An A-list of Australian actors and directors will present this year’s ADG Awards in a ceremony that uses technical wizardry to connect nominees, presenters and audiences from across Australia and around the globe.
The ADG Awards will now hosted by regulars of the Tonightly Show with Tom Ballard, Greta Lee Jackson and Bridie Connell. Each award will be presented either live from studio or via video link by actors Toby Wallace (Babyteeth), Zenia Starr (Hotel Mumbai), Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner, Holding the Man), and Bella Heathcote (Bloom), Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, screenwriter John Collee and Oscarâ-winning director and producer Dr George Miller.
Nominees will all appear via live video to hear the winner announcements.
An original song written by Monique DiMattina will appear in the line-up and be sung by Deborah Conway as a pre-recorded performance from ABC Studios.
The virtual ceremony will begin at 6pm on Monday October 19, supported by the ABC and streamed live via the ADG. Tickets are FREE to the public.
To watch the awards go to:
adgawards2020.livestreaming.com.au or via social media @ABCTV and the @AustralianDirectorsGuild facebook page.
The ADG also announced today that Gary Conway has, posthumously, been awarded a Lifetime Achievement In Television Award.
A record 202 entries were received in this year’s ADG Awards, up from 117 in 2019.
The Awards celebrate the outstanding work of Australian screen directors over the past year across 19 categories including film, television, online, music and advertising.
The full list of nominees is below.
Any Australian Directors’ Guild member is able to submit for the ADG Awards. The judging panels are drawn from ADG membership (Full Members).
The ADG Awards recognise excellence in the craft and art of directing, as well as honouring individual contributions by Australian screen directors to the screen industry. The Awards are the only opportunity for Australian directors and their work to be acknowledged by their directing peers. The Awards cover the breadth of screen directing with categories across feature film, documentary, television, subscription video on demand, commercial, short film, animation, online, music video and interactive media.
ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
Greta Lee Jackson writes, directs, and performs comedy content for television and online. Her latest viral video 'Thanks Celebrities' has just clocked over 10 million views.
Greta is best known as a presenter and occasional fill-in host of the satirical news series TONIGHTLY WITH TOM BALLARD on ABC Comedy, as a regular guest presenter for THE FEED on SBS, and as one third of the sketch comedy trio SKIT BOX who have achieved international acclaim and over 140 million views online for several viral videos including ACTIVEWEAR.
Her other television credits include DRUNK HISTORY AUSTRALIA (Ten), WHOVIANS (ABC) WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM (ABC) THE SLOT (Foxtel), 20 TO 1 (Nine) REVIEW WITH MYLES BARLOW (ABC), WALK OF SHAME SHUTTLE (VH1) and has appeared regularly as a true crime expert on SNAPPED: KILLER COUPLES (Oxygen).
And is now hosting FAIL WITH GRETA LEE JACKSON, a podcast produced by Austereo.
Greta is an avid true crime expert, unicorn enthusiast.
Bridie Connell is an award-winning writer and multi-disciplinary performer, having extensive experience and training in acting, comedy, voice artistry and musical theatre.
Bridie is a former NSW and National Theatresports Champion, as well as a 2015 World Theatresports Championship finalist for her home country, New Zealand. She performs regularly at the Giant Dwarf Theatre as part of the ITS Soap Opera and is one half of multi-award-winning improv duo MotherFather with Tom Walker.
An avid writer, Bridie has written and performed several one-act plays, which have toured to great success across Australia and New Zealand. Most recently, Bridie has had two comedy scripts commissioned by Insert Coin, the Screen Australia-funded online sketch show aimed at video gamers.
Other credits include her solo show Natural Habitat, the Australian version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, True Story with Hamish & Andy, feature film Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt), web series Resting Pitch Face, and Tonightly With Tom Ballard that included Bridie’s orginal song Sex Pest which won the ARIA for Best Comedy Release.
“Outrageously talented” – Timeout
“Bridie is amazing. Even her talent’s got talent!" – David Collins, Umbilical Brothers
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The 2020 ADG Awards is proudly supported by ASDACS, Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Media Super, Panavision, Kaleidoscope Digital, Animal Logic, Docklands Studio Melbourne, HLA Management, ABC Television, Photoplay, RGM, Australian Children's Television Foundation, Fremantle, Screenrights, Channel 7, Shanahan Management, Creative Content and The Post Lounge.
2020 ADG AWARDS NOMINATION LIST
In order of project title.
