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AFI AWARDS 2003 - NOMINATIONS

GETTIN’ SQUARE GETTIN’ HOT AT AFI
On the morning that Australia’s professional film critics body, the FCCA, presents the first movie awards for the season, the AFI announced the nominees, where Jonathan Teplitzky’s the crime comedy Gettin’ Square has the most nominations with 12 (equal record with Newsfront, 1978) out of 14 categories, followed by Sue Brooks’ Japanese Story. Andrew L. Urban reports.


It’s no surprise that Getting Square is highly nominated, a commercial film made with creative excellence, and Japanese Story is a powerful arthouse film with excellent commercial prospects. Neither, as it happens, has found the box office success they each deserve, and there could be a few drinks at the bar over that.

The other two Best Film nominations, Ned Kelly and Crackerjack, are less obvious nominees, and veer away from both the critics and the If Awards nominees in this category; this will please those who like to see a diversity of Australian films recognised. But it will also –or should – spark debate about the way each of the three awards are to be perceived. Who votes, how and what does it all mean? Questions for a panel discussion over another cup of Bundy perhaps?

It is noteworthy, however, that the AFI Best Film nominees list includes Crackerjack, one several comedies released in the past 12 months, and probably the most popular. It’s hard for a comedy to out-rate drama at this end of the categories, which always raises the question of splitting the major categories to cater for comedy separately. This year, Crackerjack shows it isn’t necessary, but I predict a hot debate over this issue as well. It also underlines the diversity of the year’s top films, in the wake of a lot of soul searching when Australian films flopped commercially. Even Getting Square, which at least had David Wenham and Gary Sweet with high profiles. Pity the marketing campaign did nothing to sell the film to the public.

The more debate the better of course, to help raise the level of screen culture discussion, especially if it feeds back into the filmmakers’ and film agencies’ ears. Start yakkin’ over this lot:

AFI AWARDS 2003 NOMINEES

Twenty feature films were entered for the 45th AFI Awards 2003. All AFI members were able to vote for Best Film and Best Foreign Film. Accredited AFI members – ie industry professionals with film credits – also voted in the categories of direction, acting, screenplay, music, cinematography, editing, sound, production design and costume design. In each awards category, four nominees were determined by weighted preferential vote. 

SHOWTIME AFI AWARD FOR BEST FILM
Alexandra’s Project: Julie Ryan, Domenico Procacci 
Gettin’ Square: Martin Fabinyi, Tim White &Trish Lake
Japanese Story: Sue Maslin, Sue Brooks & Alison Tilson
The Rage in Placid Lake: Marian Macgowan

EMPIRE MAGAZINE AFI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
Crackerjack - Paul Moloney
Gettin’ Square - Jonathan Teplitzky
Japanese Story - Sue Brooks
Ned Kelly - Gregor Jordan

AFI AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Helen Buday - Alexandra’s Project
Rose Byrne - The Rage in Placid Lake
Toni Collette - Japanese Story
Susie Porter - Teesh and Trude

FILM FINANCE CORPORATION AUSTRALIA AFI AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Heath Ledger - Ned Kelly
Timothy Spall - Gettin’ Square
Gotaro Tsunashima - Japanese Story
David Wenham - Gettin’ Square

JAN LOGAN AFI AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Sacha Horler - Travelling Light
Melanie Griffith - The Night We Called It A Day
Miranda Richardson - The Rage in Placid Lake
Helen Thomson - Gettin’ Square

MACQUARIE AFI AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
David Ngoombujarra - Black and White
David Field - Gettin’ Square
Mitchell Butel - Gettin’ Square
Orlando Bloom - Ned Kelly

CONTEMPORARY HOTELS AFI AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Gettin’ Square - Nicholas McCallum 
Japanese Story - Paddy Reardon
Ned Kelly - Steven Jones-Evans
The Night We Called It A Day - Michael Philips

AFI AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Gettin’ Square - Garry Phillips 
Japanese Story - Ian Baker
Ned Kelly - Oliver Stapleton BSC
Travelling Light - Tristan Milani ACS

AFI AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
Alexandra’s Project - Graham Tardif
Gettin’ Square - Chit Chat Von Loopin Stab & 3KShort
Japanese Story - Elizabeth Drake
Travelling Light - Richard Vella

