WA productions shine at AFI Awards

17 December, 2009 by IF

Press release from ScreenWest

The 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Industry Awards were held over the weekend with a number of WA productions taking out their nominated category.  Congratulations to Ian Batt, Vincent Fooy, Andrew McLeod and Anni Finsterer for their wins. 


AFI Award for best cinematography in a Documentary: Cracking the Colour Code – Episode 2, Making Colours, Ian Batt (WA) and Vincent Fooy (France). Co-produced by Electric Pictures (WA) and Gedeon Programmes (France), Cracking the Colour Code takes an unprecedented global journey to explore the frontiers of how we view colour, make colour and use the power of colour to communicate meaning.  Drawing on the latest scientific findings and technology, the series is both food for the intellect and the senses.

AFI Award for Outstanding Achievement in Short Film Screen Craft: Andrew McLeod, Water – Cinematograph.
Water centres on Toby, who has a mentally disabled father and yearns for a life like any other eight-year-old.  The film was produced by Sarah Shaw and Corrie Jones, The Everywhen, under the ScreenWest – Film & Television Institute’s (FTI) annual HyperLink initiative. 

In addition, Anni Finsterer took out ‘Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama’ for 3 Acts of Murder by Taylor Media.  The landmark series First Australians won the AFI Award for Best Documentary Series.  ScreenWest provided funding support to Episode 5 ‘An Unhealthy Government Experiment’ Western Australia (1897 – 1937).

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said that "through the support of the State Government, this was a record year for productions with the highest number of hours produced in WA."

"Not only do these figures show how hard the industry is working, but the Awards success highlights the home grown talent we have in Western Australia.

"I congratulate Ian Batt and Andrew McLeod and all the nominees on this fantastic achievement."

Cracking the Colour Code, Water and 3 Acts of Murder were proudly supported by ScreenWest and Lotterywest.