Sophie Hyde’s feature film juggernaut 52 Tuesdays has continued with its award-winning accolades, taking out the South Australian Film Corporation’s Best Feature at the South Australian Screen Awards (SASA) announced on Saturday night in Adelaide.
As SA’s highest film accolades, the SASAs exhibit, celebrate, support and promote South Australian talent in the film industry and help local film-makers gain the attention of the established film industry.
Whyalla’s David Wade’s short comedy Welcome To Iron Knob took out five awards, including the Nine Network’s Best Comedy and the MRC’s Best Short Film; and youtube sensations Danny and Michael Phillipou were awarded the Kojo Best Direction prize.
Other winners at last night’s event include Living on Country – Irrunytju – a doco about the beginnings of an remote indigenous community near the borders od SA, WA and NT – that took out the AIDC’s Best Documentary; the awards for both Cutting Room’s Best Drama and Pro Av Solutions Best Cinematography went to Aaron Schuppan’s short film Pale Blue Dot, and Adelaide Artist Agency’s award for Best Performance was handed to James Smith for his lead role in Bird Bath.
This year marks the first that the SASAs have presented the award for Best Web Series, sponsored by Adelaide Film Festival. The inaugural winner, the animated series Paleda is described as an immersive & epic quest to reclaim a fantastical world from the destructive clutches of Giltine, queen of the Owls that was produced and directed by Luke Jurevicius.
This year also marks the first that all nominated films will be screened in a mini-film festival – Best of SASA Screenings. The films will be shown at the Mercury Cinema in the week immediately following the awards night (17 – 25 May). For more information, visit: www.mercurycinema.org.au for details.
Image: photo by Andre Castellucci