13 December 2016
The 2017 AACTA Awards were announced last week, with a host of Victorian talent and productions named among the winners.
Supported by Film Victoria, the acclaimed ABC comedy series Upper Middle Bogan took the prize for Best Television Comedy Series, with recognition going to Victorian producers Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope and Ben Grogan.
Best Television Drama Series went to Wentworth, also made with support from Film Victoria, recognising Victorian local producer Pino Amenta.
Victorian producer Andrew Walker was acknowledged for his role in The Kettering Incident, which took the award for Best Telefeature or Mini Series. Melbourne native Elizabeth Debicki won Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama for her role in the production.
Samuel Johnson's start turn in Molly earned him Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama while Celia Pacquola took the award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama for her role in The Beautiful Lie.
Behind the scenes, Ben Joss won Best Editing in Television for Wentworth Episode 3 and Edie Kurzer won Best Costume Design in Television for Molly.
Best Original Music Score went Tanna, a Victorian production that won the Audience Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.
Finally, Victorians made a strong showing in the AACTA Documentary category with Best Feature Length Documentary going to Chasing Asylum producer Eva Orner and Best Original Music Score in a Documentary going to Cezary Skubiszewski for Monsieur Mayonnaise.
Best Cinematography in a Documentary went to Dan Jackson for In the Shadow of the Hill. Dan shared the Best Editing in a Documentary prize with Steven Robinson for the same film.
Both Monsieur Mayonnaise and In the Shadow of the Hill were supported by Film Victoria.