AFI Awards 2005

47th AFI Awards: Feature Films


L'Oreal Paris AFI Awards 26 November 2005 (craft awards the day before). The Awards were staged over two spectacular nights at Waterfront City and Melbourne's Central City Studio's at Melbourne Docklands.

This page gives details of ALL of the films that were in the running. The leading contenders are grouped at the top, with the actual winners at the head of the pack.

Look Both Ways (Sarah Watt, 2005) Justine Clarke, William McInnes BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTION, BEST SCREENPLAY, Anthony Hayes BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

The Proposition (John Hillcoat, 2005) Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hayes BEST MUSIC SCORE, BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Little Fish (Rowan Woods, 2005) Hugo Weaving BEST LEAD ACTOR, Cate Blanchett BEST LEAD ACTRESS, Noni Hazelhurst BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, Anthony Hayes BEST EDITING

Three Dollars (Robert Connolly, 2004) David Wenham, Frances O'Connor BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Wolf Creek (Greg McLean, 2005) John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath

Oyster Farmer (Anna Reeves, 2004) Alex O'Lachlan, Kerry Armstrong

Lost Things (Martin Murphy, 2004)

The Magician (Scott Ryan, 2005)

Human Touch (Paul Cox, 2004)

Dreams for Life (Anna Kannava, 2005) prod. Aanya Whitehead, wr. Anna Kannava; Dai Paterson, Maria Mercedes, Don Halbert; Martin falls in love with Ellen who used to look after him as a baby

Extra, The (Kevin Carlin, 2005) released 21 April 2005; Jimeoin Mckeown, Katherine Slattery, Rhys Muldoon, Shaun Micallef, Helen Dallimore, Bob Franklin, Colin Lane, Raj Ryan; 100 min.; FFC budget $1,461,538, box office $746,568

Hating Alison Ashley (Geoff Bennett, 2005) prod. Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman, John Brousek, wr. Christine Madafferi, novel by Robyn Klein, 1984, dp Steve Newman; Delta Goodrem, Saskia Burmeister, Craig McLachlan, Richard Carter, Alexander Cappelli, Jean Kittson, Tracy Mann, Abby Gudgeon (Jedda); teenpic teen comedy; shooting at Docklands 2004; released 17 March 2005; FFC budget $3,648,687, box office $2,078,777; 103 min.

Human Touch (Paul Cox, 2004) prod. Mark Patterson, wr. Paul Cox, dp Ian Jones; Aaron Blabey, Jacqueline McKenzie, Chris Haywood, Rebcca Frith; beautiful young woman in an unhappy marriage decides to model nude for an aging, blind, impotent artist (Chris Haywood); with his encouragement, she embarks on an affair with his young wife, while Haywood "watches" them with his hands - so that he can then translate their experiences into art; premiere Melbourne Film Festival July 2004; Toronto FF September 2004; FFC budget $2,118,882, box office $24,924; Aust release 14 April 2005; 101 min.

Illustrated Family Doctor, The (Kriv Stenders, 2004) prod. Catherine Kerr, wr. Kriv Stenders, David Snell, novel David Snell; Samuel Johnson (Gary Kelp), Jessica Napier, Kestie Morassi, Colin Friels, Brian Meegan, Paul Sonkkila, Sacha Horler (Gary's sister); dark comedy about illness; Gary's job is condensing books; Valhalla, Glebe 23 Feb 2005, opens nationally 3 March 2005; FFC budget $2,425,002, box office $42,885; 101 min.

Little Fish (Rowan Woods, 2005) prod. Vincent Sheehan, Liz Watts, Porchlight Films, wr. Jacquelin Perske, dp Danny Ruhlmann; Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Martin Henderson, Dustin Nguyen, Joel Tobeck, Noni Hazlehurst, Lisa McCune, Susie Porter; set in Little Saigon outside Sydney; woman tries to escape her past as a heroin addict and set up a business in Sydney's west; to open Melbourne FF 20 July 2005; 114 min.

Look Both Ways (Sarah Watt, 2005) prod. Bridget Ikin, Hibiscus Films, wr. Sarah Watt, dp Ray Argall; Justine Clarke (Meryl), William McInnes (Nick) (McInnes is married to Watt), Anthony Hayes, Andrew S. Gilbert, Andreas Sobik, Lisa Flanagan, Daniela Farinacci, Sacha Horler?; premiere SAFF Feb 2005; mix of animation and live action, set over hot weekend, when six people dealing with unexpected events find their lives intersecting; www.lookbothways.com.au; 100 min.

