The success of THE BABADOOK continues with Jennifer Kent winning Best Direction in a Feature Film at the 2015 Australian Directors Guild Awards. The Awards celebrated the outstanding work of Australian screen directors over the past year across 15 categories including film, television, multiplatform, music video and advertising. Other winners included Tony Krawitz for Best Direction in a TV Mini Series for DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND (episode 5) and Matthew Saville for Best Direction in a TV Comedy for PLEASE LIKE ME.
The Awards took place earlier this evening at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins and were hosted by The Chaser’s Chris Taylor. Jackie Woodburne and Alan Fletcher were at the ceremony to help mark the 30th Anniversary of Neighbours and were joined by fellow cast members Ariel Kaplan and Harley Bonner who were presenters, along with Robert Connolly, Nadine Garner, Sigrid Thornton and Denise Roberts.
In the documentary categories, Amin Palangi won the Best Direction in a Documentary Feature Award for LOVE MARRIAGE IN KABUL and Kelrick Martin won Best Direction in a Documentary (Stand Alone) for PRISON SONGS, while episode 2 of CHANGING MINDS won Best Direction in a Documentary Series for Cian O’Clery.
In the TV categories Best Direction in a Telemovie went to Jeffrey Walker for JACK IRISH: DEAD POINT. Best Direction in a TV Drama Serial went to HOME AND AWAY (Episode 6051) and its director Scott Hartford-Davis and THE CODE (series 1, episode 4) won Best Direction in a TV Drama Series for Shawn Seet. There were two winners in the Esben Storm Award for Best Direction in a Children’s TV Program; Cate McQuillen for GET GRUBBY TV and Craig Irvin for Nowhere Boys (series 2, episode 7).
Best Direction in a TV Commercial was won by Jessie Oldfield and Adam Murfet for LIFE THROUGH WOOL and Victoria Cocks won the Best Direction in an Original Online Project Award for WASTELANDER PANDA: EXILE.
The clip for Fractures’ IT’S ALRIGHT was the recipient of Best Direction in a Music Video for Matthew Chuang and Genevieve Clay-Smith won Best Direction in a Student Film for her work on I AM EMMANUEL.
This year, the ADG presented both the Michael Carson Award and the ADG/DGA Finders Award. The recipients of both awards had previously been revealed with Chris Langman at the Awards to celebrate his many achievements with the Michael Carson Award and Craig Monahan was the recipient of the ADG/DGA Finders Award for HEALING.
THE 2015 ADG AWARD WINNERS
BEST DIRECTION IN A TV DRAMA SERIES
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- The Code – Series 1 Episode 4 – Shawn Seet
BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY (Stand Alone)
- Prison Songs – Kelrick Martin
ESBEN STORM AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A CHILDREN’S TV PROGRAM
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(There are 2 winners in this category)
- Get Grubby TV – Cate McQuillen
- Nowhere Boys – Series 2 Episode 7 – Craig Irvin
BEST DIRECTION IN A TV COMMERCIAL
- Life Through Wool – Jessie Oldfield & Adam Murfet
BEST DIRECTION IN A MUSIC VIDEO
- It’s Alright (Fractures) – Matthew Chuang
BEST DIRECTION IN A STUDENT FILM
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- I Am Emmanuel – Genevieve Clay-Smith
BEST DIRECTION IN AN ORIGINAL ONLINE PROJECT
- Wastelander Panda: Exile – Victoria Cocks
BEST DIRECTION IN A SHORT FILM
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- Grey Bull – Eddy Bell
BEST DIRECTION IN A TV DRAMA SERIAL
- Home and Away – Episode 6051 – Scott Hartford-Davis
ADG/DGA FINDERS AWARD
- Craig Monahan – Healing
BEST DIRECTION IN A TV COMEDY
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- Please Like Me – Series 2 Episode 7 – Matthew Saville
BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY SERIES
- Changing Minds – Episode 2 – Cian O’Clery
BEST DIRECTION IN A TV MINI SERIES
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- Devil’s Playground – Episode 5 – Tony Krawitz
BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
- Love Marriage in Kabul – Amin Palangi
BEST DIRECTION IN A TELEMOVIE
- Jack Irish: Dead Point – Jeffrey Walker
MICHAEL CARSON AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TELEVISION DRAMA DIRECTION
- Chris Langman
BEST DIRECTION IN A FEATURE FILM
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- The Babadook – Jennifer Kent