Ozcars – so good so far……

The AFI Industry awards were handed out last night. Hard working behind the scenes craftsmen & women being rewarded is always a bit more relaxed and low key than the main awards soiree. Overall I was pleased with the results.

It was a fun night and host Shane (Kenny) Jacobsen did a terrific job -made me laugh quite a few times. The AFI anonymous meeting clip was a hoot.

“Animal Kingdom” won the Members Choice Award and  it was great to see “fun” producer Liz Watts up collecting her perspex prize, I expect to see her up there again tonight. AK also collected best music (Antony Partos & Sam Petty) and editing (Luke Doolan) on its way to a predicted sweep tonight.

“Bright Star” deservedly swept the visual honours picking up best production & costume design for the very talented and reclusive Janet Patterson and also best cinematography for Greig Fraser. Producer Jan Chapman looking very elegant as per usual graciously accepted on their behalf.

The box office hit “Tomorrow When The War Began” won for sound and recipient Andrew Plain gave the best speech of the night honouring the troopers of the industry who have stuck it out on both big budget and small films, continuing to add expertise on their home turf.

Low budget vampire flick “Daybreakers” won the visual effects award over  the bigger budget Tomorrow When War Began and I was very happy about that. Interesting how there were 4 people honoured but only one perspex trophy to share? Is this the case? or do they get one each later? I hope so. Surely the AFI aren’t that mean. The Oscars hand out one each.

Television awards were also handed out but I can’t be bothered reporting on those, call me old fashioned but I am not a big fan of TV being included unless they change their name to the Australian Film & TV Institute Awards then I might take notice.

The after party was a great chance for friends and colleagues to catch up and have a few drinks and it was a lot of fun. Tomorrow night there is the supposed more glamourous party with more of the actors and big name stars attending. I shall give you my account when I arise.

Having a catch up and chin wag at the after party –  (Claire Stewart director of the Sydney Film Festival, Bright Star’s producer Jan Chapman and production designer extraordinaire Melinda Doring (Boys Are Back, Somersault and the upcoming Fred Schepisi film The Eye Of The Storm).

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