A record 6 Australian films chosen to screen at Sundance
January 24, 2019: The record number of Australian films chosen "display the array of stories Australians now tell, and the demand for our screen content internationally,” said Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason. The films include indigenous romcom TOP END WEDDING (shown left). More
SWEET COUNTRY wins 6 AACTA Awards including Best Film, Direction and Actor
December 5, 2018: Warwick Thornton's SWEET COUNTRY, which had its New York premiere at Australian International Screen Forum in 2018, has won six AACTA Awards: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor (Hamilton Morris) and Best Editing.
Simon Baker wins AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor in BREATH
December 5, 2018: Simon Baker has won the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in BREATH, the film he directed and co-produced and which had its New York premiere at Australian International Screen Forum in March 2018.
Nicole Kidman wins AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress in BOY ERASED
December 5, 2018: Nicole Kidman has won the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in BOY ERASED, which Australian International Screen Forum previewed in New York in October 2018.
Richard Linklater hosts AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM TODAY in Austin
November 28, 2018: Filmmaker and Austin Film Society Founder Richard Linklater hosted AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM TODAY, our short film wing, in Austin, Texas on November 28, 2018. After the screening he discussed the films with the audience and with Australian International Screen Forum Chairman Chris Beale
Jane Campion Receives an Award in St Tropez
October 8, 2018: At the 20th Anniversary of Cinema des Antipodes in Saint-Tropez, Australian International Screen Forum Chairman Chris Beale presented Jane Campion with the Top of the Tasman Award. “We cannot think of any person who better represents the best of both Australian and New Zealand filmmaking than you, Jane," he said. "With your cutting-edge TOP OF THE LAKE television series you remain extremely relevant to the advancement of the Australian and New Zealand screen arts. You are at the top of your game.” The festival showed her student short, AN EXERCISE IN DISCIPLINE: PEEL, which won the Palme d'Or for best short film in 1986, and her first feature film, SWEETIE, which was selected for Cannes in 1989. Afterwards Jane participated in a conversation about SWEETIE with celebrated film biographer Michel Climent.
STARSTRUCK Being Adapted for the Stage
September 3, 2018: Gillian Armstrong's 1982 film, STARSTRUCK, featured at Australian International Screen Forum in March 2018, is being adapted for the stage by Gary McQuinn, the producer behind the stage version of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT.
BREATH now on VOD
September 2018: Simon Baker's BREATH, which opened the Australian International Screen Forum in March 2018, is now available on Google Play, iTunes and Amazon Prime Video.
THE TALE premieres on HBO
May 26, 2018: THE TALE, written and directed by Jennifer Fox, premiered on HBO on May 26, 2018. It follows a woman who reexamines her childhood memories of her first sexual experience and whether they amounted to abuse, and is based on Jennifer's true story. It stars Laura Dern, Isabelle Nélisse, Australia's own Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Frances Conroy, John Heard, Common, and Ellen Burstyn. Jennifer spoke about the making of THE TALE at Jennifer Fox: In Conversation at the Australian International Screen Forum in March 2018.