOSHIMA OPERA BERLIN’S ‘THE MAGIC FLUTE’

Best New Australian Work

Shakthidharam and Eamon Flack : COUNTING AND CRACKING

Felix Kiebl : SPINIFEX GUM                      

Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine : BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGA

Nakkiah Lui : BLACKIE BLACKIE BROWN (THE TRADITIONAL OWNERS OF DEATH)

Kate Mulvany : THE HARP IN THE SOUTH (PART 1 AND PART 2)

The Last Great Hunt and Artistic Collaborations : LE NOIR (THE RAIN)

Best Original Score

William Barton : THE LONG FORGOTTEN DREAM

Ursula Yovich, Alana Valentine and Adm Ventousa : BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS

Imogen Heap : HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD (PARTS ONE AND TWO)

Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttell : TWELFTH NIGHT

Best Scenic Design

Jacob Nash : THE LONG FORGOTTEN DREAM

Dale Ferguson : COUNTING AND CRACKING

The Last Great Hunt and Artistic Collaborations: Le Noir [The RAIN]

Christine Jones : HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD (PARTS ONE AND TWO)

Brian Thomsen : HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR : WEST SIDE STORY

Best Sound Design

Stefan Grefory : CURIOUS

Steve Francis :DARK EMU

Nate Edmondson : THE HARP IN THE SOUTH [PARTS ONE AND TWO]

Gareth Fry : THE HARP IN THE SOUTH [PARTS ONE AND TWO]

Best Special Event

Museum of Old and New Art : Museum of Old and New Art-  DECLARED THE WINNER

Best Choreography In A Musical

Amy Campbell : IN THE HEIGHTS

Joshua Bergasse :  ROALD DAHL”S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – THE NEW MUSICAL

Malik Le Nost and Mitchell Woodstock : SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

Julia Monga : HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR WEST SIDE STORY

Best Direction Of A Musical

Luke Joslin : IN THE HEIGHTS

Jack O’Brien : ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY THE NEW MUSICAL

Hal Prince ; EVITA

Francesca Zambella : HANDA OPERA ON THE HARBOUR WEST SIDE STORY

Best Female Actress in a Musical

Luise Serofani : IN THE HEIGHTS

Ursula Yovich : BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS

Tina Arena : EVITA

Natalie Abbott : MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Lucy Maunder : ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY THE NEW MUSICAL

Elaine Crombie : BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS

Pippa Grandison : MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL

Karli Dinardo : HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR WEST SIDE STORY

Best Male Actor in a Musical

Paul Slade Smith : ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY THE NEW MUSICAL

Brent Hill : SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL

Alexander Lewis : HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR WEST WIDE STORY

Blae Bowden : THE BOOK OF MORMON

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Marty Alix : IN THE HEIGHTS

Tony Sheldon : ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY THE NEW MUSICAL

Mark Hill : HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR WEST WIDE STORY

Joel Granger : THE BOOK OF MORMON

Best Musical

Sydney Opera House and the Arthouse Wyong presents, produced by Blue Saint productions in association with Neil Gooding : IN THE HEIGHTS

John  Frost, Craig Donnell, Warner Brothers Theatrical Productions, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions : ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY THE NEW MUSICAL

Belvoir in association  with Vicki Gordon Music Productions Pty Ltd : BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS

Opera Australia : HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR WEST WIDE STORY

Best Chamber and Instrumental Ensemble Concert

Melbourne Recital Centre and State Opera of South Australia  : GABRIELLI CONSORT AND PLAYERS – PURCELL’S KING ARTHUR

Adelaide Festival : SRETENSKY MONASTERY CHOIR

Camerata- Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra : SARA MACIVER IN CONCERT WITH CAMERATA

Musica Viva Australia : SABINE MEYER AND ALLIAGE QUARTET

Best Direction of an Opera

William Kentridge : WOZZECK

Lindy Hume :  DON GIOVANNI

Sarah Giles : LORELEI

Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade : KOMISCHE OPERA BERLIN : THE MAGIC FLUTE

Best Female Performer in a  Supporting Role in a Opera

 

