Wayne Blair

wayne blair wearing a dark blue suit AFTRS Indigenous Fellow. Imaged sourced from GQ. Photo by Pierre Toussaint
Wayne Blair Djarn Djarns Behind the scenes on the short film the Djarn Djarns. Image sourced Goalpost Pictures
Wayne Blair Djarn Djarns Production still from the short film Djarn Djarns. Image sourced from Goalpost Pictures

In 2006 Wayne Blair was awarded a Myer Indigenous Fellowship by the Australian Film, Television and Radio School as part of the School's Indigenous Program Initiative (IPI) to 'upgrade the creative and technical skills of Indigenous Australians working in film and other media'.

Already an established stage and screen actor Wayne had recently won the 2005 Panorama Short Film Award with a Kinderfest Crystal Bear at the Berlin Internatianl Film Festival for his short film The Djarn Djarns, which he wrote and directed. The Djarn Djarns was also nominated for two AFI Awards in the same year.

In total the Djarn Djarns received the following accolades:


  • 2006 Flickerfest Film Festival, Best Screenplay
  • Winner Crystal Bear, Kinderfilmfest, Berlin Film Festival 2005
  • Deadly Award 2005, Outstanding Achievement in Film
  • 2005 AFI Nomination, Editing and Screenplay
  • AWGIE nomination, short Screenplay
  • 2005 Film Critics Circle nomination, best Australia short

Festivals & Screenings

  • SBS TV screening, 17 July 2005
  • Wellington Film Festival 2005
  • Auckland International Film Festival 2005
  • Little Big Shots, Melbourne International Children's Film Festival
  • Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival 2005
  • Brisbane Film Festival
  • St Kilda Film Festival
  • Hamptons Film Festival
  • Tel Aviv Film Festival
  • Bangkok Film Festival
  • Goyag Int Children’s Festival, Japan
  • Kinderfilmfest Japan
  • ImagineNATIVE, Toronto
  • Newport Beach Int Film Festival
  • Sprockets Children’s Film festival – Toronto
  • Rimouski Int Youth Festival, Canada
  • Cinemagic Ireland

Since his Fellowship at AFTRS where he worked on his directing craft Wayne has made his mark playing Othello for Bell Shakespeare, working with Philip Seymour Hoffman in True West, directing Australia's most successful film of 2012, The Sapphires, and has embarked on a Hollywood directing career with Septembers of Shiraz starring Salma Hayak and Adrien Brody - to list just a few accomplishments.




Last updated February 1, 2015.


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