Trailer: Mad Max Fury Road
From director George Miller comes this belated return to the post-apocalyptic world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
April 1, 2015
In the year it became a worldwide hit, the acclaim for Mad Max: Fury Road is continuing.
Director George Miller’s return to the action film series has dominated the first instalment of this year’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.
Swag of awards: Tom Hardy as Max and Charlize Theron as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. Photo: Jasin Boland
It has won six prizes at the AACTA Industry Dinner in Sydney: best cinematography, editing, production design, original music score, sound and visual effects.
Fury Road was only pipped for two awards: the family film Paper Planes won best original screenplay for Robert Connolly and Steve Worland, and The Dressmaker’s Marion Boyce and Margot Wilson won best costume design.
The industry awards – the lead-up to the main televised ceremony next week – reflect the technical brilliance of a film that is considered a realistic chance of landing Oscar nominations for best editing, production design and visual effects next month.
Award winner: Margot Wilson designed the costumes worn by Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker. Photo: Steven Siewert
After four instalments, Miller could still return to the Mad Max series, with discussions underway about two planned sequels.
Margaret Sixel won best editing for the heroic job of working through 480 hours of footage to craft a film that won glowing reviews internationally.
She thanked Miller, her husband, for convincing her to go on what she called a crazy road trip.
Winner: Production designer Colin Gibson atop the War Rig from Mad Max: Fury Road. Photo: Peter Rae
“It was a bit bumpy, hit a few potholes, but ultimately was exhilarating,” she said.
Cinematographer John Seale, an Oscar winner for The English Patient who has also been nominated for Witness, Rain Man and Cold Mountain, was rewarded for a gruelling shoot in the Namibian desert after persistent rain forced a switch from Broken Hill.
At a ceremony hosted colourfully by actor Rob Carlton, best adapted screenplay went to Reg Cribb and Jeremy Sims’ Last Cab To Darwin over two other films based on stage plays, Holding the Man and Ruben Guthrie.
Stunning costumes: Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker.
Director Adam Elliot, who won an Oscar for Harvie Krumpet more than a decade ago, won best short animation for Ernie Biscuit.
He considers the film, about a deaf Parisian taxidermist, to be the second part of a trilogy that started with the earlier short.
Best short fiction film went to Nulla Nulla, a comedy about a young policeman’s first experience on a remote Aboriginal community. It was directed by rising talent Dylan River, whose parents are Samson and Delilah director Warwick Thornton and producer Penelope McDonald.
The Killing Season, Sarah Ferguson’s series about the turmoil of the Rudd-Gillard leadership years, won best documentary television program.
“So what is it that everybody in this room wants in anything they’ve made?” said Ferguson. “They want characters.
“What did we have? Top characters.”
Ferguson praised “beautiful cinematographer” Louie Eroglu and “brilliant editor” Lile Judickas who took “non-fiction, documentary, politics – what the hell – and turned it into drama.”
That Sugar Film, Damon Gameau’s hit about the dangers of sugar in the diet, won best feature documentary.
“It was a beast of a film to put together,” Gameau said, adding: “George Orwell said that in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. So here’s to documentaries.”
While it missed the main award, Only The Dead, about journalist Michael Ware’s harrowing war experiences in Iraq, won best direction, editing and sound in a documentary.
Best light entertainment television series went to The Weekly With Charlie Pickering ahead of three other ABC shows – Dirty Laundry Live, Judith Lucy Is All Woman and Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery.
The award for best children’s series was a surprise with Ready For This beating three higher-profile shows that also screen on ABC3 – Little Lunch, The New Adventures of Figaro Pho and Nowhere Boys.
In other television awards, Peter Allen – Not The Boy Next Door won best direction in a drama or comedy and best costume design. The World War I drama Deadline Gallipoli also won two awards – best cinematography and best sound in television.
In one of the night’s most popular awards, best performance in a television comedy went to Celia Pacquola, who played a frustrated bureaucrat in Utopia.
“I’ve forgotten everything I’ve ever known,” she said as she took to the stage, having won ahead of Emily Taheny from Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and both Nathan Lovejoy and puppet Randy from Sammy J & Randy In Ricketts Lane.
“There’s been a lot of talk this week about nominations and comedy,” Pacquola said. “Looking at the group that I’m in, I’m very happy to look at that list: it has two women and a purple man in it. Here’s to diversity.”
FULL LIST OF WINNERS AT THE AACTA INDUSTRY DINNER
BEST CHILDREN’S TELEVISION SERIES
READY FOR THIS Darren Dale, Miranda Dear, Joanna Werner (ABC3)
BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION SERIES
THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING Charlie Pickering, Kevin Whyte, Chris Walker, Frank Bruzzese (ABC)
BEST DIRECTION IN A TELEVISION DRAMA OR COMEDY
PETER ALLEN – NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR Episode 2 Shawn Seet (Seven Network)
BEST DIRECTION IN A TELEVISION LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT OR REALITY SERIES
HIPSTERS Episode 1 – What Is A Hipster? Seth Larney (SBS2)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION COMEDY
Celia Pacquola UTOPIA (ABC)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN TELEVISION
DEADLINE GALLIPOLI Part 1 Geoffrey Hall ACS (Foxtel Showcase)
BEST EDITING IN TELEVISION
REDFERN NOW – PROMISE ME Nicholas Holmes ASE (ABC)
BEST SOUND IN TELEVISION
DEADLINE GALLIPOLI Part 1 Des Kenneally, Robert Mackenzie, Liam Price, Jed Dodge, Justine Angus, John Simpson (Foxtel Showcase)
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE IN TELEVISION
GLITCH Episode 4 Cornel Wilczek (ABC)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION
THE SECRET RIVER Part 1 Herbert Pinter (ABC)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN IN TELEVISION
PETER ALLEN – NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR Episode 1 Jenny Miles (Seven Network)
BEST SHORT ANIMATION
ERNIE BISCUIT Adam Elliot
BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
NULLA NULLA Dylan River, Tanith Glynn-Maloney
BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
THAT SUGAR FILM Nick Batzias, Damon Gameau
BEST DOCUMENTARY TELEVISION PROGRAM PRESENTED BY FOXTEL MOVIES
THE KILLING SEASON Deborah Masters, Sarah Ferguson (ABC)
BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY
ONLY THE DEAD Bill Guttentag, Michael Ware
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A DOCUMENTARY
LIFE ON THE REEF Episode 1 Nick Robinson, Luke Peterson, Jon Shaw (ABC)
BEST EDITING IN A DOCUMENTARY
ONLY THE DEAD Jane Moran
BEST SOUND IN A DOCUMENTARY
ONLY THE DEAD Steve Burgess, Leah Katz, Andy Wright, Chris Goodes CAS
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE IN A DOCUMENTARY
SHERPA Antony Partos
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
PAPER PLANES Robert Connolly, Steve Worland
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
LAST CAB TO DARWIN Reg Cribb, Jeremy Sims
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD John Seale ASC, ACS
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Margaret Sixel
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Ben Osmo, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, David White, Mark Mangini, Scott Hecker, Wayne Pashley
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Colin Gibson
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
THE DRESSMAKER Marion Boyce, Margot Wilson
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS OR ANIMATION
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Andrew Jackson, Holly Radcliffe, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams, Tom Wood, Fiona Crawford