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Winners

2016 joint winner form y separately published work icon The Silences Margot Nash , ( dir. Margot Nash ) Australia : As If Productions , 2015 10273215 2015 single work film/TV

'A personal essay documentary about the tangled bonds, secret histories and unspoken traumas of family life, that stretches from New Zealand to the Australian suburbs. It is an exploration of early childhood and the “silences” of the past that resonate in the present. It draws upon a wealth of photographs, letters, oral histories, documentary footage and clips from the filmmaker’s previous work. It unfolds a mother’s story of lost opportunities, lost love and grief; a father’s story of work, mental illness and war; and a daughter’s story of trying to piece together a more complex picture of the confusing ties of love, loss and kinship between a mother and daughter.'

Source: As If Productions.

With Baxter and Me (Gillian Leahy).
2015 winner (Public Broadcast) form y separately published work icon Sam Klemke’s Time Machine Mathew Bate , Sandy Cameron , ( dir. Mathew Bate ) Australia United States of America (USA) : Closer Productions , 2015 8225096 2015 single work film/TV

'In 1977, Sam Klemke started obsessively documenting his entire life on film. Beginning decades before the modern obsession with selfies and status updates, we see Sam grow from an optimistic teen to a self-important 20-year-old, into an obese, self-loathing thirty-something and onwards into his philosophical fifties. The same year that Sam began his project, NASA launched the Voyager craft into deep space carrying the Golden Record, a portrait of humanity that would try to explain to extra terrestrials who we are. From director Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure), Sam Klemke's Time Machine follows two unique self-portraits as they travel in parallel - one hurtling through the infinity of space and the other stuck in the suburbs of Earth - in a freewheeling look at time, memory, mortality and what it means to be human. ' (Production summary)

2014 winner (Public Broadcast) form y separately published work icon A Woman's Journey into Sex Sally McKenzie , ( dir. Sally McKenzie ) Australia : theCoalface , 2013 7802791 2013 single work film/TV

'A WOMAN’S JOURNEY INTO SEX investigates female sexuality through the eyes of Private Detective Lacey as she travels the world to investigate if dames need emotional commitment to orgasm. Her journey takes us into the world of cougars, bachelorettes, women paying for sex, Rent-A-Dreads, romance dependency and holiday liaisons. With her we encounter masseurs, escorts, prost-i-dudes along with Heidi Fleiss, Miss Cougar International and a range of ordinary babes. This social history and lifestyle documentary weaves animation, archive, dramatizations, interview and verity to peep into the seldom-explored world of women’s sexuality.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2011 winner (Public Broadcast) form y separately published work icon The Tall Man Tony Krawitz , ( dir. Tony Krawitz ) Sydney : Blackfella Films , 2011 Z1762237 2011 single work film/TV

'When Cameron Doomadgee was found dead in the Palm Island police station, his injuries were like those of someone who’d been in a fatal car crash. The police claimed he had tripped on a step. The Palm Islanders rioted and burnt down the police station. The subsequent trial of Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley – who had been decorated for his work in Aboriginal communities – made headlines day after day, shadowed by Queensland police threatening to strike.'

'The Tall Man tells the gripping story of the trial, of the complex Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, and of the Doomadgee family as they struggle to understand what happened to their brother. ' (Source: Madman.com.au)

2009 winner (Public Broadcast) form y separately published work icon First Australians Rachel Perkins , Louis Nowra , Beck Cole , ( dir. Rachel Perkins et. al. )agent Crows Nest Fitzroy Strawberry Hills : Blackfella Films First Nation Films SBS Television , 2008 Z1532374 2008 single work film/TV (taught in 1 units)

'First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. First Australians explores what unfolds when the oldest living culture in the world is overrun by the world's greatest empire.

'Over seven episodes, First Australians depicts the true stories of individuals - both black and white - caught in an epic drama of friendship, revenge, loss and victory in Australia's most transformative period of history.

'The story begins in 1788 in Sydney, with the friendship between an Englishmen (Governor Phillip) and a warrior (Bennelong) and ends in 1993 with Koiki Mabo's legal challenge to the foundation of Australia. First Australians chronicles the collision of two worlds and the genesis of a new nation.' Source: www.sbs.com.au (Sighted 27/09/2008).

For episode one by Rachel Perkins and Louis Nowra.
2006 winner (Public Broadcast) form y separately published work icon Unfolding Florence : The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst Katherine Thomson , ( dir. Gillian Armstrong ) 2006 Australia Lindfield : Becker Entertainment Film Australia , 2006 Z1311136 2006 single work film/TV

This film reveals the many lives of one larger-than-life woman: flamboyant design pioneer Florence Broadhurst. Born in outback Australia in 1899, Florence was a singer and dancer in Shanghai in the '20s and ran her own fashion boutique in London in the '30s, before sweeping into Sydney society as a painter and charity queen. But it was in her last incarnation that she really made her mark, shaking up conservative Australia with her bold, exotic wallpaper designs. Now, with her prints in huge demand internationally, the times have finally caught up with this glamorous, complicated, unconventional woman, whose brutal murder in 1977 has never been solved.

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