The Black Balloon
Son of a Lion
The inclusion of guerrilla film Son of a Lion is noteworthy considering it was, for one reason or another, not eligible for the AFI Awards.
David Nerlich & Andrew Traucki, Black Water
Elissa Down, The Black Balloon
Peter Duncan, Unfinished Sky
I'm loving the nomination of Nerlich and Traucki whose direction on horror croc flick Black Water (review here) was career-making.
Rhys Wakefield, The Black Balloon
Grand Dodwell, Men's Group
William McInnes, Unfinished Sky
Is William McInnes the star of something? NOMINATE HIM! Isn't that a rule these days? However, I would have thought the IF Awards would have pulled a Lantana for Men's Group and nominate the entire male cast, considering they don't have a supporting actor category. Dodwell is hardly the film's standout (I thought the best were Steve Le Marquand and Paul Tassone). Also, are those hip IF voters aware they nominated a Home & Away star?
Gemma Ward, The Black Balloon
Maeve Dermody, Black Water
Monic Hendrickx, Unfinished Sky
Can I get a "HELL YES!" for the nomination of Maeve Dermody? I think it's in order. A rare amazing horror performance there so I'm glad she's up considering the AFI a) put her in supporting and b) probably won't nominate her. However, is Monic Hendrickx the first actor to ever be nominated for playing the same role in an original and the remake. She won awards for her performance in the original Polish Bride and now for the remake Unfinished Sky. Anybody know of another instance of this?
Denson Baker ACS, The Black Balloon
Jules O’Loughlin, September
Robert Humphreys ACS, Unfinished Sky
What a gorgeous category as always. I imagine we'll see these same three nominated for the AFI with somebody else thrown in - The Tender Hook's Geoffrey Simpson or maybe Xiaoding Zhao for Children of the Silk Road perhaps? I'm glad September popped up a couple of times, I was worried it would be too insular for audiences.
Michael Yezerski, The Black Balloon
Haydn Walker, Men’s Group
Amanda Brown, Son of a Lion
Roger Mason's music for September deserved to win here so why wasn't it even nominated? Grrr.
Nicholas McCallum, The Black Balloon
Sam Hobbs, September
Laurie Faen, Unfinished Sky
Veronica Jenet ASE, The Black Balloon
Rodrigo Balart, Black Water
Suresh Ayyar, Unfinished Sky
Christopher Weekes, writer/director and lead actor, Bitter & Twisted
Jason Byrne, producer, Rats & Cats
Benjamin Gilmour (director) and Carolyn Johnson (producer), Son of a Lion
The team behind Son of a Lion will surely win this for taking their camera into Pakistan and making a film without anybody knowing. However, if Bitter & Twisted was eligible why wasn't the fantastic Noni Nazlehurst up for Best Actress?
Paul Pirola, The Black Balloon
Sam Petty, The Square
Andrew Plain, Annie Breslin, Will Ward, Unfinished Sky
Damn! The Square just can't catch a break. First nobody knows how to market it, then it flops, then it's AFI screening is on Grand Final Saturday and now even at the IF Awards it can't scratch up anything more than a measly Best Sound nomination.
The Burning Season
Playing in the Shadows
No Not Quite Hollywood? Hmmm...
All the other categories and nominees can be found here.