Awards round-up: “Whiteley,” “Faces Places” pick up doc awards

Australian Survivor and Whiteley pick up ACCTA awards Australian Survivor and Whiteley were among the factual titles to pick up awards during the seventh annual Australia Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) awards on ...
December 4, 2017

Australian Survivor and Whiteley pick up ACCTA awards

Australian Survivor and Whiteley were among the factual titles to pick up awards during the seventh annual Australia Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) awards on Monday (Dec. 4).

A total of 35 awards were presented for achievements in screen craft excellence across feature film, television, online, short film and documentary. The first winners were announced in Sydney at an industry luncheon held at The Star Event Centre.

Australian Survivor took home the award for Best Direction in a Television Light Entertainment, Lifestyle or Reality Series, while the feature-length documentary Whiteley received four awards: Best Direction in a Documentary, Best Editing in a Documentary, Best Original Music Score in a Documentary and Best Sound in a Documentary.

Other winners included War on Waste, which took home hardware for Best Documentary Television Program, Blue, which won for Best Cinematography in a Documentary, and Casting JonBenet, which took home the AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary.

The remaining batch of this year’s award recipients will be announced at the AACTA Awards Ceremony on Dec. 6, held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

Below is a list of the documentary winners.


Best Feature Length Documentary
Casting JonBenet 
Kitty Green, Scott Macaulay, James Schamus

Best Documentary Television Program
War on Waste
Jodi Boylan – ABC

Best Direction in a Documentary
James Bogle

Best Cinematography in a Documentary
Jody Muston, Jon Shaw

Best Editing in a Documentary
Lawrie Silvestrin

Best Sound in a Documentary
Ric Curin, John Simpson, Lawrie Silvestrin

Best Original Music Score in a Documentary
Ash Gibson Greig

The Gospel According to Andre wins World Doc Award at the Whistler Film Festival

Director Kate Novack’s The Gospel According to Andre was the recipient of the World Documentary Award at the 17th annual Whistler Film Festival held in Whistler, British Columbia.

“The winner of the world documentary award delivers a fascinating portrait of a larger-than-life personality, but admirably escapes the trappings of simple biography by revealing how a towering, influential figure still thrives in an imperfect world,” the jury said of the doc.

A total of 15 awards were presented for achievements in film on Sunday (Dec. 3), during the awards celebration held on the last day of the festival.

The jury also gave an honourable mention to director Alan Zweig for his feature There is a House Here — a doc that took Zweig to Canada’s North to learn about culture and identity with his pen pal and tour guide, Inuk rock singer Lucie Idlout.

The International ShortWork Award went to Fear Us Women directed by David Darg. The film follows Canadian civilian Hanna Bohman, who has spent years voluntarily battling ISIS and liberating women in Syria

The jury said of Fear Us Women: “Compelling from the opening minute, this honest and raw documentary is an unflinching look at the fearless women on the battle front in Syria. It’s a gritty and honest story with an amazing message — one that needs to be told.”

Faces Places takes LAFCA award

Agnès Varda’s doc collaboration with French street artist JR Faces Places picked up The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film award.

The film (pictured), which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, follows Varda, now in her 80s, as she and JR travel across rural France. The pair meet with all kinds of people, from coal miners to cheese makers, resulting in monochromatic portraits that JR develops and attaches to local buildings.

Faces Places already picked up the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year as well as the 2017 Cannes Golden Eye doc prize.

Director Brett Morgen’s doc Jane, which features British primatologist Jane Goodall, was a runner-up in the category.





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