Emma Pearson : STATE OPERA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Tanya Fiebig : METAMORPHOSIS

Natalie Arayan : DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NUMBERG

Alexandra Olazyk : KOMIOSCHE OPERA BERLIN : THE MAGIC FLUTE

Best Female Performer in an Opera

Vivica Gebaux : ARTASERSE

Lorina Gore : WOZZECK

Jessica Pratt : LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

Lisa Lindstrom : SALOME

 

Best Individual Classical Music Performance

Stuart Skelton : TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Asher Risch : TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Vivica Genaux : VIVA GENAUZ IN CONCERT

Diana Doherty : SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2019 : SEASON OPENING GALA : DOHERTY PLAYS WESTLAKE

Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera

John Langmuir : WOZZECK

Nicholas Jones : DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NUMBERG

Tom Erik Lie : KOMISCHE OPERA BERLIN :THE MAGIC FLUTE

Derek Walton : PARSIFAL

Best Male Performer in an Opera

David Hansen : ARTASERSE

Michael Honeyman : WOZZECK

Michael Fabiano : WERTHER

Simon Lobelson : METAMORPHOSIS

Aaron Blake : KOMISCHE OPERA BERLIN : THE MAGIC FLUTE

Best Opera

Arts Project Australia, Adelaide Festival and Perth Festival: KOMISCHE OPERA BERLIN : THE MAGIC FLUTE

Opera Australia : WOZZECK

Opera Australia : METAMORPHOSIS

Pinchgut Opera : ARTASERSE

Best Symphony Orchestra Concert :

West Australian  Symphony Orchestra : TRISTAN AND ISOLDE

Adelaide Festival : MAHLER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Sydney Opera House presents: DANIEL BARENBOIM CONDUCTING STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN

Sydney Symphony Orchestra : MAHLER SIX : SIMONE YOUNG CONDUCTS

Best Presentation for Children and Young People

Arena Theatre Company : ROBOT SONG

Circa : WOLFGANG’S MAGICAL MUSICAL CIRCUS

Windmill Theatre Company : BABA YAGA

Amria Hepi and Performing Lines : A CALL TO DANCE

Best Regional Touring production

Bangarra Dance Theatre : BENNELONG

Australian Dance Theatre : THE BEGINNING OF NATURE

La Boite Theatre Company : PRIZE FIGHTER

Sydney Dance Company : AB [INTA]

Best Direction of a Play

Eamon Flack and S.Shakhidharan : COUNTING AND CRACKING

Counting and Cracking

Declan Greene : BLACKIE BLACKIE BROWN : THE TRADITIONAL OWNER OF DEATH

Imara Savage : SAINT JOAN

Kip Williams :  THE HARP IN THE SOUTH (PART 1 AND 2)

Best Female Actor in a Play

Kate Mulvany : EVERY BRILLIANT THING

Helen Thomson : MARY STUART

Sarah Snook : SAINT JOAN

Melita Jurisic : ARBUS AND WEST

Paula Arundell : HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILDREN (PART 1 AND 2)

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Vaishnavi Suryaprakash :    COUNTING AND CRACKING     

Helen Thomson : THE HARP IN THE SOUTH (PART 1 AND 2)

Maude Davey : MELANCHOLIA

Zoe Terakes : A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

Best Male Actor in a Play

Wayne Blair : THE LONG FORGOTTEN DREAM

Kelton Pell : SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL

Prakash Belawadi : COUNTING AND CRACKING

Amer Hiehel : TAHA

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role In a play

Paul Blackwell : FAITH HEALER

Ash Flanders :  BLACKIE BLACKIE BROWN : THE TRADITIONAL OWNER OF DEATH

Antonythasan Jesuthasan : COUNTING AND CRACKING

William McKenna : HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILDREN (PART 1 AND 2)

Best Production of a Play

Belvoir and Co-Curious :COUNTING AND CRACKING

Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre :

BLACKIEBLACKIE BROWN : THE TRADITIONAL OWNER OF DEATH

Sydney Theatre Company : THE HARP IN THE SOUTH (PART 1 AND 2)

Rawcas : SONG FOR A WEARY THROAT

Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Calendar and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions and Australian Executive Producer Michael Cassel : HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILDREN (PART 1 AND 2)

Nat Randall and Anna Brecken and Performing Lines : THE SECOND WOMAN

Featured image-  Actor Darren Yap announcing some of the nominees. All pics by Ban Apfelbaum.

