Doubles dip into Director’s Guild Awards

Matt Saville, Jeffrey Walker and Tony Krawtiz each won two awards last night at the Australian Directors’ Guild Awards at the Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.

Saville won Best Direction in a TV Drama Series for The Slap (Ep 3 – Harry) and Best Direction in a TV Mini Series for Cloudstreet.

“This really should be called The Lucky Bugger who got to direct Cloudstreet award,” he said.

“It was a frightening privilege to work on.

“Thanks to the city of Perth for the light and their support. We all banded together and made a show about place and about family, and many of us left our families for months in order to do that. So I’d like to thank my family.”

Jeffrey Walker received the inaugural Esben Storm Award for Best Direction in a Children’s TV Program for H20: Just Add Water (Series 3). It was a fitting prize for Walker, who was cast by Storm as a 9 year old actor in Round the Twist. The trophy was presented to him by Storm’s widow.

“A wonderful period of my life was shared with (Esben). He was a wonderful support, and it was a life-changing moment. It’s with great gratitude for Esben’s involvement in my career when I was so little that I accept this,” he said.

Walker also shared the Best Direction in a TV Comedy category with Stuart MacDonald and Chris Lilley for Angry Boys.

Two winners were announced in the Best Direction in a Documentary Feature category – Tony Krawitz for The Tall Man and Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond for Mrs Carey’s Concert. Krawitz also received the Finders Award. The ADG and the Directors Guild of America Finders series, selects one Australian feature film, which is yet to secure US distribution and is an entry in the 2012 ADG Awards, to screen in Los Angeles to key industry figures, including distributors.

Emma Freeman has won Best Direction in a Telemovie for Hawke.

Best Direction in a Documentary Series went to Go Back to Where You Came From was Ivan O’Mahoney and winner for Best Direction in a Documentary (Stand Alone category) was Phoebe Hart for Orchids: My Intersex Adventure.

Best Direction in a TV Drama Serial was Geoffrey Nottage for Home & Away (Ep 5215). There were two winners announced for Best Direction in TV Reality Program/Light Entertainment – Ken Connor and Kathy Chambers for RocKwiz – On the Road, and Mark Adamson for Dancing with the Stars.

Best Direction in an Original Online Project was Dario Russo for Danger 5: The Diamond Girls.

The night’s top prize, Best Direction in a Feature Film went to Julia Leigh for Sleeping Beauty, defeating front-runners Snowtown and Red Dog.

The Cecil Holmes Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Directors Guild was presented to Stephen Wallace by Gillian Armstrong.

It was the 30th anniversary of the ADG and the event, hosted by Chaser‘s Chris Taylor and Craig Reucassel with plenty of gags about poor attendances for feature films, John Travolta, Leonardo di Caprio and South Australia’s new film studio.


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