Aussies blitz 2021 Rockie Awards

Bluey, Love on the Spectrum, First Day and Filthy Rich & Homeless all win at prestigious TV awards in Banff.

Australian productions on ABC and SBS have bagged a bumper crop of wins at the prestigious Banff Rockie Awards with wins for Bluey, Love on the Spectrum, First Day and Filthy Rich & Homeless.

All were winners in their respective categories.

Bluey won Best Animation: Preschool, Love on the Spectrum won Best Lifestyle, Filthy, Rich & Homeless won Best Docuseries and First Day won best Live Action: Children.

Scripted wins went to I May Destroy You, The Flight Attendant, Staged and Killing Eve.

Daley Pearson from Ludo Studios told TV Tonight, “Everything  you see in Bluey was created by a team of artists under one roof in Brisbane.  We’re all so proud of Joe and the team of artists at Ludo who made Bluey by board, design and idea by hand for many years.”

Darren Dale from Blackfella Films said of Filthy, Rich & Homeless, “We are so thrilled to have woken up to winning the Best Docuseries award at the Rockies. The series has shone a light on Homelessness in Australia, and it has increased awareness of this growing problem, and really does show that SBS champions issues which are critical to our deeper understanding of Australia.”

Karina Holden of Northern Pictures said of Love on the Spectrum, “We’re thrilled to have the international broadcast judges of the Rockies acknowledge our series. As a team we feel encouraged to know our work has found an audience both in Australia and globally on Netflix. When we started development on the idea with the assistance of Screen Australia, we had a sense the show would travel far and wide. To have been supported by ABC Television with our original concept and to have had now a second series winning audience and critics hearts and minds, it’s incredibly rewarding for myself, Cian O’Clery (Director/Series Producer) and Jenni Wilks (Supervising Producer). But of course, biggest thanks goes to our cast who shared their stories so generously. This win is for them.”

Julie Kalceff from Epic Films added, “We are thrilled that First Day has been recognised at the Rockies! This is testament to how hard the whole cast and crew worked on the series. Ahead of Series 2 going into production next month, it’s great to see the show continue to resonate with audiences around the world.”

Michael Carrington, ABC Director Entertainment & Specialist, said: “Great Australian stories are a hit with audiences the world over. I am particularly heartened by the diversity of the ABC’s Rockie Award winners, covering everything from an animated family of dogs to a young girl overcoming the challenges to be herself and adults on the autism spectrum looking for someone to love. Congratulations to the ABC teams and our production partners for leading the way for Australian content on the world stage.”

Winners are in bold:


Comedy Series: English Language
“Better Things” – FX Productions (USA)
“Brassic” – Calamity Films, Sky One (UK)
“The Flight Attendant” – Berlanti Productions, Yes, Norman Productions, Warner Bros. Television (USA)
“The Great” – MRC Television, Civic Center Media, Thruline Entertainment, Echo Lake Entertainment, Macgowan Films, Lewellen Pictures, Piggy Ate Roast Beef Productions, Hulu (UK, USA)
“What We Do In The Shadows” – FX Productions (USA)
“Woke” – ABC Signature, Sony Pictures Television, Hulu (Canada, USA)

Comedy Series: Non-English Language
“El Presidente” – Gaumont, Amazon Studios (Argentina, Chile, USA)
“He, She, They” – HBO Brazil, Coiote, Paranoïd Filmes (Brazil)
“Other Parents” – eitelsonnenschein GmbH, TNT Comedy, WarnerMedia (Germany, The Netherlands)
“Parliament” – Cinétévé, Artémis Productions, CineCentrum, Studio Hamburg, France.tv (Belgium, France, Germany)
“Tower C” – VPRO Television, Hollands Licht, RosMeijer, NPO (The Netherlands)

Drama Series: English Language
“Gangs of London” – Pulse Films, Sister, Sky Atlantic (UK)
“His Dark Materials” – Bad Wolf, BBC (UK)
“Killing Eve” – Sid Gentle Films Limited, BBC America (UK)
“Noughts + Crosses” – Mammoth Screen Limited, Participant Media, Roc Nation, BBC (South Africa, UK)
“Transplant” – Sphere Media, Bell Media (Canada)

Drama Series: Non-English Language
“Caliphate” – Filmlance International AB, SVT, Film Capital Stockholm (Sweden)
“Das Boot” – Bavaria Fiction, Stillking Films, Latina Pictures, Sky Studios (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Malta, UK)
“Happily Married” – Cineflix Media, Ici Tou.tv (Canada)
“My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name” – The Apartment, Wildside, Fremantle, Fandango, Rai Fiction, HBO Entertainment, Mowe, Umedia (Italy, USA)
“Outbreak” – Sphere Media, TVA, Quebecor Content (Canada)

Limited Series
“22 July” – NRK, DR, SVT, Yle RUV, Nordvision Fund (Denmark, Norway, Sweden)
“Des” – New Pictures, ITV (UK)
“Devs” – FX Productions (USA)
“I May Destroy You” – Various Artists Ltd, FALKNA Ltd, HBO (UK)
“ZeroZeroZero” – Studiocanal, Amazon Studios (USA)