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR SYDNEY THEATRE CRITICS CIRCLE 2018 AWARDS

Nominations were announced today for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2018, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday 21 January 2019 at 6pm at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre.

Leading the list with 11 nominations is The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two, produced by the Sydney Theatre Company, followed by Cry-Baby from LPD and Hayes Theatre Co and Sydney Theatre Company’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, both on nine nominations. In the Heights, produced by Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co, was awarded eight nominations, while The Flick from Outhouse Theatre Company and Seymour Centre received seven nominations.

Nominations in the 33 categories were spread across 49 productions which played on Sydney stages during 2018. Sydney Theatre Company has a clean sweep in the Best Mainstage Production category with Blackie Blackie Brown, The Harp In The South, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Saint Joan all vying for the award, the first time one theatre company has dominated all nominations in this category. The nominees for Best Independent Production are The Flick (Outhouse Theatre Company in association with Seymour Centre), Metamorphoses (Apocalypse Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions), Stupid Fucking Bird (New Theatre) and There Will Be A Climax (Red Line Productions in partnership with NIDA).

The Sydney Theatre Awards are presented annually by a group of leading theatre critics to celebrate the strength, quality and diversity of theatre in Sydney. The panel consist of Elissa Blake (Audrey Journal), Jason Blake (Audrey Journal), Deborah Jones (The Australian), Jo Litson (Limelight), John McCallum (The Australian), Joyce Morgan (The Sydney Morning Herald), Ben Neutze (Time Out), John Shand (The Sydney Morning Herald) Diana Simmonds (Stagenoise), Cassie Tongue (Time Out) and Suzy Wrong (Suzy Goes See).

The reviewers all felt 2018 was a very strong year for Sydney theatre. Ben Neutze said, “It’s always a huge privilege to witness the work of our city’s talented, devoted and often criminally underappreciated theatre makers. This has been an outstanding year in a number of ways, particularly with new plays at mainstage companies. We’ve seen outstanding productions that grapple with Australia’s position in the world, take outsider perspectives on our society, and dig into our history to imagine a way forward.

“It’s unusual that one company has dominated the Best Mainstage Production category – and we hope for more equitable representation in future – but it must be said that Sydney Theatre Company’s season was packed with highlights. Similarly, Griffin Theatre Company and Hayes Theatre Co continue to punch well above their weight, as is reflected in the nominations.”

Diana Simmonds agreed, saying, “It’s hard to believe this is the 14th year of the Awards, but wonderful to be able to say it was a vintage year, from mainstage to independent. The quality and ambition are thrilling, particularly in new Australian works, and the participation of women of all ages is growing and we want to see no going back on that.”

NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS

BEST MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Blackie Blackie Brown (Sydney Theatre Company)

The Harp in the South (Sydney Theatre Company)

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Sydney Theatre Company)

Saint Joan (Sydney Theatre Company)

BEST INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

The Flick (Outhouse Theatre Company in association with Seymour Centre)

Metamorphoses (Apocalypse Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions)

Stupid Fucking Bird (New Theatre)

There Will Be a Climax (Red Line Productions in partnership with NIDA)

BEST DIRECTION OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Leticia Cáceres (random)

Imara Savage (Saint Joan)

Kip Williams (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

Kip Williams (The Harp in the South)

BEST DIRECTION OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Craig Baldwin (The Flick)

Alexander Berlage (There Will Be a Climax)

Dino Dimitriadis (Metamorphoses)

Warwick Doddrell (Stupid Fucking Bird)

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Claire Lovering (The Feather in the Web)

Zahra Newman (random)

Sarah Snook (Saint Joan)

Megan Wilding (Blackie Blackie Brown)

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Jimi Bani (My Name is Jimi)

Jack Finsterer (The Harp in the South)

Yalin Ozucelik (The Norman Conquests)

Hugo Weaving (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Gabrielle Scawthorn (Ironbound)

