Nominations for the The 6th AACTA Awards – Indigenous Films well represented

On Thursday 27th October, the nominations for the 6th annual AACTA awards were announced. The AACTA’s are the most prestigious awards ceremony for film and television in Australia. This year numerous Indigenous films were nominated for many different awards. These nominations are an excellent endorsement for the Indigenous film industry, as it illustrates that Indigenous films are worth seeing and being made. 

The AACTA awards (previously the AFI Awards) was launched in 2011 by the Australian Film Institute (AFI). The primary role of AACTA is to “recognise, encourage, promote and celebrate film and television excellence in Australia through the nation’s highest screen accolades”. AACTA is overseen by AACTA President, Geoffrey Rush, and an Honorary Council comprising more than 50 of Australia’s most outstanding film and television practitioners and performers.

While the AFI Awards were previously held in December, the AACTA awards are now held in January. This change was orchestrated so that the awards would be able to sit in the ‘International Film Awards’ calendar and be recognised as an international awards ceremony. Consequently the awards are now slotted between the Golden Globes (early January) and the Academy Awards (February). 

groupCate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Russell Crowe at the 2013 AACTA Awards | Picture Source- Styleicons

Indigenous Nominee’s – 2016 AACTA Awards



Official Poster – Goldstone (2016) | Picture Source – IMDB Goldstone

Ivan Sen’s 2016 film ‘Goldstone‘ leads the nominations, for the most recognised Indigenous film. Goldstone follows the story of Indigenous Detective Jay Swan, who arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons enquiry. What seems like a simple light duties investigation opens a web of crime and corruption. Jay must pull his life together and work with the young local cop Josh, so they can bring justice to Goldstone. 

The following list are the nominations Goldstone received for the 6th AACTA Awards – 

  1. Best Film – Goldstone – Greer Simpkin, David Jowsey
  2. Best Direction – Goldstone – Ivan Sen
  3. Best original screenplay – Goldstone – Ivan Sen
  4. Best editing – Goldstone – Ivan Sen
  5. Best production design – Goldstone – Matt Putland


Alex Russell and Aaron Pederson in ‘Goldstone’ | Picture Source – SBS Ivan Sen’s ‘Goldstone’

TANNA (2015) 


Official Poster – Tanna (2015) | Picture Source – IMDB Tanna

The 2015 film Tanna is the second Indigenous film that has been recognised in the 6th AACTA Awards. The film, an Australia/Vanuatu co-production, is a Romeo and Juliet story set in one of the world’s last tribal societies. It is the first feature film shot entirely in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu.  None of the ‘cast’ had ever acted before, but they passionately and naturally re-created this real-life story from recent tribal history. Although this film is based in the Island nations and was not shot on Australian soil, it is still included in my list of Indigenous films, due to the ‘tribal’ and ‘societal’ qualities. 

The following list are the nominations Tanna received for the 6th AACTA Awards – 

  1. Best Film – Tanna – Martin Butler ADG, Bentley Dean ADG, Carolyn Johnson
  2. Best Direction – Tanna – Bentley Dean ADG, Martin Butler ADG
  3. Best cinematography – Tanna – Bentley Dean ADG
  4. Best sound – Tanna – Emma Bortignon, James Ashton, Martin Butler ADG 
  5. Best original music score – Tanna – Antony Partos AGSC


SPEAR (2015) – Honorable Mention


Official Poster – Spear (2015) | Picture Source – IMDB Spear

An honorable mention goes to the 2015 Indigenous film Spear, that received two AACTA nominations. The film received nominations for Best cinematography (Bonnie Elliott) and Best costume design (Jennifer Irwin). Spear tells a contemporary Aboriginal story through movement and dance.Featuring dancers from the highly acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre, this is an intimate journey that brings modern day mythology to the screen. 

The AACTA Awards main televised ceremony will be in Sydney on December 7.

Please follow this link to see ALL the nominees for the 2016 AACTA Awards –


Cover Photo Source – AACTA Homepage


Indigenous Series: Indigenous Television Shows

Today is the second post dedicated to the ‘Indigenous Series’! While this campaign is focused on promoting Indigenous films,  Indigenous Television plays a big part in the Australian film and entertainment industry.
National Indigenous Television Channel (NITV)
Indigenous television shows came into prominence in 2007, as the National Indigenous Television Channel (NITV) was established. NITV is a channel ‘made by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.’ While the channel is primarily catered towards Indigenous Australians, it is also directed towards a non-Indigenous audience. NITV mostly commissions or seeks content from the Indigenous production sector. It also hosts the only daily national news program, that covers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island stories.
NITV News – On Nightly | For More Information Visit –
How to view NITV
NITV is available to view in 95% of Australians homes. You can view the programs on NITV through free-to-air and a number of additional platforms, such as Foxtel and Austar (Channel 144), TransACT, FreeView and VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television).
Redfern Now 
Redfern Now | Picture SourceABC TV (Redfern Now)
In 2012 the Indigenous television show ‘Redfern Now’ was screened on ABC TV. It was the first drama series written, directed and produced by Indigenous Australians.The series told a number of stories about Indigenous Australians living in the Sydney suburb of Redfern. The first series was directed by Indigenous stars- Rachel Perkins (Mabo, Bran Nue Dae) and Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy), and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Wish You Were Here).
Cleverman | Picture SourceMTN Wiki (Cleverman-English TV Show Series)
In June of this year, Cleverman was screened on ABC TV. The show reimagines several stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. However, there is a twist! The show is set in the near future and focuses on a group of non-humans battling for survival, amongst creatures from ancient mythology. The show stars Hunter Page-Lochard (as KOEN WEST) – one of two Indigenous brothers who are forced together to fight for their survival!
The show has been received very well and has aired on the Sundance Channel in the US. Rotten Tomatoes gave the season a rating of 88% (which is very good!!).
The Warriors
In 2017 a new Indigenous comedy series will screen on ABC! The TV show titled ‘THE WARRIORS’ is set in the world of Australian Rules Football. The show explores the elite world of professional sport, as seen through the eyes of two two new players and two established team members.
The lead member of the cast, 18 year old Gordan Churchill will make his acting debut as Maki. Churchill was found in the remote Indigenous community of Warmun in the Kimberley Region.
This show is a fabulous endorsement for Indigenous Film and Television in Australia! Many of the creatives are some of the countries finest Indigenous talent, including series creator Tony Briggs (The Sapphires) and Catriona McKenzie (The Circuit, Redfern Now).