AACTA Awards 2014

There were twenty-five films in competition in 2014, up from fourteen last year, eligible for the 4th annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards in January 2015.
Films deemed eligible to compete either qualified automatically by having a five capital city cinema release or through jury pre-selection (two-to-four capital city release or alternative distribution pathway).
Features must be released between 7 November 2013 and 31 December 2014. AFI members have the opportunity to vote for best short animation and best short fiction film while AACTA members can vote across all award categories
The feature film, TV and feature documentary nominees have been announced. Supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW, the awards will be presented in Sydney in late January.

Films in competition for the Best Film award

52 Tuesdays (Sophie Hyde, 2013) wr. Matthew Cormack, Sophie Hyde; Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Bert, Imogen Archer; family drama: gender reassignment; Adelaide FF, October 2013; art; Aust release 1 May 2014

Around the Block (Sarah Spillane, 2013) wr. Sarah Spillane, dist. Arclight, prod. Su Armstrong, Brian Rosen, dp Martin McGrath; Christina Ricci, Hunter Page-Lochard, Jack Thompson, Damian Walshe-Howling; drama; American drama teacher (Ricci) develops a friendship with a sixteen-year-old Australian-Aboriginal boy (Page-Lochard) during the 2004 Redfern riots; Toronto IFF Sept 2013

Babadook, The (Jennifer Kent, 2014) wr. Jennifer Kent, prod. Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere, dp Radek Ladczuk, ed. Simon Njoo, prod. design Alex Holmes; Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall, Barbara West, Ben Winspear; psychological thriller; Aust release 22 May

Backyard Ashes (Mark Grentell, 2013) wr. Peter Cox, Mark Grentell, prod. Anne Robinson, dp Damian E. Wyvill; Andrew S. Gilbert, Felix Williamson, Rebecca Massey, John Wood, Damian Callinan; Aust release 7 Nov

Canopy (Aaron Wilson, 2013) Khan Chittenden, Robert Menzies, Edwina Wren, Tzu-yi Mo; Singapore, WW2; Toronto IFF 8 Sept 2013; Aust release 24 April 2014

Charlie's Country (Rolf de Heer, 2013) wr. Rolf de Heer, prod. Nils Erik Nielsen, dp Ian Jones; David Gulpilil, Luke Ford, Ritchie Singer, Peter Djigirr; 'tragi-comic portrait of one man's struggle to define himself as an Aboriginal in modern Australia'; premiere Adelaide FF 12 October; 107 min.

Fell (Kasimir Burgess, pre-production 2013) Matt Nable, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Henshall, Adele Perovic, Eddie Baroo, Shane Leckenby, Damian Hill; Victoria; drama

Felony (Matthew Saville, 2013) wr Joel Edgerton, prod. Rosemary Blight; Joel Edgerton, Melissa George, Jai Courtney; thriller

Galore (Rhys Graham, 2013) wr. Rhys Graham, prod. Philippa Campey, dp Stefan Duscio; Lily Sullivan, Ashleigh Cummings, Toby Wallace, Oscar Redding, Maya Stange, Daniel Webber, Natasha Novak; teen drama; Aust release 19 June 2014

Healing (Craig Monahan, 2014) wr. Alison Nisselle, Craig Monahan, prod. Tait Brady, Pointblank Pictures; Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Xavier Samuel, Anthony Hayes; warden tries to rehabilitate an Iranian-born prisoner, inspired by a real-life alliance between the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary and Prisons Victoria; opening Australia 8 May 2014, distr. Pinnacle Films

I, Frankenstein (Stuart Beattie, 2014) wr. Kevin Grevioux (comic), Kevin Grevioux, Stuart Beattie; Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto; Australian release 20 March 2014

Infinite Man, The (Hugh Sullivan, 2014) Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades; comedy

Little Death, The (Josh Lawson, 2014) wr. Josh Lawson; production company Ticket To Ride, Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni; Lisa McCune, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Kim Gyngell, Kate Box, Alan Dukes, Patrick Brammall, TJ Power, Tasneem Roc Josh Lawson, Ben Lawson, Lachy Hulme, Erin James; comedy

My Mistress (Stephen Lance, 2014) wr. Gerard Lee, prod. Leanne Tonkes, exec. prod. Robyn Kershaw; Emmanuelle Béart, Harrison Gilbertson, Rachael Blake; teenager suffering from grief after his father's suicide who seeks help from a local French S&M mistress

Mule, The (Tony Mahony, Angus Sampson, 2014) wr. Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Jaime Browne; Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, John Noble; mule swallows drugs

Predestination (Michael & Peter Spierig, 2014) wr. Michael & Peter Spierig, story Robert A. Heinlein, prod. Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan, Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig, dp Ben Nott, ed. Matt Villa, music Peter Spierig, costume design Wendy Cork; Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor; 'a temporal agent who has to recruit his younger self to pursue the one criminal who has for a lifetime eluded him'; MIFF 31 July; received nine AACTA award nominations; Australian general release 28 August

Railway Man, The (Jonathan Teplitzky, 2013) wr. Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Paterson from autobio by Eric Lomax; Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard; drama, war; Aust release 26 Dec

Rover, The (David Michôd, 2014) wr. Joel Edgerton, David Michôd, dp Natasha Braier; Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce, Scoot McNairy, David Field, Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones, Susan Prior, Richard Green; apocalyptic revenge, road; Aust release 12 June

Son of a Gun (Julius Avery, 2014) prod. Timothy White, Janelle Landers, exec. prod. Aaron L. Gilbert, John Collee, Bryce Menzies, Aidan O'Bryan; Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander, Brenton Thwaites; crime thriller about a gold heist that goes wrong; shot early 2013, WA

These Final Hours (Zak Hilditch, 2013) wr. Zak Hilditch, prod. Liz Kearney, dp Bonnie Elliot; Jessica De Gouw, Nathan Phillips, Sarah Snook, Daniel Henshall, Lynette Curran; apocalyptic thriller; WA; premiere MIFF 2 August 2013

Tracks (John Curran, 2013) prod. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, wr. Marion Nelson, John Curran, dp Mandy Walker; Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth; Robyn Davidson's story; premiere Adelaide FF October 2013; Aust release 6 March

Turkey Shoot (Jon Hewitt, 2014) wr. Jon Hewitt, Belinda McClory, prod. Antony I. Ginnane, exec. prod. Robert Trenchard-Smith; Dominic Purcell, Viva Bianca, Robert Taylor; remake of Turkey Shoot (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1982) aka Escape 2000, Blood Camp Thatcher; premiere MIFF

Water Diviner, The (Russell Crowe, 2014) wr. Andrew Anastasios, Andrew Knight, prod. Andrew Mason, Troy Lum, Keith Rodger, Hopscotch Features, dp Andrew Lesnie, design Chris Kennedy, casting Nikki Barrett, costume Tess Schofield; Olga Kurylenko, Russell Crowe, Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie, Robert Mammone, Michael Dorman, Steve Bastoni; man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons; Aust general release Boxing Day

William Kelly's War (Geoff Davis, 2014) wr. Geoff Davis, dp Damien Beebe; Maureen Alford, Peter Berzanskis, Tony Bonner; WW1 war

Wolf Creek 2 (Greg McLean, 2013) wr. Greg McLean, Aaron Sterns, prod. Helen Leake, Steve Topic; John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Philippe Klaus, Gerard Kennedy, Annie Byron; another three backpackers becomes prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-shooter, Mick Taylor; Australian release 20 February 2014; horror

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