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WA films win national awards

16 Jan 2012
Red Dog

Western Australia’s film and television industry has received a major boost with three local productions taking out major awards at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards (AACTA).

Capping off a big 2011 for WA film, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said Red Dog, produced by Nelson Woss and Julie Ryan, received the Australian Film Institute’s Member’s Choice Award for a Feature Film. 

“The State Government is proud to support such high-quality productions and such exceptional local talent through ScreenWest,” he said.

“In recent years, Western Australian feature films have received widespread recognition both nationally and internationally, and now our documentary makers are also receiving the acclaim they deserve.

“The Liberal-National Government has always recognised the talent in Western Australia and will continue to support and nurture it as our screen industry grows.”

Other winners included Best Documentary Under One Hour which went to Jandamarra’s War, produced by Andrew Ogilvie, Andrea Quesnelle and Eileen Torres.

SAS - The Search for Warriors, produced by Julia Redwood and Ed Punchard, was awarded Best Documentary Series.

Production designer Herbert Pinter was recognised for his creative work on Cloudstreet, receiving the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television Screen Craft.

Following its successful Australian box office run, Red Dog will have a wide UK theatrical release on February 24, 2012 with the USA and other countries to follow.

Fact File

  • WA productions nominated for awards included feature films Red Dog and Mad Bastards; TV mini-series Cloudstreet and short film Good Pretender
  • Round two of the AACTA Awards takes place on January 31, 2012