Lost Things (Martin Murphy, 2004) wr. Stephen Sewell; Leon Ford, Charlie Garber, Lenka Kripac, Alex Vaughan, Steve Le Marquand; four teenagers stranded on spooky beach; horror; David Stratton review; 84 min.

Magician, The (Scott Ryan, 2005) wr. Scott Ryan, prod. Michele Bennett, Nash Edgerton; Scott Ryan, Massimiliano Andrighetto; other cast and crew from RMIT; Melbourne hit man engages in philosophical discussions with this victims; 85 min.; general Australian release 29 September 2005; shot for $3000; completion finance $500,000

Man's Gotta Do, A (Chris Kennedy, 2004) prod. John Winter, Chris Kennedy; John Howard, Alyssa McClelland, Glyton Grantley, Rebecca Frith; quirky comedy; story of local tradesman; Howard plays a bombastic fisherman and part-time stand-over man with family problems

Oyster Farmer (Anna Reeves, 2004) prod. Anthony Buckley, Piers Tempest, wr. Anna Reeves, dp Alun Bollinger; Alex O'Lachlan, Kerry Armstrong, David Field, Diana Glenn, Jack Thompson, David Kelly, Jim Norton, Claudia Harrison, Alan Cinis; romantic comedy set in Australian-style frontier country (shot on NSW Central Coast, around Brooklyn) with eighth-generation oyster farmers: Vietnam Vets with shotguns; Toronto FF September 2004; Aust release 30 June 2005; 90 min.

Peaches (Craig Monahan, 2003) wr. Sue Smith, dp Ernie Clark; Emma Lung (Steph), Hugo Weaving (Alan), Jacqueline McKenzie, Matthew Le Nevez, Tyson Contor; budget AUD $5.5mill; set in peach cannery, two time frames, 1980s and present, three intertwined love stories + econ rationalism, declining power of unionism; centres on Steph (Emma Lung) and her discoveries about late mother from diary; Alan is former union rep, now foreman; world premiere Montreal FF, 28 August 2004; 108 min.; FFC budget $3.060,062, box office $280,462

Proposition, The (John Hillcoat, 2005) wr. Nick Cave, music Nick Cave; shooting Winton Qld October 2004; Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Emily Watson, John Hurt, David Wenham, Tom Budge, Leah Purcell, Tom E. Lewis; epic period Western; Australian-British co-production, three brothers charged with brutal crime 1880s; 104 min.

Three Dollars (Robert Connolly, 2004) prod. John Maynard, Robert Connolly, Elliot Perlman, novel Elliot Perlman; David Wenham, Frances O'Connor, Sarah Wynter, Joanna Hunt-Prokhovnik; man finds himself at age 38 with wife, child and three dollars; shot Easter 2003; FFC budget $3,600,000 box office $1,239,114; 120 min.

Widower, The (Kevin Lucas, 2004) prod. Aanya Whitehead, wr. Lyndon Terracini, based on poems by Les Murray; poems spoken/sung Lyndon Terracini, music Elena Kats-Chernin; Chris Haywood, Frances Rings, Matt Dyall, Ban Harkin, Tony Barry, Blake Pittman; premiere Melbourne Film Festival June 2004; general release July 2005; 60 min.

Wolf Creek (Greg McLean, 2005) prod. David Lightfoot, wr. Greg McLean, dp Will Gibson; horror, loosely based on Ivan Milat and Peter Falconio stories; John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath, Nathan Phillips, Kestie Morassi, Andy McPhee; a group of backpackers unwisely accept help from a seemingly friendly local in the Australian outback; John Jarratt is a seemingly harmless man who meets three backpackers in remote Western Australia; shot in Adelaide and Flinders Ranges; world premiere Sundance Jan 2005; Cannes 2005; 98 min.

You and Your Stupid Mate (Marc Gracie, 2005) wr. Mark O'Toole, Dave O'Neil; released 5 May 2005; Nathan Phillips, Angus Sampson, William McInnes, Tayler Kane, Samir Malik, Rachel Hunter, Madeline West; FFC funding $1,038,462, box-office $685,881; 85 min.


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