Directors announce Achievement Awards recipients

The Australian Directors Guild today announced three recipients of its Achievement Awards to be presented next week.

Tony Tilse receives the Michael Carson Award for excellence in TV drama production. Tilse has been directing Australian television drama since 1992, when he worked on G.P.. He has worked as a director on all three Underbelly series. He has also directed City Homicide, East of Everything, Lockie Leonard, All Saints, Blue Water High, CrashBurn, Farscape, Police Rescue, Scorched, To Catch a Killer and Postcard Bandit, as well as the mini-series A Difficult Woman. His most recent project is Panic at Rock Island.

First Assistant Directors Award is awarded to Chris Webb, who has worked on features Red Dog, and Oranges and Sunshine. He has also worked on more than a dozen television dramas during this time, including My Place, Farscape, Kings in Grass Castles and The Shiralee.

Documentary maker Bob Connolly is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, presented to a director who has created an outstanding body or work during their career.

Connolly’s documentaries included Oscar-nominated First Contact, Joe Leahy’s Neighbours and Black Harvest. He also directed Rats in the Ranks in 1996, Facing the Music, which won the AFI award for Best Documentary and has just completed his sixth feature documentary, Mrs Carey’s Concert.

The ADG awards will be presented at the Star City in Sydney on Thursday September 23.

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