The nominees for the second Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards have been unveiled, with Storm Surfers 3D (pictured) up for best feature-length doc, cinematography in a doc, and best editing in a documentary.
A Common Purpose from Mitzi Goldman, The Curse of the Gothic Symphony from Veronica Fury (ABC1), and Dr Sarmast’s Music School from Beth Frey (ABC1) are up against Ellenor Cox and Marcus Gillezeau’s Storm Surfers 3D for the best feature-length documentary award.
The nominees for best documentary under one hour are All the Way by Anne Delaney (ABC1), I Can Change Your Mind About Climate by Simon Nasht and Kate Hodges (ABC1), The Man Who Jumped by Julia Redwood and Ed Punchard (SBS), and Then The Wind Changed by Jeni McMahon and Celeste Geer (ABC1).
Meanwhile, the programs up for the award for best doc series are Go Back To Where You Came From from Rick McPhee (SBS); Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta by Jacob Hickey (SBS); Singapore 1942 – End of Empire by Andrew Ogilvie, Trevor Graham and Ned Lander (SBS); and Sporting Nation by Andrea Denholm, Lavinia Riachi, John Clarke and Laura Waters (ABC1).
Directors up for the best direction in a documentary include Polly Watkins for Dr Sarmast’s Music School (ABC1), Macario De Souza for Fighting Fear (Foxtel), Ivan O’Mahoney for Go Back To Where You Came From – Episode 2 (SBS), and Bernadine Lim for Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta – Episode 2 (SBS).
In TV, the nominees for best reality television series are The Amazing Race Australia from Michael McKay, Trent Chapman, David Gardner, Matt Kowald (Seven Network); MasterChef Australia – Series 4 from Tim Toni (Network Ten); My Kitchen Rules – Series 3 from Matt Apps, Greg Swanborough and Evan Wilkes (Seven Network); and The Voice from Julie Ward (Nine Network).
The full list, including best cinematography, editing and sound in a documentary, can be seen here. The winners will be announced at the second annual AACTA Awards ceremony on January 30.
In addition, the AACTA has launched a campaign for 10 more award categories, including best original music score in a documentary. Information about the campaign and a petition can be found here.