The wonderful Bernard Bories, director of
Cinéma des Antipodes, the organisation that screens and supports
Australian & New Zealand films in France, will be presenting a
special AFTRS program during the Cannes Film Festival this year.
Bernard has run a series of screenings for many years at Cannes and
Australian and New Zealand are the only two countries to be
honoured with a regular spot at this event.
Cinéma des Antipodes is a free non-competitive program for the general public, that runs parallel to the other events and competitions at Cannes, with a number of sessions in its program including a dedicated session for AFTRS comprised of the following
Written by Alana Valentine & Meryl Tankard (Graduate Diploma Directing, 2010)
Directed by Meryl Tankard
Written & Directed by Ricardo Skaff (Graduate Diploma Directing, 2010)
Written & Directed by Ben Mathews (Graduate Diploma Directing, 2010 and also a current Screenwriting student)
We also mentioned last week that Emily has also just been selected for a Student Academy Award
Written & Directed by Stephen McCallum (Graduate Diploma Directing, 2011)
The Last Match
Written by Tom Keele & Julian Shaw (Graduate Diploma Directing, 2011 and also a current MSA student)
Directed by Julian Shaw
The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock
Written & Directed by Lucy Gaffy (Graduate Diploma Directing, 2009 and also a current MSA student)
AFTRS is so thrilled and congratulations to all who were are part of bringing these shorts to life.
Plus we just got word in that Justin Davies (MA Producing, 2006) who has been living and working for the BBC in London for many years now has seen three productions he produced nominated for British Academy Television Awards which will be presented at Royal Festival Hall on May 27
The nominations are:
- Psychoville (production team; BBC/BBC Online) in the New media category
- Jennifer Saunders earns her first BAFTA nomination since 1992 for her role in BBC1's Absolutely Fabulous which Justin produced
- Olivia Colman and Hugh Bonneville are both nominated for best performance in a comedy programme for Twenty Twelve (BBC4) also produced by Justin
The Slap produced and directed by a swag of AFTRS alumni including the likes of Tony Ayres (Screenwriting, 1990) and Robert Connolly (BA Producing, 1995) is also nominated in the International category up against two Danish crime shows, The Killing and political thriller Borgen and US comedy Modern Family.
Good luck to Justin and the Matchbox Pictures team...
and BRILLIANT news came in on Wednesday morning May
It was a cliffhanger, but The Sapphires made it to Cannes!
Based on the true story of an indigenous girl band singing Motown classics The Sapphires was confirmed as part of the official selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival - one of seven films added late to the festival - in the midnight screenings section of the official selection.
The Sapphires is the only Australian feature film selected for this year's festival and is AFTRS Alumnus Wayne Blair's directorial debut.
The film will premiere at Cannes on May 19 and Hopscotch plans to release the film here in August.
A great week and congratutations to Wayne Blair, the team at Goal Post Pictures and the following AFTRS alumni
- Warwick Thornton - Cinematography (BA Cinematography, 1996)
- Melinda Doring - Production Design (MA Production Design, 1998)
- Sue Kerr - Boom Swinger (Sound,1983)
- Bronwyn Murphy - Dialogue Editor (Graduate Diploma Sound, 1983)
- Jared Dwyer - Assistant Sound Editor (MA Sound, 2007)
- Tara Webb - Sound Attachment (Graduate Diploma Sound, 2011)
- Megan Wedge - Atmos Editor (MA Sound, 2004)
- Cornel Ozies - Camera attachment (Graduate Diploma Cinematography, 2011)