Ella Scott-Lynch (King of Pigs)

Nikki Shiels (They Divided the Sky)

Bishanyia Vincent (Nell Gwynn)

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Justin Amankwah (The Flick)

Mansoor Noor (Stupid Fucking Bird)

Jeremy Waters (The Flick)

Elijah Williams (The Rolling Stone)

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Kate Box (Top Girls)

Julie Forsyth (Accidental Death of an Anarchist)

Michelle Lim Davidson (The Feather in the Web)

Contessa Treffone (The Harp in the South)

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Mitchell Butel (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

Ash Flanders (Blackie Blackie Brown)

Colin Moody (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

Guy Simon (The Harp in the South)

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Morgan Maguire (Home Invasion)

Wendy Mocke (Moby Dick)

Annie Stafford (Stupid Fucking Bird)

Kaitlyn Thor (Stupid Fucking Bird)

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Simon Burke (Strangers in Between)

Damon Manns (The Rolling Stone)

Mandela Mathia (The Rolling Stone)

Christopher Stollery (Ear to the Edge of Time)

BEST STAGE DESIGN OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Robert Cousins (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

David Fleischer (The Harp in the South)

Elizabeth Gadsby, Oh Yeah Wow and Verity Hampson (Blackie Blackie Brown)

Jonathon Oxlade (Accidental Death of an Anarchist)

BEST STAGE DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Jonathan Hindmarsh (Metamorphoses)

Isabel Hudson (Cry-Baby)

Isabel Hudson (The View UpStairs)

Maya Keys (The Wolves)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Alice Babidge (A Cheery Soul)

James Browne (Josephine Wants to Dance)

Renée Mulder (The Harp in the South)

Renée Mulder (Top Girls)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Mason Browne (Cry-Baby)

Elizabeth Franklin (In the Heights)

Nicholas Fry (There Will Be a Climax)

Jonathan Hindmarsh (Metamorphoses)

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Damien Cooper (Top Girls)

Verity Hampson (Blackie Blackie Brown)

Nick Schlieper (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

Nick Schlieper (The Harp in the South)

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Benjamin Brockman (Metamorphoses)

Martin Kinnane (The Flick)

Trent Suidgeest (Darlinghurst Nights)

Trent Suidgeest (The View UpStairs)

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Nate Edmondson (The Harp in the South)

Stefan Gregory (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

Max Lyandvert (Saint Joan)

Jethro Woodward (Sami in Paradise)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

William Barton (The Long Forgotten Dream)

Stefan Gregory (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

The Sweats (The Harp in the South)

Clemence Williams (A Cheery Soul)

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Nate Edmondson (The Flick)

Ben Pierpoint (Metamorphoses)

Ben Pierpont and Mary Rapp (Stupid Fucking Bird)

Clemence Williams (The Wolves)

BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK

The Almighty Sometimes (Kendall Feaver)

Blackie Blackie Brown (Nakkiah Lui)

The Feather in the Web (Nick Coyle)

The Harp in the South (Kate Mulvany)

Kill Climate Deniers (David Finnigan)

The Sugar House (Alana Valentine)

BEST NEWCOMER

Marty Alix (In the Heights)

Justin Amankwah (The Flick)

Damon Manns (The Rolling Stone)

Grace Truman (Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam)

Nadia Zwecker (The Wolves)

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

The Book of Mormon (Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and John Frost)

Cry-Baby (LPD in association with Hayes Theatre Co)

In the Heights (Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co)

The View UpStairs (Invisible Wall Productions and Sugary Rum productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co)

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Alexander Berlage (Cry-Baby)

Luke Joslin (In the Heights)

Lee Lewis (Darlinghurst Nights)

Shaun Rennie (The View UpStairs)

 

JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Tina Arena (Evita)

Caitlin Berry (She Loves Me)

Loren Hunter (Evie May)

Ashleigh Rubenach (Cry-Baby)

JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Ryan Gonzalez (In the Heights)

Ryan Gonzalez (Jersey Boys)

Justin Smith (Darlinghurst Nights)

Rowan Witt (She Loves Me)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Beth Daly (Cry-Baby)

