Kirsty McGregor and Gemma Brown won Best Casting in a Feature Film for ‘Hearts and Bones’.
The Casting Guild of Australia (CGA) named 10 actors as its top emerging talent of 2019 and celebrated the best casting of the year at its annual awards Friday evening in Melbourne.
Leading the winners was Kirsty McGregor, who took home three awards, including Best Casting in a TV Comedy for Foxtel’s Mr Inbetween (series 2) and further two with colleague Gemma Brown, including Best Casting in A Feature Film for Hearts and Bones, and Achievement in Casting for ABC children’s series The Unlisted.
Annie Murtagh-Monks won Best Casting in a TV Drama for her work on The Heights series 1, while Best Casting in a TV Miniseries and Telemovie went to Angela Heesom for SBS’s The Hunting. Best Casting in a Short Film went to Stevie Ray for Strangers.
The 2019 CGA Rising Stars include: Bolude Watson (Hearts and Bones), Joe Klocek (The Dry), Kavitha Anandasivam (The Hunting), Mavournee Hazel (My Life Is Murder), Morgan Davies (upcoming Foxtel mini-series The End), Pacharo Mzembe (Monster Problems), Phoenix Raei (Romper Stomper), Shantae Barnes-Cowan (Total Control), Tasia Zalar (Mystery Road) and Zoe Terakes (Janet King).
Of the Rising Stars, CGA president McGregor said: “Casting directors are privileged to meet actors in the audition room very early in their careers and the members of the Casting Guild decided to create the Rising Stars to recognise and celebrate just some of the stand outs every year.
“The talent in Australia is immense and every year it’s a difficult task for the CGA to narrow this list down to just 10. Past recipients have gone on to great success and we expect our ‘Class of 2019’ to be no different.”
The full list of 2019 CGA Award winners include:
Best Casting in A Feature Film
Hearts and Bones – Kirsty McGregor & Gemma Brown
Best Casting in a Short Film
Strangers – Stevie Ray
Best Casting In a TV Comedy
Mr Inbetween Series 2 – Kirsty McGregor
Best Casting in a TV Drama
The Heights Series 1 – Annie Murtagh-Monks
Best Casting in a TV Miniseries & Telemovie
The Hunting – Angela Heesom with non CGA member
Achievement in Casting
The Unlisted – Kirsty McGregor and Gemma Brown
Best Casting in a Theatre Production
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Janine Snape with non CGA Member
Best Casting in a TVC – Community
Kellogg’s ‘My Perfect Bowl’ – Lucky Price
Best Casting in a TVC
Westpac ‘Beirut’ – Peta Einberg