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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2016

winner form y separately published work icon Goldstone Ivan Sen , ( dir. Ivan Sen ) Australia : Dark Matter Productions , 2016 8474304 2016 single work film/TV

'Indigenous Detective Jay Swan arrives in a frontier mining town on a missing persons enquiry.

'What seems like a simple “light duties” investigation soon opens into a web of crime and corruption implicating the local Mayor, Mining Boss and Aboriginal Land Council.

'Jay must overcome personal differences with the young local policeman while he pulls his life together to dig deeper into the conspiracy. They are led into a world of people trafficking and organised crime at the heart of the local mining industry, where the value of a life is pitted against big money and deep-rooted corruption.' (Production summary)

Year: 2014

winner form y separately published work icon The Babadook Jennifer Kent , ( dir. Jennifer Kent ) Australia : Causeway Films , 2013 Z1912336 2013 single work film/TV horror (taught in 2 units) A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Year: 2013

winner form y separately published work icon Wish You Were Here Kieran Darcy-Smith , Felicity Price , ( dir. Kieran Darcy-Smith ) Australia : Aquarius Blue Tongue Films , 2012 Z1837239 2012 single work film/TV thriller

'Four friends lose themselves in a carefree South-East Asian holiday. Only three come back. Dave and Alice return home to their young family desperate for answers about Jeremy’s mysterious disappearance. When Alice’s sister Steph returns not long after, a nasty secret is revealed about the night her boyfriend went missing. But it is only the first of many. Who amongst them knows what happened on that fateful night when they were dancing under a full moon in Cambodia?'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 13/2/2014)

Year: 2009

joint winner form y separately published work icon The Square Joel Edgerton , Matthew Dabner , ( dir. Nash Edgerton ) Australia : Igloo Films Blue Tongue Films , 2008 Z1506708 2008 single work film/TV thriller crime

'A man's life begins to unravel when his mistress brings him a bag of cash.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 10/2/2014)

joint winner form y separately published work icon Unfinished Sky Peter Duncan , ( dir. Peter Duncan ) Australia : New Holland Pictures IDTV Film , 2007 Z1414335 2007 single work film/TV mystery

'An illegal refugee and a reclusive farmer fall deeply in love, despite their resistance, recovering their faith in themselves and their trust in humanity.'

Source: New Holland Pictures website:
Sighted: 02/08/2007

With Joel Edgerton and Matthew Dabner's The Square.

Year: 2007

winner form y separately published work icon The Home Song Stories Tony Ayres , ( dir. Tony Ayres ) Australia : Big and Little Films Porchlight Films , 2007 Z1390692 2007 single work film/TV (taught in 4 units)

'This is the true story of Rose, a glamorous Shanghai nightclub singer, who struggles to survive in '70s Australia with two young children. Based on writer/director Tony Ayres' own life, The Home Song Stories is an epic tale of mothers and sons, mothers and daughters, unrequited love, secrets and betrayal.'

Source: Australian Film Commission. (Sighted: 8/10/2014)

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