An ABC film opera, The Eternity Man, has won an international Rose d’Or Award for Best Performing Arts program.
The Rose D’Or is amongst the most prestigious television awards in the world -the Rose D’Or Festival began in Switzerland in 1961.
The Eternity Man, which aired in January, was the sole finalist from Australia and defeated 5 other entries including from the BBC and Bravo TV.
Produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia and Illuminations Media (UK), the opera brought to screen the life of Arthur Stace, who chalked the word “Eternity” on the streets of Sydney nearly 500,000 times, until he died in 1967.
Written by the late poet Dorothy Porter and composer Jonathan Mills it featured baritone Grant Smith and Machine Gun Fellatio’s Christa Hughes and was imaginatively directed by UK director Julien Temple (The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginners). It was lavishly staged using several Sydney locations including Luna Park, King’s Cross, Museum Station, The Rocks and The Gap.
Producer Rosemary Blight said: “The Eternity Man is a film I feel privileged to produce. It was thrilling to bring together an inspiring collaborative team, including our director Julien Temple, the late celebrated poet Dorothy Porter and internationally-regarded Australian contemporary composer Jonathan Mills, to produce a something genuinely unique, sumptuous and exciting.”
ABC TV Head of Arts, Entertainment and Comedy, Amanda Duthie says “It’s thrilling that this unique collaboration received such a prestigious TV arts prize.”
In 2006, Australian Chris Lilley won a Rose d’Or for Best Male Comedy Performance. Previous nominees have included The Chaser’s War on Everything, The Librarians and actress Jackie Woodburne from Neighbours.
Full winners are:
ARTS DOCUMENTARY: The Curse of Mona Lisa, Channel 4
COMEDY: Rick Mercer Report, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
DRAMA: Windfall & Misfortunes, Distraction Formats
ENTERTAINMENT: The Anthill, 7 y acciόn
GAME SHOW: Relentless, ITV Global Entertainment
PERFORMING ARTS: The Eternity Man,Australian Broadcasting Corporation
(Special mention: La Traviata At Zurich Main Station, SF Schweizer Fernsehen)
MULTI PLATFORM: MI High, Whack The Mole, The MI High Alternate Reality Game, BBC
PITCH PILOT: The Telephone, Productions Pixcom Inc
REALITY: I Survived A Japanese Gameshow, Small World IFT
SITCOM: My Family, DLT Entertainment
BEST OF 2009: I Survived A Japanese Gameshow, Small World IFT
The Eternity Man remains the only title to receive a 5 star review on TV Tonight.