ABC shows dominated at the annual Screen Producers Awards last night in Melbourne.
Cleverman, Please Like Me, Anh’s Brush with Fame and Nowhere Boys were amongst winners announced at The Forum, in an event hosted by Nazeem Hussain.
Veteran producer Pam Barnes (pictured centre, above) was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Barnes, introduced by Gorgi Coghlan, was given a standing ovation for her body of work, which included In Melbourne Tonight, Hey Hey it’s Saturday, Logie Awards, The Circle and Family Feud. Amongst her many highlights Barnes recalled the landmark Australia Live production in 1988, telecast jointly by Nine, ABC & SBS, with Live crosses to a train, Antarctica and a cosmonaut in space -all before the age of computers & email.
Another standing ovation was given to surprise guest Magda Szubanski following her advocacy in the Marriage Equality campaign. An exhausted Szubanski, her credited much of her tenacity to the spirit of ‘Sharon Strezlecki’ announced Matchbox Pictures as the winner of the Production Business of the Year.
SPA CEO Matthew Deaner said: “We are delighted to see such a powerhouse talented group such as Matchbox Pictures take out best production company. They continue to expand and forge new pathways in the industry allowing Australian stories to be told through multiple partners on a local and global level. The Awards has showcased the tip of the iceberg of an incredible year of production to which we should all feel very proud. We commend every part of our industry for their fantastic work but particularly our outstanding winners tonight.”
Lion won the Feature Film award.
TV & related winners:
Production Business of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
Drama Series of the Year
Comedy Series of the Year
Please Like Me
Series Documentary of the Year
Single Documentary of the Year
The Go-Betweens: Right Here Essential Media and Entertainment
Animated Series of the Year
Winston Steinburger & Sir Dudley Ding Dong
Children’s Series of the Year
Nowhere Boys: Two Moons Rising
Light Entertainment of the Year
Anh’s Brush With Fame
Reality Series of the Year
The Voice Australia
ITV Studios Australia
Telemovie or Mini Series of the Year
Top of the Lake: China Girl
Breakthrough Business of the Year
Factor 30 Films
Screen Business Export Award
Tie: Every Cloud Productions and FremantleMedia Australia
Services and Facilities Business of the Year
Ones To Watch SBS First Look Grant