Laura Murphy (Cry-Baby)

Zahra Newman (The Book of Mormon)

Bishanyia Vincent (Evie May)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Marty Alix (In the Heights)

Joel Granger (She Loves Me)

Jay James-Moody (She Loves Me)

Rowan Witt (The Book of Mormon)

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Lucy Bermingham (In the Heights)

Geoffrey Castles (Aspects of Love)

Nicholas Griffin (Cry-Baby)

Max Lambert (Darlinghurst Nights)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A MUSICAL

Leslie Bell (She Loves Me)

Amy Campbell (In the Heights)

Madison Lee (The Wild Party)

Cameron Mitchell (Cry-Baby)

BEST CABARET PRODUCTION

Bosom Buddies (Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney)

Meow Meow’s Pandemonium

Since Ali Died (Omar Musa)

BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN OR YOUNG PEOPLE

Alice in Wonderland (Sydney Festival)

Charlie Pilgrim (atyp)

Josephine Wants to Dance (Monkey Baa)

The Wider Earth (Queensland Theatre and Dead Puppet Society)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

To be announced at the Awards ceremony

Featured image – Harp  Of The South. Pic Daniel Boud.

AACTA RED CARPET

As is the case there is always an especially glittering Red Carpet at the AACTA awards. Naturally Nicole Kidman  sparkled and was truly happy to be accompanied by her mum, and her niece Lucia Hawley.

Mirroring Australian politics  the AACTA Awards have looked for greater cooperation with the Asian cinema markets with the AACTA Asian Awards. These winners also walked the Red Carpet together with other Australian nominees, many with a multicultural background. Unlike the torrential rain which plagued the Aria Awards a week earlier, the AACTA Red Carpet took place on the 5th December in sparkling sunshine in its traditional position at the Star Event Centre in Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, facing our glorious harbour.

Featured image – Isabel Lucas. All pics by Ben Apfelbaum

AACTA AWARDS CEREMONY: THE MEDIA ROOM

Stephen Curry was back again hosting the AACTA Awards ceremony held at the Star Event Centre on 5th December. Much was made of the 60th anniversary of this event and how far the Industry has come over this time. Occasionally the ceremony is a victim of its own making in that past award winners have been recognised and work internationally or interstate and are unable to attend this year’s event despite being nominated.

Nevertheless such is the depth of talent in the film and television industry that the capacious Star Event Centre was filled to the brim.

The most prestigious award of the evening went to Bryan Brown who received the  Longford  Lyell Award for his body of work  and his contribution to the film and television industry.

The Byron Kennedy Award went to Ian Darling of the Good Pitch Australia/ Documentary Australia Foundation.

Indigenous films were prominent in the Award nominations with the drama series  Mystery Road and the movie Sweet Country. 

As is the case in some Oscar ceremonies a film dominates the Awards and that film was Sweet Country winning six awards including Best Film, Best Director (Warwick Thornton), Best Cinematography (Warwick Thornton) and Best Lead Actor (Hamilton Morris – who had never acted before).

Among the other winners were Angourie Rice for Best Actress for ‘Ladies in Black’, Simon Baker for Best Supporting Actor for ‘Breath’, Nicole Kidman for Best Supporting Actress for ‘Boy Erased’. ‘Boy Erased’  also received an award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

‘Mystery Road’ and ‘Riot’ dominated the television categories, receiving three awards each including Best Drama series and Best Tele Feature or Mini Series respectively.

‘Riot’ won the best Lead Actor in a Television Drama  for Damon Herriman and Best Lead Actress for first time winner Kate Box.

‘Mystery Road’ won both the best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for Wayne Blair and Deborah Mailman.

For a complete list of award winners visit www.aacta.org

The audience also enjoyed Stephen Curry ‘s pre-recorded skits, Gina Riley and Jane Turner reprising their roles as Kath and Kim to present the award for Best Comedian for Hannah Gadsby. Other highlights included Vance Joy’s performance and Katie Noonan’s ‘In Memoriam’ tribute.

All pics by Ben Apfelbaum (c)

AACTA AWARDS INDUSTRY LUNCHEON

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards are a continuum of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards which recognised screen excellence in Australia since 1958. The first AACTA award had humble origins in that it was presented to a short training film produced by the Federal Government.