Short Fiction Program
“Hey Lady!” – TJ Content Ltd., CBC (Canada)
“My Jungle” – Ruvido Produzioni, Rai Fiction (Italy)
“Passengers” – START (Russia)
“Pirjo” – Aito Media, Yle Areena (Finland)
“Staged” – Infinity Hill, GCB Films, BBC (UK)

TV Movie
“The Cleaner” – Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation (Taiwan)
“Exit” – Sommerhaus Filmproduktion GmbH, Daserste.de (Germany)
“I Was Lorena Bobbitt” – Cineflix (Lorena Story) Inc., Lifetime (Canada)
“Roald & Beatrix, the Tail of the Curious Mouse” – Hartswood Films, Sky Studios (UK)
“The Windermere Children” – Wall to Wall Media, Warner Bros. ITVP Germany, BBC (Germany, UK)


Comedy & Variety
“Baroness von Sketch Show” – Frantic Films, CBC (Canada)
“Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light” – NPO, NOS, AVROTROS Television (The Netherlands)
“Famalam” – BBC Studios (UK)
“Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster” – Battersea Arts Centre, The Space, BBC (UK)
“Top Gear” – BBC Studios (UK)

Competition Series & Game Shows
“Alone” – Leftfield Pictures, History (USA)
“Brain Games” – Magical Elves, National Geographic (USA)
“Holey Moley” – Eureka Productions, Unanimous Productions, ABC (USA)
“A League of Their Own” – CPL Productions, Sky One (UK)
“The Rap Game UK” – Naked, a Fremantle label, BBC (UK)

“Autism and Adulthood” – Pixcom Productions Inc., MOI ET CIE (Canada)
“Filthy Rich & Homeless” – Blackfella Films, SBS (Australia)
“Life Below Zero” – BBC Studios for National Geographic (USA)
“Life Below Zero: Canada” – Saloon Media, Blue Ant Studios (Canada)
“Naked and Afraid” – Renegade 83, LLC for Discovery Channel (USA, Philippines, South Africa, Columbia, Bahamas, Mexico, Ecuador, Bulgaria)

“All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur” – 72 Films, Amazon Studios (UK)
“The Au-Pairs of New Zealand” – Aito Media, Yle Areena, Yle TV2 (Finland, New Zealand)
“Crikey! It’s the Irwins” – Eureka Productions, Animal Planet (USA, Australia)
“House of Ho” – Wallin Chambers Entertainment, Lionsgate Television, HBO Max (USA)
“Nikita Unfiltered” – Snap Originals, Sirens Media (USA)

“9 Months with Courteney Cox” – AMPLE Entertainment, Facebook Watch (USA)
“Dating Around” – Eureka Productions, Netflix (USA)
“Love on the Spectrum” – Northern Pictures, Netflix (Australia)
“Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing” – Owl Power, BBC (UK)
“Slumfood Millionaire” – Sora Media, CNA (Singapore)


Animation: Preschool
“The Adventures of Paddington” – Studio Canal, Nick Jr., Blue Zoo Animations, Superprod, Heyday Films, M6 (France, UK, USA)
“Bluey” – Ludo Studio, ABC Australia, BBC Studios, Screen Australia, Screen Queensland (Australia)
“JoJo and Gran Gran” – BBC Children’s In-House Productions for CBeebies, A Productions (UK)
“Monster at the End of this Story: A Sesame Street Special” – Sesame Workshop, A Productions, HBO Max (USA)
“True and the Rainbow Kingdom” – FriendsWithYou, Guru Studio, Homeplate Entertainment, i am OTHER, Netflix (Canada, USA)

Animation: Children
“Craig of the Creek” – Cartoon Network Studios (USA)
“Molly of Denali” – Atomic Cartoons, WGBH, CBC (Canada)
“Mush-Mush and the Mushables” – La Cabane Productions, Thuristar, Cake Entertainment (Belgium, France)
“Sol” – Paper Owl Films, TG4, S4C, BBC Alba, My4, ITVHub, My5 (Ireland, Scotland, UK, Wales)
“Zog and the Flying Doctors” – Magic Light Pictures, BBC (UK)

Animation: Youth
“100% Wolf” – Flying Bark Productions, Lotterywest, ReDefine, Screen Australia, ScreenWest Siamese, Studio 100, The New South Wales Government, Apple TV (Australia)
“Brazen” – Silex Films, France Televisions (France)
“Protect Yourself Rules: Teen Series” – Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation, WonderMedia, University of Washington Joshua Center on Child Sex Abuse (USA)
“Trash” – Alone Productions (Italy)
“Women Undercover” – SquawK, ARTE France (France)

