The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has recognized filmmaker Janine Hosking as the recipient of the 20th annual Stanley Hawes Award.
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 from 1946‐1969.
An award-winning documentary director and producer, Hosking’s career highlights include producing and directing the documentary features My Khmer Heart, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2000, and Ganja Queen for HBO.
Her latest feature-length documentary, The Eulogy (pictured), was last year nominated for an AACTA Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the Australian film and television industry. The 98-minute documentary 35 Letters, meanwhile, won Hosking best documentary honors at the Sydney Film Festival in 2014.
“I had no idea that AIDC was considering me for this award, so it comes as a complete surprise,” said Hosking in a statement. “As those in the industry know, the documentary landscape has become increasingly challenging so I deeply appreciate that my work as an indie filmmaker is being acknowledged with this award.
“I thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career — in particular, the incredible people who have featured in my films and entrusted me to tell their stories.”
Hosking now joins a notable group of Stanley Hawes Awards recipients which includes such Australian luminaries as James Bradley (2019), Curtis Levy (2018), Sonya Pemberton (2016) and Julia Overton (2012).
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Event organizers will present Hosking with the Stanley Hawes Award during the Monday morning opening address.
The 2020 edition of AIDC begins this weekend, running March 1 to March 4 at State Library Victoria in Melbourne.