2017 Shaping up to be a great year for Australian Film!
After a record-breaking 13 Academy Awards® nominations for Australian films, Australia's Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace received the Oscar® for Achievement in Sound Mixing (Hacksaw Ridge) and John Gilbert for Achievement in Film Editing (Hacksaw Ridge).
This year’s Academy Awards® were historic for the local industry, as it was the first time two Australian films were nominated for Best Picture (Lion, Hacksaw Ridge) and the first time an Australia film scored a nomination in the Foreign Language Film category (Tanna). The 13 nominations were in addition to Australians working on foreign films, including Jason Billington nominated as part of the Deepwater Horizon team for Achievement in Visual Effects.
The Academy Awards® round out what has been an incredible summer of success for the Australian screen industry, with the six films selected for the Sundance Film Festival and nine films for the Berlinale, including the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film Wolfeand the prestigious Berlinale Camera for Geoffrey Rush.
Commercially, documentary Casting JonBenet and thriller Berlin Syndrome were snapped up by Netflix, Cargo became the first Australian Netflix original feature, and Hacksaw Ridge and Lion continue to do incredible business at the worldwide box office - AUD$231m and AUD$109m respectively as of February 23, 2017. Lion has also joined the history books, now counted amongst the all-time top 20 Australian films at the UK and US box office, and is fast approaching the top 5 locally. Lion was also the first Australian film since 1986’s Crocodile Dundee to top the Australian box office for three consecutive weekends.
There are high hopes that other Australian feature titles will follow this trend including Jasper Jones (released March 2), Dance Academy (April 6), Simon Baker’s director debut in Breath, Flammable Children, Cargo, Hotel Mumbai, Mountain and Three Summers to name a few.
The Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles looks forward to promoting Australian screen content, industry expertise and Australian culture.