The Australian Directors’ Guild has announced the nominees for the 2019 Australian Directors’ Guild Awards (ADG Awards) and Warwick Thornton, Garth Davis, Joel Edgerton and Anthony Maras have been nominated in the category of Best Direction in a Feature Film (Budget $1M or over) for their respective films Sweet Country, Mary Magdalene, Boy Erased and Hotel Mumbai. The winners of the 2019 ADG Awards will be announced at a Gala Ceremony on Monday 6 May at the City Recital Hall in Sydney.
2019 marks the first time that the Best Feature Film category has been divided into two sections – one for films with budgets of $1 million and over and the second for Best Direction in a Feature Film with a budget under $1 million. In this new category Christopher Kay (Just Between Us), Donna McRae (Lost Gully Road), Dustin Feneley (Stray) and Jason Perini (Chasing Comets) have all been nominated.
Some of Australia’s most respected directors have been recognised in the television/SVOD categories, with Rachel Perkins (Mystery Road, Series 1), Nash Edgerton (Mr Inbetween, Series 1), Tony Krawitz (Harrow, Series 1, Episode 5: Non Sum Qualis Erum) and Emma Freeman (Sisters, Pilot Episode) all receiving nominations in the Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Drama Series episode category. Jeffrey Walker (Riot), Daina Reid (Romper Stomper, Episode 6: Anabasis) and Shannon Murphy (On The Ropes) have been nominated for Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Mini Series and Telefeature.
In the documentary categories, Ben Lawrence (Ghost Hunter), Catherine Scott (Backtrack Boys), Mark Joffe (Working Class Boy), Matthew Sleeth (Guilty), Paul Damien Williams (Gurrumul) and Richard Todd (Dying to Live) have all been nominated for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature. Cian O’Clery (Employable Me, Series 1, Episode 1), Sally Aitken & Kriv Stenders (The Pacific: In The Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill, Episode 2) and Steve Peddie (Who Do You Think You Are?, Season 9 Episode 2 - Charlie Teo) have been recongised for their achievements in the Best Direction in a Documentary Series category.
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There is only one nomination in this category.