The King to host 50th AFI Awards
[press release from KOB Publicity]
It was announced today that the L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards will be hosted by one of Australia’s favourite young actors, past AFI Award winner Stephen Curry. This historical event, the 50th AFI Awards, will take place at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on Saturday 6 December, 2008 and will be broadcast on the Nine Network at 9.30pm.
The festivities will commence on Friday 5 December with the announcement of the L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Industry Awards presented by Digital Pictures, which will also be held at the Princess Theatre. These ceremonies are not only a celebration of 2008’s highest achievements, but are also a major celebration of the history of film and television in Australia.
Widely regarded as Melbourne’s most spectacular landmark, the Princess Theatre is the perfect setting for this glamorous event. It will lend a theatrical magnitude befitting such an illustrious anniversary.
As a special initiative to acknowledge 50 years of pride and passion in Australian filmmaking, the Australian Film Institute and Australia Post asked the Australian public to vote for their all-time favourite Australian film. Results from an online poll have revealed the five Favourite Australian Films of all time. In no particular order, they are: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Castle, Muriel’s Wedding, Lantana and Gallipoli.
Between them, the five Favourite Australian Films as voted for by the Australian public, have won 23 AFI Awards, 2 BAFTAs and an Oscar!
The exciting revelation regarding which of these five films received the highest number of votes and is therefore the nation’s choice of their Favourite Australian Film, will be announced at the L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards on 6 December, 2008.
Australia Post is further honouring the Australian public’s choice of their five Favourite Australian Films of all time by issuing a series of commemorative stamps on Monday, 3 November. The five stamps have been developed from the poster artwork originally used to promote the films.
Having played the central character of Dale Kerrigan in one of the top five films The Castle, it is a great thrill that Stephen Curry is hosting the L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards this year. This hosting role follows Stephen’s AFI Award win last year for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for the role of Australian television legend Graham Kennedy in The King.
The nominees for this year’s L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards for Film and Television will be announced on Wednesday 29 October, 2008 at the Sydney Theatre.
The L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards, celebrating 50 years of pride and passion will take place at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on Saturday 6 December and will be televised on the Nine Network at 9.30pm.
The L’Oréal Paris AFI Industry Awards presented by Digital Pictures will take place at the Princess Theatre on Friday 5 December, 2008.