Veteran film and TV stuntman Grant Page is the recipient of the inaugural Screen NSW Award.
Page (pictured, left) has coordinated stunts for George Miller, Mel Gibson, Jackie Chan and Quentin Tarantino.
His film credits include Mad Max, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, Roadgames, Mad Dog Morgan, The Odd Angry Shot The Picture Show Man, The Pirate Movie and The Tracker.
His TV credits include Police Rescue, All Saints, Blackjack, All the Rivers Run, Snowy River: The McGregor Saga, The Alice, Grass Roots, and Danger Five.
Courtney Gibson, CEO of Screen NSW, said: “When the director yells ‘action’ on set, no one takes it more literally than Grant. He created the high-octane hallmarks of 1970s Ozploitation cinema, designing and executing the most radical and pioneering action sequences in the world.
“In terms of legacy and influence, Grant’s DNA runs all the way from when Max first got “mad”, right through to the Oscars glory of Fury Road, and the ambition, rigour and outright spectacle of his work is simply without compare.”
The $10,000 annual award was presented by George Miller.
“Working, under fierce and extraordinary circumstances, on the first Mad Max I came to know the calibre of Grant Page. A masterful and innovative stuntman, he has a deep and elegant intelligence. He taught me a lot about filmmaking but even more about life. Inspirations which have sustained me ever since. Grant is heroic in every sense of the word,” Miller said.
The Screen NSW Award is one of three awards the agency will award annually to trailblazers in our industry. The Sydney UNESCO City of Award, announced each year at the Sydney Film Festival, honours an outstanding NSW-based screen practitioner whose work stands for innovation, imagination and impact. This year’s inaugural award went to artist, filmmaker and VR pioneer Lynette Wallworth. Rebel Wilson was last month awarded the inaugural Screen NSW Annette Kellerman Award. The award is to be presented annually by Screen NSW, in a partnership with Australians In Film (AiF) and Vogue Australia, to a screen industry figure who is “doing it her way” in Hollywood.