PARKER PEN AFI AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Crackerjack - Mick Molloy & Richard Molloy
Gettin’ Square - Chris Nyst
Japanese Story - Alison Tilson
Travelling Light - Kathryn Millard

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY ADAPTED FROM ANOTHER SOURCE
Blurred - Stephen Davis, Kier Shorey
Ned Kelly - John Michael McDonaugh
The Rage in Placid Lake - Tony McNamara
Teesh and Trude - Vanessa Lomma

COMPLETE POST AFI AWARD FOR BEST EDITING
Alexandra’s Project - Tania Nehme
Gettin’ Square Ken Sallows ASE
Japanese Story - Jill Bilcock
Ned Kelly - Jon Gregory ACE 

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SOUND
Alexandra’s Project - James Currie, Andrew Plain, Nada Mikas & Rory McGregor
Gettin’ Square - John Schiefelbein, Antony Gray, Ian McLoughlin
Japanese Story - Livia Ruzic, Peter Grace, Peter Smith 
Ned Kelly- Gary Wilkins, Colin Miller AMPS, Adrian Rhodes & Chris Burden

CONTEMPORARY HOTELS AFI AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Black and White - Annie Marshall
Gettin’ Square - Jackline Sassine
Ned Kelly - Anna Borghazi
The Night We Called It A Day - Emily Seresin 

AFI AWARD FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM
Bowling for Columbine
Charles Bishop, Jim Czarnecki, Michael Donovan, Kathleen Glynn, Michael Moore

Lord Of The Rings: Two Towers
Peter Jackson, Barnie M. Osborne, Francis Walsh

The Hours
Robert Fox, Scott Rudin

Whale Rider
John Barnett, Frank Hübner & Tim Sanders

Two panels of accredited industry professionals judged 47 short fiction and animation films and 51 documentaries, reducing the field to four nominations in each category. The nominations are:

ATLAB AFI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
Cracker Bag - Glendyn Ivin
Preservation - Sofya Gollan
Roy Höllsdotter Live - Matthew Saville
The Visitor - Dan Castle

FILM AUSTRALIA AFI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
Painting With Light in a Dark World - Renata Schuman
Silent Storm - Peter Butt
The Original Mermaid - Ian Collie
Wildness - Michael McMahon

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT ANIMATION
Cane Toad – What Happened to Baz? - David Clayton & Andrew Silke
Harvie Krumpet - Adam Elliot
Hello - Jonathan Nix
Mother Tongue - Susan Kim

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY

Love Letters from A War - Wain Fimeri
Painting With Light in a Dark World - Sascha Ettinger-Epstein
Silent Storm - Peter Butt
Wildness - Scott Millwood

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN A SHORT FICTION FILM
Cold Turkey - Steven McGregor
Cracker Bag - Glendyn Ivin
Preservation - Sofya Gollan
The Rouseabout - Scott Pickett

AFI AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A NON-FEATURE FILM
Cracker Bag - Greig Fraser
Silent Storm - Calvin Gardiner and Peter Butt
The Navigators – Baudin v Flinders - Klaus Toft
The Projectionist - Anthony Jennings

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SOUND IN A NON-FEATURE FILM
Hello - Jonathan Nix
Silent Storm - Julian Ellingworth
The Navigators – Baudin v Flinders - Doron Kipen, Mark Street and Cameron Davies
The Projectionist - Paul Charlier and Ian McLoughlin

AFI AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN A NON-FEATURE FILM
Cracker Bag - Jack Hutchings
Roy Höllsdotter Live - Geoff Hitchins
The Original Mermaid - Sally Fryer
Painting with Light in a Dark World - Rolland Gallois with Andrew Aristides

AFI AWARD FOR OPEN CRAFT IN A NON-FEATURE FILM
Cold Turkey - John Moore for Acting
Love Letters from a War - Wain Fimeri for Dramatisation
Preservation - Margot Wilson & Elizabeth Mary Moore for Production and Costume Design
The Brotherhood - Terry Carlyon for Excellence in Research and Innovative Story-Telling

Published October 31, 2003

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OTHER AWARDS NOMINATIONS:
FCCA NOMINATIONS 2003
IF NOMINATIONS 2003


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