AACTA Awards 2013

For the AACTA Best Film award, the first six below were nominated — out of the fourteen films in competition, .
The main awards ceremony broadcast by Channel 10 at 2030 on Thursday 30 January 2014.
The Great Gatsby won the Best Film award, and many others, tho its content has nothing to do with Australia. At the awards luncheon 28 Jan, The Great Gatsby won Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Editing, Best Sound, and Best Original Music Score. The film that should have won: Mystery Road.

Nominees for Best Film

Dead Europe (Tony Krawitz, 2012) prod. Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Liz Watts; Ewen Leslie, Marton Csokas, Kodi Smit-McPhee; drama

Great Gatsby, The (Baz Luhrmann, 2013) wr. F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel), Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce; US/Aust copro; Leonardo di Caprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Clarke, Jack Thompson

Mystery Road (Ivan Sen, 2013) aka Moree Girls (working title) wr. dp ed. Ivan Sen, prod. David Jowsey; Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Tony Barry, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling, Siobhan Binge, David Field, Robert Mammone, Trisha Whitton; shot in Winton, Qld; Australian release 17 October 2013

The Rocket (Kim Mordaunt, 2013) prod. Sylvia Wilczynski; Berlinale; Lao language; shot in Thailand; Aust entry for consideration for nomination for Best Foreign Language Film award at 2014 Oscars

Satellite Boy (Catriona McKenzie, 2012) wr. Catriona McKenzie, prod. David Jowsey, dp Geoffrey Simpson; Cameron Wallaby, David Gulpilil, Joseph Pedley; Pete, a 10 year old boy lives in the Kimberley with his grandfather in an old abandoned outdoor cinema; when his grandfather's home is threatened with demolition, Pete sets off for the city with his best friend to try and save his home; WA; Australian general release 20 June 2013

Turning, The (Robert Connolly and others, 2013) shorts; collection of short films based on stories by Tim Winton, filmed Perth WA; premiere MIFF 3 August 2013

Other films in competition for Best Film

100 Bloody Acres (Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes, 2012) Damon Herriman, Angus Sampson, Anna McGahan, Oliver Ackland, Jamie Kristian, John Jarratt; comedy horror

Adoration (Anne Fontaine, 2013) aka Adore in the US, wr. Christopher Hampton, novella Doris Lessing, The Grandmothers; Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe; family melodrama; Australian release Nov 2013

Blinder (Richard Gray, 2013) wr. Michele David-Gray, Scott Didier, Richard Gray, dp Greg de Marigny; Anna Hutchison, Rose McIver, Jack Thompson; AFL

Drift (Ben Nott, Morgan O'Neill, 2012) Sam Worthington, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel; drama, surfing; Australian premiere Caves House Yalingup WA 21 March 2013; shot WA

Goddess (Mark Lamprell, 2013) Laura Michelle Kelly, Ronan Keating; musical comedy; for release 14 March 2013

Patrick (Mark Hartley, 2013) wr. Justin King; Charles Dance, Sharni Vinson, Rachel Griffiths; horror; remake of the Hitchcock-influenced Richard Franklin film of 1978

Nim's Island 2 (Brendan Maher, 2013) aka Return to Nim's Island; adventure fantasy

Save Your Legs! (Boyd Hicklin, 2012) Brenton Thwaites, David Lyons, Brendan Cowell; comedy

Nominees for best fiction short are The Last Time I Saw Richard ( John Molloy, Nicholas Verso), Perception (Lyn Norfor, Miranda Nation), Record (David Lyons, Dave Szamet) and Tau Seru/Small Yellow Field (Rodd Rathjen).

Nominees for best animated short are A Cautionary Tail (Pauline Piper, Simon Rippingale), Butterflies (Warwick Burton, Isabel Peppard), The Dukes of Broxstonia-Mojo (Stu Connolly) and Woody (Stuart Bowen, Jodi Matterson).

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