Live Action: Children
“Endlings” – Sinking Ship Entertainment, CBC (Canada)
“First Day” – Epic Films, ABC Australia (Australia)
“Ghostwriter” – Sinking Ship Entertainment, Sesame Workshop, Apple TV+ (Canada, USA)
“Odd Squad Mobile Unit” – Sinking Ship Entertainment (Canada)
“Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate” – Sesame Workshop (USA)

Live Action: Youth
“About Sex” – Echo Media, CBC Gem (Canada)
“CitizenKid: Earth Comes First” – White Pine Pictures, Corus Entertainment, YTV (Canada)
“Detention Adventure” – LoCo Motion Pictures, Broken Compass Films, CBC Gem, HBO Max (Canada)
“FYI Investigates” – Fresh Start Media, Sky News, Sky Kids (Brazil, UK)
“War Stories” – EO Broadcasting, Stepping Stones Productions (The Netherlands)


Arts & Culture
“Imagine” – Swan Films, BBC (UK)
“Kubrick by Kubrick” – TEMPS NOIR, ARTE France, TELEMARK (France)
“Lee Miller – A Life on the Front Lines” – Erica Starling Productions, Ronachan Films, BBC (UK)
“My Rembrandt” – NTR Television, Discours Film Productions, NPO (The Netherlands)
“There Are No Fakes” – Cave 7 Productions Inc., TVO (Canada)

Crime & Investigation
“Ask No Questions” – Lofty Sky Pictures Inc., Amazon Prime Video (Canada)
“Finland’s Biggest Crime Mysteries” – Aito Media, Nelonen, Ruutu (Finland)
“The Hunt for Gaddafi’s Billions” – VPRO Television, BBC, NPO (The Netherlands, UK)
“The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius” – ESPN Films, VeryMuchSo Productions, Passion Pictures, Ventureland, BBC (UK, USA)
“The Mole: Infiltrating North Korea” – Piraya Film I, Wingman Media, BBC, NRK, DR, SVT (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, UK)

Environmental & Wildlife
“Extinction: The Facts” – BBC Studios, The Science Unit. A BBC Studios Production for PBS and BBC (UK, USA)
“H2O: The Molecule That Made Us” – GBH, Passion Pictures, PBS (UK, USA)
“The Last Ice” – National Geographic (UK, USA)
“Primates” – BBC Studios Natural History Unit (UK, USA)
“The Story of Plastic” – Pale Blue Dot Media, Discovery Channel (UK, USA)

History & Biography
“Afghanistan: The Wounded Land” – LOOKSfilm, NDR/Arte, Aljazeera Documentary Channel, CT, Format TV, DR, Knowledge Network, Mediawan Thematics for Toute l’Histoire, NRK, VPRO (Germany)
“Auschwitz Untold: In Colour” – Fulwell 73, More4 (Poland, UK)
“Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade” – Associated Producers Ltd., Cornelia Street Productions, UppiTV, Anonymous Content, EPIX (Canada, UK)
“Nuremberg: The Nazi Trials” – Middlechild Productions, Channel 5 (UK)
“Obama” – MSNBC (USA)

Science & Technology
“Cosmos: Possible Worlds” – Possible Worlds, LLC., Fox, National Geographic (USA)
“Hubble: Thirty Years of Discovery” – BBC Studios, Discovery, Science Channel (UK, USA)
“NASA & SpaceX: Journey to the Future” – Storied Media Group, Discovery Channel, Science Channel (USA)
“Toxic Beauty” – White Pine Pictures (CANADA, UK, USA)
“Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space” – Storied Media Group, Discovery Channel, Science Channel (USA)

Short Non-Fiction Program
“Akashinga: The Brave Ones” – Avatar Alliance Foundation, National Geographic Documentary Films (USA)
“Americas Now” – CGTN (USA)
“The Broken and the Bad hosted by Giancarlo Esposito” – IKA Collective, AMC Digital, AMC Networks (USA)
“Highway to Heaven” – National Film Board of Canada, CBC (Canada)
“Story to Follow: Beirut, August 4th” – Al Jazeera Media Network (Lebanon, Qatar)

Social Issues & Current Affairs
“Italy’s Frontline: A Doctor’s Diary” – Mongoose Pictures, BBC TV Current Affairs, PBS Frontline (UK, USA)
“The New York Times Presents” – New York Times, Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company (USA)
“Revelation” – In Films, ABC Australia (Australia)
“The School That Tried to End Racism” – Proper Content, Channel 4 (UK)
“Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge” – Public Square Films, Maylo Films, HBO (USA, UK)

Sports Documentary
“Freddie Flintoff: Living With Bulimia” – South Shore, BBC (UK)
“Ice Conquerors” – Amalga, Historia (Canada)
“The Last Dance” – Mandalay Sports Media Production, NBAEntertainment, ESPN Films, Netflix (USA)
“Long Gone Summer” – ESPN Films, Bonfire Films of America (USA)
“Mad Dog & The Butcher” – Les Derniers Vilains – Vélocité International, Breakout Entertainment, Télé-Québec (Canada)

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