The AACTA Awards was preceded last night by a Red Carpet protest from members of Women in Film and Television NSW, angered over a lack of gender parity in the 2016 nominations.
Around a dozen women dressed as sausages chanted to “End the Sausage Party” outside the Star Event centre in Sydney.
“We’re actually here, dressed appropriately for Australia’s biggest sausage party,” they told media.
“We’re really calling on AACTA to serve up some more transparency in their really poor gender performance.”
They claim that of 28 narrative feature films pre-selected for the AACTAs Screening Tour, just two were directed by women.
The group streamed their protest live on Facebook and posted a statement on their website, saying they “staged a public protest to highlight the disproportionately low amount of nominations and pre-selected films directed and driven by female creatives.”
ABC reports the protestors were removed by security, before being confronted by police.
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