Eternity Man wins in Lucerne
Press release from ABC TV
The Eternity Man, the film opera produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia and Illuminations Media for ABC TV and Channel 4 in the UK and directed by Julien Temple, last night in Europe, won the prestigious international Rose d’Or Award for Best Performing Arts program.
The Rose d’Or Awards, held annually in Lucerne, Switzerland, honour originality, quality and creativity in entertainment programming, and encourage excellence in television and new media.
The Eternity Man, which screened on ABC TV in January, was the only Australian nominee in the Rose d’Or Awards and, in the Best Performing Arts category, was up against five other nominees including BBC Four Sessions: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and La Traviata at Zurich Main Station.
Goalpost Pictures Australia Producer Rosemary Blight said: “The Eternity Man is a film I feel privileged to produce. It was thrilling to bring together an inspiring collaborative team, including our director Julien Temple, the late celebrated poet Dorothy Porter and internationally-regarded Australian contemporary composer Jonathan Mills, to produce a something genuinely unique, sumptuous and exciting.”
“I’m grateful my British Co-Producer John Wyver from Illuminations Media, our amazing cast and our broadcasters, ABC TV and Channel 4 UK.”
ABC TV Head of Arts, Entertainment and Comedy, Amanda Duthie says “It’s thrilling that this unique collaboration received such a prestigious TV arts prize.”
In 2006, Australian Chris Lilley won a Rose d’Or for Best Male Comedy Performance and Girl in a Mirror won the Arts and Specials Awards. Another ABC TV program Chaser War on Everything was nominated in 2008.