The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has recognized filmmaker James Bradley as the recipient of the 19th annual Stanley Hawes Award.
Bradley has worked throughout the Australian film and television industry for more than 35 years, primarily as an editor but also as producer and director. His editing credits include a number of award‐winning Australian Indigenous projects, including Rachel Perkins’ debut feature Radiance and documentaries Whispering in Our Hearts, Dhakiyarr vs The King, Mr Patterns, 5 Seasons, In My Father’s Country, First Australians and Occupation: Native.
Bradley’s numerous accolades include sharing the 1994 AFI Best Documentary Award for 50 Years of Silence, and winning the AFI Non‐Feature Editing Award for Mr Patterns in 2005.
His work as producer includes Sonja Dare’s comedic documentary Destiny In Alice (2007); Ochre and Ink (2011), which he co‐produced and directed; and Blown Away (2014), which he co‐produced and edited.
The acclaimed filmmaker is currently in development on the feature documentary Welcome to Babel, about a monumental new painting on the history of Communism by renowned Chinese‐Australian artist Jiawei Shen.
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.
“I am truly honored to receive the Stanley Hawes Award, which this year acknowledges the crucial role of editors in the creation of documentaries,” said Bradley in a statement. “This award gives me the opportunity to add my voice to those calling for reforms in funding and distribution models to support significant one‐off Australian documentaries.”
Bradley, who will be feted with the award on March 4, joins previous recipients that include such Australian documentary luminaries as Curtis Levy (2018), Brian Beaton (2017), Sonya Pemberton (2016), Chris Hilton (2014) and Julia Overton (2012).
The 2019 edition of AIDC which taps the documentary, factual and unscripted industry Down Under, runs from March 3 to 6 in Melbourne, Australia, at the ACMI in Federation Square.