Recognising the achievements of design professionals in the Australian film, television, theatre, interactive multimedia and event industries, the Australian Production Design Guild (APDG) Awards comprise 18 categories including Docklands Studios Melbourne Award for Design on a Feature Film and APDG Award for Design on a TV Drama.

Leading the nomination charge is Baz Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY, with 8 nominations including ‘MEAA Award for Set Decoration on a Feature Film’, ‘The WYSIWYG Award for Visual Effects Design’ and ‘Docklands Studios Melbourne Award for Design on a Feature Film’. Australian box office success THE SAPPHIRES, directed by Wayne Blair, has been nominated for 4 awards including ‘Hero Frock Hire Award for Costume Design for Screen’ and ‘MAC Cosmetics Awards for Make-up and Prosthetic Make-up Design’.

This year there are 3 nominees in the running for the prestigious ‘APDG Award for Set Design for Stage’ including Peter England for the epic production KING KONG, and Michael Hankin – who has received 2 nominations for his work on both 247 DAYS and ANGELS IN AMERICA.

Designers and design professionals in the television, interactive multimedia and event industries have also been honoured with Dan Patmore being nominated for ‘Next Printing Award for Design on a TV Production’ for his work on MY KITCHEN RULES – Series 4, George Liddle for ‘Photoplay Award for Design on an Advertisement’ for his work on the TASMANIAN TOURISM commercial, and Brent Grayburn – Cutting Edge who has been nominated for ‘Event Cinemas Award for Title Design’ for the ARIA AWARDS 2012.

The winners will be announced at the annual APDG Awards Ceremony to be held at Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction in Sydney on Tuesday 19th November at 7pm.

Due to work commitments in London, Stephan Elliott is unable to present the 2013 APDG Awards, as previously announced. This year the Awards will be hosted by writer, actor, pianist and composer, Phil Scott. Among his many credits, Scott is one of the co-creators and stars of the annual political satire The Wharf Revue at the Sydney Theatre Company. He has also penned many cabaret shows including; Newley Discovered (starring Hugh Sheridan, written with Dean Bryant), Pop Princess, Fat Swan and Little Orphan Trashley (all with Trevor Ashley) – and has written and performed in several ABC TV series including; The Gillies Report, Three Men and a Baby Grand, and Good News Week.

The importance of the APDG Awards is not only to recognise the achievement of great design, but to showcase great design to the wider film, theatre, television and interactive industries and to the world.

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