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AFI AWARDS

THE AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE (AFI) AWARDS 1964-1975
(under construction)

1964
TRANSFIGURATION (Honourable Mention) (prod. Arkaba Film Ltd.)
 
1965
FACES IN THE SUN (Gold) (prod. Cecil Holmes)
 
1966
Grand Prix not awarded
Bronze award: THE ADMIRAL’S CUP (Jackson, Wain & Co)
 
1967
Grand Prix not awarded
INTERACTION: MOVING AND PAINTING (Silver) (Gil Brealey/ABC)
 
1968
THE DROVER’S WIFE (Silver) (Alan Ashbolt/ABC)
 
1969
JACK AND JILL: A POSTSCRIPT (Silver) (Phillip Adams & Brian Robinson)
 
1970
THREE TO GO: “Michael” (Grand Prix) (dir: Gil Brealey)
 
1971
HOMESDALE (Grand Prix) (Richard Brennan & Grahame Bond)
Paddington Lace (GR) (d. Chris McCullough)
 
1972
STORK (Gold) Tim Burstall
 
1973
LIBIDO: The Child (Tim Burstall) / 27A (Gold) (Hayden Keenan)
 
1974/5
SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY (Golden Reel) (Gil Brealey & Matt Carroll)


BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION
 
1971
Peter Weir (HOMESDALE)
 
1972
Tim Burstall (STORK)
 
1973
Eric Porter (MARCO POLO JUNIOR VS THE RED DRAGON)
 
1974/5
John Power (BILLY AND PERCY)


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (inaugurated 1972)
 
1972
Bruce Spence (STORK)
 
1973
Robert McDarra (27A)
 
1974/5
Jack Thompson (PETERSEN and SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY)
Martin Vaughan (BILLY AND PERCY)
 
 
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE (inaugurated 1971)
 
1971
Monica Maughan (A CITY’S CHILD)
 
1972
Jacki Weaver (STORK)
 
1973
Judy Morris (LIBIDO: “The Child”)
 
1974/5
Julie Dawson (WHO KILLED JENNY LANGBY?)


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
(1958-73 no award)
 
1974/5
Barry Humphries (THE GREAT MACARTHY) / Reg Lye (SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY)
 
 
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
(Inaugurated in 1967. Until 1973 the award was known as Film Editors Guild of Australia Award)
 
1967
Peter Thompson (CARDIN IN AUSTRALIA)
 
1968
Stefan Sargent (THE CHANGE AT GROOTE)
 
1969
Peter Tammer (AND THEN THERE WAS GLASS)
 
1970
Rod Adamson (BIG ISLAND)
 
1971
no award
 
1972
award withheld
 
1973
David Stiven (ONE HUNDRED A DAY)
 
1974/5
no award


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (inaugurated 1974)
 
1974/5
David Williamson (Petersen)


BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE (inaugurated in 1974)
 
1974/5
Bruce Smeaton (THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS and THE GREAT MACARTHY)


THE RAYMOND LONGFORD AWARD
(This award is not automatically awarded each year. The AFI’s Board of Directors first awarded it in 1968, and it is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Australian film-making.)
 
1968
Ian Dunlop
 
1970
Stanley Hawes


DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILMS
(Following are the best in each category when such an award was made in any year. Individuals were not cited in the early years.)
 
1964
Grand Prix not awarded
Documentary – Gold Award (shared):
THE DANCING CLASS d. Tom Cowan
and
I, THE ABORIGINAL d. Cecil Holmes
 
1965
Grand Prix not awarded
Travel (Gold Award) - FROM THE TROPICS TO THE SNOW (d. Richard Mason)
(CLAY by Giorgio Mangiamele received a cinematography silver medallion, and went on to be Australia's first entry in competition at the Cannes Film Festival)
 
1966
Documentary (Golden Reel Award) - CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA
Public Relations (Golden Reel Award) - PEOPLE MAKE PAPERS d. Fred Schepisi
 
1967
Documentary (Golden Reel Award) - CARDIN IN AUSTRALIA
Citation for Outstanding Merit (out of Competition) - DESERT PEOPLE d. Ian Dunlop
 
1968
Grand Prix not awarded
Documentary (Golden Reel Award) - THE CHANGE AT GROOTE, THE TALGAI SKULL
 
1969
Grand Prix not awarded
Documentary (Golden Reel Award) BULLOCKY, THE DIE-HARD, THE LEGEND AT LASSETER'S REEF
 
1970
Documentary (Golden Reel Award) - THE GALLERY
Public Relations (Golden Reel Award) SYMPHONY IN STEEL
Bronze Reel Award: "The Short Sell" - DELTA, Ep. 13, ABC-TV
 
1971
Documentary (Golden Reel Award) A BIG HAND FOR EVERYONE (Bruce Petty)
General (Golden Reel Award) THIS MAN
 
1972
Gold Award Documentary: JACKPOT TOWN
Gold Award Advertising: ADELAIDE-DARWIN ON STEEL
 
1973
Documentary (Gold Award) TIDEKAWA AND FRIENDS
General (Gold Award) MARCO POLO JUNIOR VERSUS THE RED DRAGON
 
1974-5
Documentary (Golden Reel Award) MR SYMBOL MAN
General (Golden Reel Award) BILLY AND PERCY
Advertising (Golden Reel Award) DRUM MATCHES
 

NOTES

THE AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE (AFI) AWARDS 1964-1975
First introduced in 1958, the AFI Awards were established to providing a stimulus to Australian film producers and to draw attention to the latest achievements in the industry. The inaugural awards were part of the Melbourne Film Festival and not until 1959 were they solely conducted by the AFI.
 
In the early years the majority of entries were documentaries and sponsored films made by government film departments or private companies. This reflected the fact that there were no Australian-made full length feature films produced from the inception of the AFI Awards until Tim Burstall’s 2000 WEEKS in 1969.
 
The awards were originally decided by a three-member jury, nominated by the Institute, and awards were made in six categories — documentary, public relations, experimental, teaching, advertising, and an open category. Awards in each category were made on a merit scale (i.e. gold, silver, bronze, etc.). Complete  information on winners in each category for each year is sketchy and is still being compiled. Any additional information would be most welcome.
 
In the early years of the awards, the award presentations were very small affairs and the lack of information about other nominees is due to that fact that there are few primary sources of verification. By 1970/71 the number of films being entered had increased dramatically and the majority of prizes were being won by fictional feature films. This is directly attributable to the establishment of the Experimental Film and Television Fund, which provided the first reliable and ongoing source of finance for new Australian film projects.

By 1974/75, following the establishment of government backed film funding bodies (notably Film Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation) the number of feature films being entered had increased dramatically, to the point where it was deemed necessary to abolish the jury system in the feature section and replace with with a ballot, voted by all AFI members.

REFERENCES / LINKS

Australian Film Institute
http://www.afi.org.au/

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