The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has recognized filmmaker Curtis Levy (pictured) with the 18th annual Stanley Hawes Award.
The indie docmaker has over 40 years’ experience, with recent credits including The Matilda Candidate (2009), which follows the filmmaker’s journey to be elected to Australian parliament; The President Versus David Hicks (2004), about the Australian Taliban fighter; and Hephzibah (1998), about the acclaimed concert pianist and human rights activist Hephzibah Menuhin.
Additional acclaimed films include High Noon in Jakarta (2001), which profiles the first democratically elected president of Indonesia; and Breakout (1984), about the mass suicidal breakout of Japanese prisoners-of-war from their camp in Australia.
The honor is bestowed upon a person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the documentary sector in Australia. It pays tribute to its namesake, Stanley Hawes, a prolific factual filmmaker and first producer-in-chief of the Australian Film Board.
Levy, who will be feted with the award on March 5, joins previous recipients that include such Australian documentary luminaries as Brian Beaton (2017), Sonya Pemberton (2016), Chris Hilton (2014) and Julia Overton (2012).
“I really appreciate receiving this award, particularly at a time when cutting edge or, dare I say, controversial documentaries are under fire. This award will give me renewed ammunition to rejoin the battle,” Levy said in a statement.
Elsewhere, AIDC has appointed ABC’s Josie Mason-Campbell to the organization’s board of directors. Mason-Campell currently serves as head of non-scripted production at the Australian pubcaster.
“The AIDC is one of the most successful factual and documentary conferences in the world. It’s importance to local and international film-makers and producers and broadcasters like the ABC can’t be underestimated. It’s a privilege to join the Board,” Mason-Campell added.