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Australia is going Hollywood with an intimate Oscar Nominee Reception on Friday, February 24th at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.
Screen Australia and Australians in Film are celebrating Australian filmmakers nominated for the 89th Academy Awards®
This year Australia has 13 nominations including two in contention for best motion picture ‘Lion‘ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge‘, the first foreign language nomination for ‘Tanna‘ based on a true story and visual effects for ‘Deepwater Horizon‘.
I need to catch up on Oscar nominated films especially from Australia. I had heard of Lion and meant to see the film of a boy lost in India and adopted by an Australian family on a journey of discovery of his homeland. It looked luscious with a star I’ve enjoyed in other films telling a story I’d never seen on the screen before. Tanna I had never seen or heard of but reading about two star crossed lovers fleeing their fate makes me think of Romeo and Juliet so looking forward to watching this over Valentines!
The event is supported by Qantas, Australian Consulate Los Angeles, Ausfilm and Penfolds.
About Screen Australia: Screen Australia is the Australian Federal Government agency charged with supporting screen development, production and promotion across television, film, documentary and digital originals. Academy Award nominees Lion and Tanna were both recipients of this kind of funding support from Screen Australia. The agency also administers the Producer Offset tax rebate which assists eligible television and film works to be made, including Academy Award nominated feature Hacksaw Ridge. Australia’s official co-production program is run by Screen Australia and the agency is a proud supporter of Australians in Film. screenaustralia.gov.au
About Australians In Film: Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based film, television and digital content non-profit foundation with a mission to connect the Australian industry to the international market.Founded in May 2001, AiF serves as the industry guild for Australian entertainment professionals in Los Angeles, holding regular screenings, career development programs, seminars and labs, and currently has over 600 members. For more information on AiF, please visit australiansinfilm.org
Attend the 5th Annual Australians in Film Awards Benefit Dinner on October 19th at the NeueHouse Hollywood. This year Tim Minchin will be hosting the celebration with honorees including Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad) and Garth Davis (Filmmaker) who will receive the FOXTEL Breakthrough Award. The FOXTEL Breakthrough Award recognizes and celebrates rising Australian talent in the entertainment industry. Previous FOXTEL Breakthrough Awards honorees include fellow Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie, Liam Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Debicki, Jacki Weaver, Teresa Palmer, Joel Edgerton, James Wan and Ryan Kwanten.
“The AiF Awards began as the Breakthrough Awards in 2005. It was a very intimate affair in Beverly Hills where we honoured Melissa George and Robert Luketic. The awards and the organization have grown considerably since then, and this year is going to be another terrific year with Tim Minchin hosting at the old CBS broadcasting studios – which is now the gorgeous new club, NeueHouse Hollywood,” said Kate Marks, President of Australians in Film.
Marks continued, “Jai and Garth are worthy honorees of the FOXTEL Breakthrough Award. Both are incredibly talented and in demand, both internationally and in Australia. We look forward to celebrating their achievements. We are also excited to welcome back FOXTEL as a Title Sponsor of the AiF Awards this year. Along with their premier content, this award further exemplifies their commitment to supporting Australian talent.”
Jai Courtney began his career on Australian TV shows Packed to the Rafters and All Saints, before being cast in Spartacus: Blood and Sand. He went on to star in Jack Reacher alongside Tom Cruise and Werner Herzog and A Good Day to Die Hard with Bruce Willis. His other acting credits include: Felony with Joel Edgerton, Divergent alongside Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet; Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie; The Water Diviner directed by Russell Crowe; Terminator: Genisys; and Suicide Squad. Upcoming Jai stars in Man Down with Shia LaBeouf and The Exceptionwhich premiered this month at the Toronto Film Festival.
Filmmaker Garth Davis just made his directorial debut to great fanfare and critical and audience acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival with The Weinstein Company’s LION. Additionally, he is an Emmy nominated television director (Top of the Lake) and began his career in commercials, where he made a significant name for himself. LION, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, was shot in Australia and India. Davis is currently in production on Mary Magdalene for The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures International, starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The multi-talented Tim Minchin is currently directing his first feature for DreamWorks, Larrikins and whose new musical Groundhog Day has just opened to rave reviews at the Old Vic in London.
The AiF Awards and Benefit Dinner is aimed at supporting the organization’s mission to usher Australian filmmakers into the international market and to provide educational and career development programs including the establishment of the new creative work sharing space, Charlie’s in Hollywood.
Australians in Film proudly acknowledge the wonderful support of the Title Sponsors of the 2016 AiF Awards: Ausfilm, Village Roadshow, FOXTEL and Fox Studios Australia.
For Event Sponsorships, Congratulatory Advertising, and Individual Tickets (prices start at $100), please contact Lauran Huff at Lauran@Lpaevents.com or phone 310-201-5033 ext 33.