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The Black Balloon and Unfinished Sky were both recognised by the critics at the 2009 FCCA Awards, presented on Friday February 13 at Greater Union Cinemas at Bondi Junction, Sydney.

Director Elissa Down’s drama The Black Balloon, produced by Tristram Miall, won awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Toni Collette), whilst Peter Duncan’s Unfinished Sky won awards for Best Actor (William McInnes), Best Editor (Suresh Ayyer), Best Music (Antony Partos) and Best Original Screenplay - jointly shared with Matthew Dabner and Joel Edgerton for The Square.

In the acting category other major winners were Noni Hazlehurst, who was named Best Actress for her performance in Bitter And Twisted and young Brandon Walters’ debut performance in Australia was acknowledged with Best Supporting Actor.

Mark Hartley’s lively documentary Not Quite Hollywood won Best Documentary Feature whilst Amiel Curtin-Wilson’s Bastardy scored Best Documentary Jury Prize. Rare Chicken Rescue, directed by Randall Wood, collected the award for Best Documentary Short, with Spirit Stones, directed by Allan Collins, receiving a Honourable Mention in the same category.

The award for Best Foreign Feature – English Language, went to Slumdog Millionaire with the poignant drama The Diving Bell And The Butterfly winning Best Foreign Language Film.

Industry stalwart, Richard Brennan was honoured with the accolade Special Acknowledgement – A Life in Film. Brennan, whose credits include such landmark local features as Cosi, Spotswood, Starstruck, Newsfront and Long Weekend, received this tribute not only for his work as a producer but also for his ongoing support of Australian film and Australian film culture.

Best Film: Producer: Tristram Miall - THE BLACK BALLOON
Best Director Elissa Down - THE BLACK BALLOON
Best Actor: William McInnes – UNFINISHED SKY
Best Actress: Noni Hazlehurst - BITTER AND TWISTED
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Brandon Walters - AUSTRALIA
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Toni Collette - THE BLACK BALLOON
Best Original Screenplay: Peter Duncan - UNFINISHED SKY and
Joel Edgerton & Matthew Dabner – THE SQUARE
Best Cinematography: Mandy Walker - AUSTRALIA
Best Feature Documentary: NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD
Best Documentary Jury Prize: BASTARDY
Best Documentary Short: RARE CHICKEN RESCUE
Best foreign Language Film: THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERLY
Special Acknowledgement Producer Richard Brennan – A Life in Film

Published February 19, 2009

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The Black Balloon


Unfinished Sky

Bitter & Twisted - Noni Hazlehurst

Australia - Brandon Walters

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