THE ADG AWARDS ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE 2017 SPECIAL AWARDS

May 1, 2017

The ADG Awards take place in Melbourne this week and the Australian Directors’ Guild has revealed that Courtney Gibson, Daina Reid and Lisy Kane & Girl Geek Academy will all receive special awards at the gala event.

THE ADG AWARDS ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE 2017 SPECIAL AWARDS

The ADG Awards take place in Melbourne this week and the Australian Directors’ Guild has revealed that Courtney Gibson, Daina Reid and Lisy Kane & Girl Geek Academy will all receive special awards at the gala event.

Courtney Gibson will receive The Cecil Holmes Award. The Cecil Holmes Award was established in honour of Australian cinema pioneer Cecil Holmes, a filmmaker of the 1970s whose work was largely unheralded, and who was later instrumental in mentoring a number of Australian screen directors during the 1970s film renaissance. The Award was instigated at the ASDA conference in 1995, and is presented by the ADG board from time to time to honour those who have promoted the art and craft of directing, and advocated for the role of the director. Until recently, Courtney was CEO of Screen NSW and has previously worked as a Programming Production Executive at the Nine Network, Director of Programs at Southern Star Entertainment and Executive Head of Content Creation at ABC TV. She has recently been appointed as the Managing Director of the film and television arm of Jungle. The ADG is presenting this award to Courtney Gibson in recognition of her work in promoting female directors through her positive programs at Screen NSW. She single-handedly initiated programs and policy that ensured female directors would be more equally represented in all screen production.

Director Daina Reid will receive the prestigious Michael Carson Award, which recognizes excellence in the craft of television drama direction. Daina is one of Australia’s most respected directors with recent credits that include The Wrong Girl, Offspring, Hunters, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Secret River. The ADG recognizes her contribution to TV Drama Directing with this award.

Lisy Kane and Girl Geek Academy are the recipients of the ADG Innovation Award. This award was established in 2014 and acknowledges the achievements of individuals and/or organisations in building opportunities for directors both in and out of the mainstream that expand their creative work as storytellers in new and innovative ways. Lisy Kane is the co-founder of the Girl Geek Academy, a global movement encouraging women to learn technology, create startups and build more content for
the internet.

The ADG Awards will take place on Friday 5 May at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins and will be hosted by comedian Cal Wilson. Tickets sales close on Monday, 1 May. Limited tickets for the 2017 ADG Awards and the black tie gala dinner are still available and can be purchased here:
https://adg.org.au/events/2017- adg-awards

The full list of nominations can be found below.

COMPLETE LIST OF THE 2017 ADG NOMINATIONS:

BEST DIRECTION IN A FEATURE FILM
Ben Young for Hounds of Love
Craig Boreham for Teenage Kicks
Garth Davis for Lion
Jonnie Leahy for Skin Deep
Simon Stone for The Daughter

BEST DIRECTION IN A SHORT FILM
Dejan Mrkic for Silence
Jennifer Perrott for The Ravens
Josh Tanner for Wandering Soul
Luci Schroder for Slapper
Lucy Gaffy for Dream Baby
Sarah Hatherley for Lost Soul

BEST DIRECTION IN A STUDENT FILM
Meaghan Palmer for Tasty
Morgan Healy for Disabused
Dane McCusker for Angelfish
Sunday Emerson Gullifer for Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Aaron Petersen for Zach’s Ceremony
Amanda Blue for Deep Water: The Real Story
Dan Jackson for In the Shadow of the Hill
Gillian Leahy for Baxter and Me
Pete Gleeson for Hotel Coolgardie

BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Sally Aitken for Streets of Your Town
Simon Nasht for Howard On Menzies

BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Bentley Dean, Martin Butler and Liz Jackson for A Sense of Self
Kay Pavlou for Recognition – Yes or No?
Thomas Abood for The End of The Line
Wes Greene for Return to Bosnia

ESBEN STORM AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A CHILDREN’S TV OR SVOD DRAMA
Robyn Butler for Little Lunch Special: The Nightmare Before Graduation
Sian Davies for Nowhere Boys – The Trouble With Ben (Series 3, Episode 7)

BEST DIRECTION IN A TV OR SVOD DRAMA SERIES
Emma Freeman for Secret City – The Watchers (Series 1, Episode 2)
Leah Purcell for Cleverman – Sun and Moon (Series 1, Episode 4)
Rowan Woods for Rake – (Series 4, Episode 6)
Tony Krawitz for The Kettering Incident – The Search (Series 1, Episode 3)

BEST DIRECTION IN A TV OR SVOD DRAMA SERIAL
Arnie Custo for Home and Away Ep 6486
Danny Raco for Home and Away Ep 6395
Gary Conway for Neighbours Block 1458 Ep 7509
Geoffrey Nottage for Home and Away Ep 6417

BEST DIRECTION IN A TV OR SVOD MINI SERIES
Geoff Bennett for Brock
Kevin Carlin for Molly
Robert Connolly for Barracuda

BEST DIRECTION IN A TV OR SVOD COMEDY PROGRAM
Christiaan Van Vuuren and Connor Van Vuuren for Soul Mates (Series 2, Episode 4)
Jonathan Brough for Rosehaven (Series 1, Episode 8)
Jonathan Brough for The Family Law (Series 1, Episode 1)
Matthew Saville for Please Like Me – Burrito Bowl (Series 4, Episode 5)
Trent O’Donnell for The Letdown (Pilot episode)

BEST DIRECTION IN AN ONLINE COMEDY PROJECT
Cate McQuillen for Compost Rocks (Fabisode 4)
Christopher Benz for Little Acorns – She’s A Man! (Episode 2)
Damien Cassar for Lowering Awareness

BEST DIRECTION IN AN ONLINE DRAMA PROJECT
Amanda Jane for ReWriteYourStory – CAL
Christopher Benz for ReWriteYourStory – CONNOR
Kyle Portbury for Tell the World
Stuart Willis for Restoration

BEST DIRECTION IN COMMERCIAL CONTENT
Cassie De Colling for Foreign Correspondent, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
University of Melbourne
Craig Melville for Air New Zealand – Summer Wonderland
Damien Toogood for United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) “The List”
Husein Alicajic for Samsung // Make Your Mark
Paul Middleditch for Nothing Brings People Together Like Lamb

BEST DIRECTION IN A MUSIC VIDEO
Matthew Chuang for Made of Fire Artist: Fire to the Stars
Mick Soiza for Umbrella Brain Artist: Marcus Blacke
Nicholas Carlton for Wanting Artist: Gordi