Nominees in the 2014 Australian Directors Guild Awards have been announced. The Awards celebrate the outstanding work of Australian screen directors over the past year across 16 categories including film, television, multiplatform, music and advertising.
The Award winners will be announced on Friday May 2 at an Awards Ceremony and Black Tie Dinner at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
The strong and diverse Australian presence in cinemas last year is reflected in the feature film category with Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby), Kim Mordaunt (The Rocket), Ivan Sen (Mystery Road) and Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) receiving nominations. The fifth nominee is Zak Hilditch, whose film These Final Hours, will be in cinemas in July.
All six nominees in the Feature Documentary Category are women. They are Sophia Turkiewicz for Once my Mother, Rebecca Barry for I Am A Girl, Heather Kirkpatrick for Mary Meets Mohammad, Juliet Lamont for Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls, Lynn-Maree Milburn for In Bob We Trust and Kaye Harrison for The Sunnyboy.
Nominees in the television categories reveal an equally strong year in Australian TV. Rachel Ward (An Accidental Soldier) and Rowan Woods (The Broken Shore). Daniel Nettheim has received two ADG nominations this year, for TV Comedy for his work on Mr and Mrs Murder and in the Children’s TV category for Dance Academy. Matthew Saville (Please Like Me) and Trent O’Donnell (The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting) are also nominated for TV Comedy. Other nominees for TV Children’s are Peter Carstairs and Craig James Irvin, both for Nowhere Boys.
The nominees in the TV Drama series category are Rachel Perkins and Adrian Russell-Wills, both for Redfern Now, Glendyn Ivin for Puberty Blues, Peter Duncan for Rake, Tori Garrett for The Time of our Lives and Kevin Carlin for Wentworth.
In the TV Mini Series, category, nominees are Khoa Do for Better Man Episode 4, Daina Reid for Paper Giants: Magazine Wars – Part 1 and Geoff Bennett – The Packer-Murdoch Story – Episode 1.
Directors of Home & Away have swept the TV Drama Serial category. Geoffrey Nottage nominated twice for his work on the series, and with David Gould and
with Scott Hartford-Davis also nominated.
Also to be announced at the ADG Awards is the 2014 recipient of the Finders Award. The ADG, in partnership with the Directors Guild of America Finders series, selects one Australian feature film, which is yet to secure US distribution and is an entry in the 2014 ADG Awards, to screen in Los Angeles to key industry figures, including distributors.
The complete 2014 ADG Awards nominees list:
Original Online Project:
One nominee, winner announced on the night
Glendyn Ivin – Nightmares
Ray Lawrence – NSW Teachers Federation: First Day
Ray Lawrence – NSW Teachers Federation: Last Day
Sean Meehan – Holden – Amnesia
Cross Platform Project:
One nominee, winner announced on the night
David Barker – Nightingale Floor
Melvin J. Montalban – The Best We Got
Daniel Nettheim – Mr and Mrs Murder – Series 1 Episode 5 "Lost Soul"
Matthew Saville – Please Like Me – Series 1 Episode 3 "Portuguese Custard Tarts"
Trent O’Donnell – The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting – Episode 1
TV Drama Serial:
David Gould – Home & Away – Episode 5873
Geoffrey Nottage – Home & Away – Episode 5712
Geoffrey Nottage – Home & Away – Episode 5713
Scott Hartford-Davis – Home & Away – Episode 5884
Alex Ryan – Ngurrumbang
Josh Tanner – The Landing
Julietta Boscolo – Sam’s Gold
Sean Kruck – Snowblind
Erin Good – The Wonderful
Lucy Gaffy – The Fence
Melissa Anastasi – By This River
Warwick Young – Stuffed
Craig James Irvin – Nowhere Boys – Series 1 Episode 8
Daniel Nettheim – Dance Academy – Series 3 Episode 12 "A Perfect Storm"
Peter Carstairs – Nowhere Boys – Series 1 Episode 7
Winner announced on the night.
TV Mini Series:
Daina Reid – Paper Giants: Magazine Wars – Part 1
Geoff Bennett – The Packer-Murdoch Story – Episode 1
Khoa Do – Better Man – Episode 4
TV Drama Series:
Adrian Russell-Wills – Redfern Now – Series 2 Episode 1 "Where the Heart Is"
Glendyn Ivin – Puberty Blues – Series 1 Episode 6
Kevin Carlin – Wentworth – Series 1 Episode 1
Peter Duncan – Rake – Series 2 Episode 2
Rachel Perkins - Redfern Now – Series 2 Episode 2 "Starting Over"
Tori Garrett – The Time of our Lives – Series 1 Episode 5
Bentley Dean/Martin Butler – First Footprints – Episode 1
Gary Doust – Next Stop Hollywood
Nick Robinson – Kakadu – Episode 4
Corrie Chen – Suicide & Me
John Hughes – Love & Fury
Madeleine Hetherton – The Surgery Ship
Rachel Ward – An Accidental Soldier
Rowan Woods – The Broken Shore
Heather Kirkpatrick – Mary Meets Mohammad
Juliet Lamont – Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls
Kaye Harrison – The Sunnyboy
Lynn-Maree Milburn – In Bob We Trust
Rebecca Barry – I Am A Girl
Sophia Turkiewicz – Once my Mother
Baz Luhrmann – The Great Gatsby
Ivan Sen – Mystery Road
Jonathan Teplitzky – The Railway Man
Kim Mordaunt – The Rocket
Zak Hilditch – These Final Hours
Tickets to the Awards Ceremony and Dinner are available at: http://www.adg.org.au/awards-2014.aspx