Best Direction of a Feature Film (Budget $1M or over)
Proudly sponsored by ASDACS
Thomas M. Wright - Acute Misfortune
Sophie Hyde - Animals
John Sheedy - H is for Happiness
Ben Lawrence - Hearts and Bones
Natalie Erika James - Relic
Wayne Blair - Top End Wedding
Best Direction of a Feature Film (Budget under $1M)
Proudly sponsored by Panavision
Winner prize $10,000 Camera Package
Josephine Mackerras – Alice
Imogen Thomas – Emu Runner
Lucy Coleman – Hot Mess
Luke Sullivan – Reflections In The Dust
Samuel Van Grinsven - Sequin In A Blue Room
Best Direction of a Documentary Feature
Proudly sponsored by Screenrights
Ian Darling - The Final Quarter
Maya Newell - In My Blood It Runs
Peter Hegedus - Lili
Allan Hardy ACS - Viva The Underdogs
Best Direction of a TV or SVOD Drama Series
Proudly sponsored by ABC
Jeffrey Walker - The Commons – Season 1 Episode 1
Nash Edgerton - Mr. Inbetween - Season 2 Episode 4
Peter Andrikidis – Reckoning – Season 1 Episode 4
Tony Krawitz – Secret City - Season 2 Episode 1
Rachel Perkins - Total Control – Season 1 Episode 4
Kevin Carlin – Wentworth - Season 7Episode 10
Best Direction of a TV or SVOD Mini-Series
Proudly sponsored by Docklands Studios Melbourne
Mat King – Bloom – Episode 5
Sophie Hyde – The Hunting – Episode 4
Jeffrey Walker – Lambs Of God – Episode 1
Emma Freeman – Stateless – Episode 3
Best Direction of a Documentary Series
Proudly sponsored by Media Super
Rosie Jones - The Cult Of The Family - Episode 1
Cian O’Clery - Love On The Spectrum - Episode 1
Genevieve Clay Smith – Perspective Shift - Episode 1
Best Direction of a TV or SVOD Comedy Series
Proudly sponsored by The Post Lounge
Matthew Moore - Diary Of An Uber Driver - Episode 2
Amanda Brotchie – The Letdown - Episode 1
Trent O’Donnell – The Letdown - Season 2 Episode 4
Matthew Saville – Upright - Episode 5
Esben Storm Award for
Best Direction of a Children’s TV or SVOD Drama Program
Proudly sponsored by Australian Children’s Television Foundation
Kacie Anning – Hardball – Episode 6
Isaac Elliott – The Legend of Burnout Barry
Lucy Gaffy – The Unlisted - Episode 10
Rebecca O’Brien – The Unlisted - Episode 13
Best Direction of a TV or SVOD Drama Serial
Proudly sponsored by Fremantle
Renee Webster - The Heights - Episode 15
Darlene Johnson - The Heights - Episode 22
Arnie Custo - Home and Away - Episode 7117
Danny Raco - Home and Away - Episode 7225
David Gould - Home and Away - Episode 7271
Tony Gardiner - Neighbours - Episode 8325
Kate Kendall – Neighbours – Episode 8052
Best Direction of an Animated Project
Proudly sponsored by Animal Logic
Jo Boag – Alice-Miranda Friends Forever
Holly Hargreaves - Bonnie The Elephant
Best Direction of Commercial Content
Nicholas Carlton – A Future For All Of Us (Australian Greens)
Lucy Coleman – Koala Presents: Mattress (Ex)orcism (Koala Mattress)
Craig Melville – Unexpected Journeys
Allan Hardy ACS- Volvo Penta Makes Australian Farming Possible (Allabah Pastural Co.)
Best Direction of Commercial Advertisement
Ven Gia –Corowa Distilling Co. - Made Here. By Us.
Luke Shanahan – NZ Post - Little Fibs
Tim Bullock - Meat and Livestock Australia -New–Australia Land
Best Direction of an Online Drama Series
Husein Alicajic - One Sided - The Acquired Inability To Escape – Episode 1
Best Direction of an Online Comedy Series
Proudly sponsored by Kaleidoscope Digital
Winner Prize $1000 Screen DIrector’s Identity Package
(Social Media and Website Services)
Max Miller- Aunty Donna: Glennridge Secondary College
Michael O’Neill & Dylan Hesp - Australia's Best Street Racer
Miley Tunnecliffe- Molly and Cara
Eliza Reilly & Hannah Reilly - Sheilas
Best Direction of a Documentary Short Subject
Karen Pearlman – I Want To Write A Film About Women
Stefan Bugryn - War Mothers: Unbreakable
Logan Mucha - We’re All In This together
Rob Innes - Youth On Strike!
Best Direction of a Music Video
Lucy Knox – I’m Not Afraid (Artist: G Flip)
Lucy Knox – If I Could Give You (Artist: Clare Bowditch)
Matthew Thorne – The Only Boy Racer Left On The Island (Artist: The Howl & The Hum)
Nick Waterman – Ready (Artist: Montaigne)
Riley Blakeway – Whenever You Are (Artist: Kodaline)
Best Direction of an Interactive or Immersive Title
Matthew Sleeth – A Drone Opera
Best Direction of a Short Film
Proudly sponsored by Panavision
Winner prize $5,000 Camera Package
Simon Croker - All Good Things
Melissa Anastasi – Chlorine
Sam Lara – Featherweight
Michael Shanks – Rebooted
Lydia Rui - This Perfect Day
Lewis Attey – Three Stories Inside a Rental Van
Best Direction of a Student Film
Dylan Ferenc Nyerges- Arthur, Blessed
Alies Sluiter – Ayaan
Alex Wu- Idol
Peter Skinner- Lost Boy
Eva Justine Torkkola- ЩОСЬ В ЛIСI ЗДОХЛО (Something Has Died In The Forest)
Naomi Fryer- This River