The Minister for the Arts Don Harwin made the point that for every dollar the New South Wales Government invested on film and television, the New South Wales economy reaped a benefit of $21. Continue reading AACTA AWARDS INDUSTRY LUNCHEON

ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT @ THE ARIA AWARDS

A torrential storm described as a one in a century storm for November (though the last one was in 1984) smashed Sydney and potentially threatened the Aria awards Red Carpet. Rather than holding it at the usual Pirrama Road entrance, workers toiled furiously to erect the media walls and carpets at the front entrance of the Star. It worked so well it might be held there again next year.

Despite the heavy clouds many stars emerged to participate in the Aria awards ceremony. There were many international guests including Sir Bob Geldof, US crooner Richard Marx and pop Brit sensations, Rita Ora and George Ezra.

The event was compered by Keith Urban and with him came the extra bonuses of his singing and the support of his wife Nicole Kidman, who also brought along her niece, Lucia Hawley. Continue reading ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT @ THE ARIA AWARDS

FASHION STARS HONOURED @ 2018 FASHION LAUREATE AWARDS

The crème of Australia’s fashion-elite attended the 2018 Fashion Laureate Awards ceremony recently to honour individuals who have made a significant contribution to the growth, development and global promotion of this country’s fashion industry.

Designers, models and industry professionals graced the Australian Fashion Laureate red carpet at the State Theatre in Sydney to celebrate the 11th year of this gala event hosted by international supermodel Georgia Fowler and celebrated Aussie comedian Ash Williams.

It was a night to reflect on the achievements in Australian Fashion and acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments by individuals in different categories. Continue reading FASHION STARS HONOURED @ 2018 FASHION LAUREATE AWARDS

WINNER OF THE INAUGURAL PIONEER PLAYWRIGHT AWARD: SOPHIA SIMMONS

The 2018 Pioneer Playwright Award Winner is GRAVITY GUTS by Sophia Simmons (pictured).

Company of Rogues and the Pioneer Play Festival are proud to announce Sophia Simmons’ smart, sharp and funny play about growing up, the universe and everything is the winner of the 2018 Pioneer Playwright Award.

GRAVITY GUTS tells the story of a teenage girl as she tries to follow her dream of being an astronaut.  She loves sci-fi because her dad thinks it’s cool, she’s obsessed with space travel and her hero is Sigourney Weaver from Alien. She just needs to pass the medical, get through the entrance exam, and ace the physical fitness test (cue 80’s workout music).                      Continue reading WINNER OF THE INAUGURAL PIONEER PLAYWRIGHT AWARD: SOPHIA SIMMONS

HELPMANN AWARDS 2018

Further to the nominations announced on 18 June by the industry group Live Performance Australia, the presentation of this year’s Helpmann Awards were spread over two separate evenings.

Act 1 on Sunday 15 July at Sydney Town Hall was the curtain raiser acknowledging the achievements of Australia’s best creative and design artists who work behind the scenes in support roles. The Awards are a celebration of Australia’s live performance industry recognising excellence across a range of categories including musicals, comedy and cabaret, opera, dance, classical music, theatre and ballet. The 20 awards announced at the Helpmann Awards Act 1 on Sunday complements the dynamic performing arts talent fiercely competitive in a thriving industry.

The Town Hall celebration on Sunday was a cocktail gathering hosted by Rhonda Roberts and Michael Lynch. The live performances for the night included Monkey Baa Theatre Company, the Sydney Youth Orchestra Quartet, Georgina Hopson and opera duo Andrew Jones and Jenny Liu. Continue reading HELPMANN AWARDS 2018

HELPMANN AWARDS NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 ANNOUNCED

This image: David Atkins, Artistic Director of the upcoming Helpmann Awards.                           Featured image: Matt Lee, Kelley Abbey, David Atkins, Maggie Dence and Robert Grubb at the announcement of this years’ Helpmann Awards nominees. Pics by Denver Mottau.

