We recently attended the seventh annual Australians in Film Awards Gala in Los Angeles on the Paramount Studios lot. We were on the red carpet and conducted exclusive interviews with Damon Herriman, rapper Adam Briggs, Daniel Webber, Gia Carides, Stuart Beattie, and Bruna Papandrea. Check it all out below!
The Australian film industry turned out in style for the 7th Annual Australians in Film Awards tonight at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, presented by the non-profit organization Australians in Film (AiF).
The major annual star-studded fundraiser celebrates the achievements of Australian entertainment professionals and supports the foundation’s mission to usher Australian filmmakers into the international market and provide educational and career development programs.
The evening kicked off with a surprise performance by Indigenous Australian rapper Briggs. The fundraising event was hosted by actor, producer, director and writer Josh Lawson (The Little Death, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues).
Celebrating Australia’s impact on the entertainment industry, Monica Lewinsky presented Hannah Gadsby with the Create NSW Annette Kellerman Award presented with VOGUE Australia. In her multi-award winning and ground-breaking stand up special Nanette, Gadsby explored myriad social issues, which included critiquing the culture that made a punchline of Lewinsky.
The Screen Australia Breakthrough Award, recognising Australian screen talent who have had major international presence over the past year, was presented to The Flash and Love, Simon star Keiynan Lonsdale by I, Tonya and The Finest Hours director Craig Gillespie. The award was also presented to Sharp Objects star Eliza Scanlen, who was absent due to her shooting schedule on the upcoming film Little Women directed by Greta Gerwig opposite Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep.
Producer, writer and director Simon Kinberg (Deadpool, The Martian, Logan) presented Academy Award-winning film editor Lee Smith (Dunkirk,Inception) with the Fox Studios International Award, honouring his achievements internationally. Smith is currently editing Dark Phoenix, directed by Kinberg.
Producer Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Breaking Bad, Breath) received the Ausfilm International Award for his contribution to the Australian film industry, presented by Debra Richards, CEO of Ausfilm.
The final award of the evening was the Qantas Orry-Kelly International Award, which was awarded to Damon Herriman. In what is sure to be career-defining role, Herriman recently wrapped filming on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, where he played Charles Manson opposite Bard Pitt, Leonardo Di Caprio and Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate. Herriman was presented the award by his Justified and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood co-starTimothy Olyphant.
Our Exclusive Interviews
Rapper Adam Briggs:
About Australians in Film:
Founded in 2001, Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based non-profit screen organization that supports its members with career development and education programs including the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship, Mentor LA, Village Roadshow/Animal Logic Entertainment Internship, Greg Coote Fellowship, Gateway LA and The Writers Room. AiF is based at Charlie’s, a shared workspace at the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Charlie’s is a bespoke hub for business, collaboration and networking for the Australian screen community in Los Angeles and it is where AiF holds its industry education programs.
About The Paley Center for Media:
The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Center’s permanent media collection, which contains over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements, and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org.