SIMON BAKER, JENNIFER PEEDOM, GREG MCLEAN AND KRIV STENDERS AMONGST THE NOMINEES FOR THE 2018 ADG AWARDS
The Australian Directors’ Guild (ADG) Awards are fast approaching and today the ADG has revealed the nominations for 2018. Simon Baker has received a nomination for his directorial feature debut Breath and he is joined in the BEST DIRECTION OF A FEATURE FILM category by Greg McLean for Jungle, Tori Garrett for Don’t Tell, Jeffrey Walker for Ali’s Wedding and Jason Raftopoulos for West of Sunshine.
Jennifer Peedom was the winner of the 2016 award for BEST DIRECTION OF A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM and she is nominated again in the same category in 2018 for her film Mountain. She is joined by Larissa Behrendt for After the Apology, Sascha Ettinger Epstein for The Pink House and Kriv Stenders for The Go-Betweens: Right Here.
Kriv Stenders has also been recognised for his work on Wake In Fright, with a nomination for BEST DIRECTION OF A TV OR SVOD MINI SERIES. Also included in this category are Daina Reid for Sunshine, Glendyn Ivin for Seven Types of Ambiguity, Matthew Saville for Friday on My Mind and Michael Jenkins for Blue Murder: Killer Cop.
Fiona Banks has nominations in two categories. The first is for the ESBEN STORM AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION OF A CHILDREN'S TV OR SVOD DRAMA for her work on Mustangs FC (Series 1, Episode 13) and the second is for BEST DIRECTION OF A TV OR SVOD DRAMA SERIES for Wentworth (Series 5, Episode 5). In the Esben Storm category she is joined by four other female directors: Beth Armstrong for Drop Dead Weird (Series 1, Episode 15), Corrie Chen for Mustangs FC (Series 1, Episode 6), Julie Kalceff for First Day (Series 1) and Tori Garrett receives her second 2018 ADG nomination for Mustangs FC (Series 1, Episode 1). The other nominees in BEST DIRECTION OF A TV OR SVOD DRAMA SERIES are Geoff Bennett for Wolf Creek (Series 2, Episode 5), Peter Andrikidis for Pulse (Series 1, Episode 7) and Shannon Murphy for Sisters (Series 1, Episode 5).
In the TV documentary categories, Alex Barry (The Surgery Ship), Dan Goldberg (The Archibald), Ivan O’Mahoney (The Queen & Zak Grieve), Max Bourke (Man Up (Series 1, Episode 2)) and Sally Aitken (David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema) have all received nominations for BEST DIRECTION OF A DOCUMENTARY SERIES. In the BEST DIRECTION OF A DOCUMENTARY STANDALONE PROJECT category, Jack Yabsley has been nominated for Kings of Baxter, alongside Jeff Daniels for Fair Game, Jolyon Hoff for The Staging Post and Sari Braithwaite for Paper Trails.
The category of BEST DIRECTION OF A TV OR SVOD COMEDY PROGRAM sees Ben Chessell receive a nomination for The Family Law (Series 2, Episode 2) alongside Jonathan Brough for Rosehaven (Series 2, Episode 4), Sian Davies for True Story with Hamish & Andy (Episode “Phil”) and Trent O’Donnell for The Letdown (Series 1, Episode 5).
The full list of nominations can be found below.
The annual ADG Awards will take place on Friday 4 May at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. To be eligible for the Awards, all work must have screened publicly for the first time between 1 July 2016 and 31 December 2017, except for student films where the project needs only to have been completed within these dates. The ADG Awards are the only opportunity for Australian directors and their work to be acknowledged by their directing peers. The Awards recognise excellence in the craft and art of directing, as well as acknowledging individual contributions by Australian Screen Directors to film, television, documentary, animation and interactive media.