On Monday night, the industry group Live Performance Australia (LPA) announced the nominees in the 42 categories of the Helpmann Awards. The Awards are accolades for live entertainment and performing arts in Australia recognising achievement and excellence across a range of live performance sectors including musicals, comedy, opera and classical music, theatre, ballet, dance and physical theatre, presentations for children, regional touring and cabaret.

The winner of the Best Special Event Award, already announced, has gone to the Melbourne International Arts Festival for its production of Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.

This year, the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) dominated the Theatre categories with 27 nominations. Hugo Weaving and his son Harry Greenwood were recognised for separate STC shows while David Campbell was nominated for best actor in a musical for his role as Bobby Darin in Dream Lover, and again for Assassins now playing at the Opera House.

The musical remake of Muriel’s Wedding received 11 nominations including best musical, best new Australian work, best original score, best director and best female actor in a musical. There is strong competition across categories with Hamlet and Bennelong also scoring many a nomination. Locally created music and dance work seem to have a much- anticipated edge with this year’s awards. Continue reading HELPMANN AWARDS NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 ANNOUNCED

MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK AUSTRALIA 2018

As the cream of international and local fashion experts flocked to Sydney to experience yet another fashion extravaganza of lavish runway shows during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA), just how did our prolific designers meet the task of showcasing to the world, the best of our homegrown talent and top labels.

There were some 40 runway shows in 4 ½ days of MBFWA with each show costing between $50-$100,000. Australian designers who could afford these costs had the platform opportunity to present a brand vision and push home their wares building crucial sales and connections to impress the strong contingent of international press and buyers who regularly come here to scout for fresh talent and new ideas. Continue reading MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK AUSTRALIA 2018

THE STELLA YOUNG AWARD NOW OPEN

The Stella Young Award is an annual award offered by Arts Access Victoria, recognising the power of the arts to influence social change.This award recognises young Australian artists with disability (aged between 16 – 30) who have demonstrated significant impact or achievement in disability activism through their artistic practice in comedy, performing arts or screen culture. Continue reading THE STELLA YOUNG AWARD NOW OPEN

Australian Independent Booksellers:The Indie Book Awards 2018

Australian Independent Booksellers are thrilled to announce Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Hachette Australia) as their favourite Australian book from last year and the winner of The Indie Book Awards 2018 Book of the Year.

This is the first time a children’s book has won the overall award, made even extra special given 2018 marks the tenth year of the awards. Continue reading Australian Independent Booksellers:The Indie Book Awards 2018

ATYP ANNOUNCE RECIPIENTS OF 2018 ROSE BYRNE & REBEL WILSON  AMBASSADOR SCHOLARSHIPS 

“ATYP is delighted to announce that two young women will be the 2018 recipients of the scholarships funded by international ambassadors Rose Byrne and Rebel Wilson.”

After reading through over 75 applications for each scholarship, the ambassadors made their final decisions early this week. The Rebel Wilson Theatre Maker Scholarship has been accepted by Melbourne based writer Madelaine Nunn and the Rose Byrne Scholarship for an Emerging Female Leader in the Arts was awarded to NSW emerging producer Imogen Gardam. Continue reading ATYP ANNOUNCE RECIPIENTS OF 2018 ROSE BYRNE & REBEL WILSON  AMBASSADOR SCHOLARSHIPS 

2018 Lysicrates Prize for Travis Cotton and ‘Starfish’.

This image: Actors Bishaniya Vincent and Hamish Michael perform in ‘Starfish’ by Travis Cotton
Banner image: Playwright Travis Cotton

Playwright Travis Cotton has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Lysicrates Prize for his play Starfish. Co-presented by Griffin Theatre Company and The Lysicrates Foundation, the prize— now in its fourth year—celebrates the best new Australian writing. Continue reading 2018 Lysicrates Prize for Travis Cotton and ‘Starfish’.

TROPFEST FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

This image: ROCK BOTTOM
Banner image: THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU

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

TROP JNR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

This image: Still from LOVE , ELLA. Katerina (Kat) Alexander
Banner image: Shooting RUN (Matthew Simmons)

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

ROB GUEST ENDOWMENT AWARDS – WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Rob Guest Endowment 2017 winner, Georgina Hopson.

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