SBS, ABC win at Director’s Awards

SBS and ABC were big winners at the Australian Directors Guild Awards last night at Star City, picking up awards for Liberal Rule, The Circuit, Wilfred, RocKwiz, Dance Academy, Dirtgirlworld and Love, Lust and Lies.

Tangle won Best Direction in a Television Drama Series.

New categories introduced this year included documentary features, children’s TV and TV reality/light entertainment.

TV Categories:

Best Direction in a Documentary Series
Nick Torrens. Liberal Rule: The Politics That Changed Australia

Best Direction in a Documentary Feature
Gillian Armstrong. Love, Lust and Lies

Best Direction in an Animation Program
Jean Camden. Dirtgirlworld: Treasure

Best Direction in a Television Drama Mini-Series
Steve Jodrell. The Circuit Series 2, episode 1: Sorry Business

Best Direction in a TV Drama Serial
Jovita O’Shaughnessy. Neighbours episode 5861

Best Direction in a TV Comedy Series
Tony Rogers. Wilfred II Episode 7: Dogstar

Best Direction in a Television Reality / Light Entertainment Program
Paul Drane. Rockwiz: Episode 101

Best Direction in a Television Children’s Program
Jeffrey Walker. Dance Academy: Behind Barres

Best Direction in a Television Drama Series
Stuart McDonald. Tangle series 1 Episode 9

GRASS (Green awareness encouragement award)
Cate McQuillen. Dirtgirlworld
Highly commended: Cathy Henkel. The Burning Season

In addition to the peer-judged award categories, three achievement awards were presented:

* Documentary maker Bob Connolly was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for a body of work in any genre (presented by Paul Byrnes).

* Tony Tilse was presented with the Michael Carson Award for excellence in TV drama production (presented by Mark Wareham ACS).

* Chris Webb was presented with the First Assistant Directors Award (presented by Kriv Stenders).

NSW Minister for the Arts, Virginia Judge, announced a major international television conference INPUT will be staged in Australia for the first time in 2012 when it is held in Sydney.

ADG will also hold its conference in Adelaide next year for the first time, in collaboration with the BigPond Adelaide Film Festival and the Australian International Documentary Conference.

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