Vote for your Most Memorable Screen Moments & Win Tickets to AACTA Awards


The Audience Choice Award for Most Memorable Screen Moment is now open for voting, with prizes including tickets to the AACTA Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 30 January.

VOTE for your most memorable moment in Australian film and television from the past year, and you’ll be in the running to party with the stars at one of Australia’s most glamorous screen events, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 30 January at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

This year, the Australian Academy has identified 20 of the finest moments that viewers throughout Australia were treated to both on the small and large screens.
The moments contending for this Audience Choice Award were chosen by the Producers of film and television productions nominated for an AACTA Award this year in the following categories: Best Reality Television Series; Best Television Drama Series; Best Telefeature or Mini Series; and Best Film.Also in the running for this award are moments from the top four highest grossing films at the Australian Box Office for 2012, which were not already captured as nominees for the AACTA Award for Best Film.*From Rachael Leahcar’s evocative rendition of “La Vie En Rose” catapulting the singer and reality series The Voice into the public’s consciousness, to parents skinny dipping on Puberty Blues, and from Kath’s revolutionary speech to the people of Papilloma in Kath & Kimderella, to Kerry Packer (Lachy Hulme) venting in Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, the contending moments provide a diverse selection for audience consideration.

Now it’s time to have your say, by voting in the Audience Choice Award for Most Memorable Screen Moment.

The Award will be announced at the 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 30th January at The Star’s brand new Event Centre in Sydney. The AACTA Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on Network Ten.

Vote now and go in the draw to win the major prize of a ‘VIP Money Can’t Buy’ experience for you and a friend, including:

  • Two tickets to attend the 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony and Official After Party.
  • Return domestic economy flights from your nearest capital city and overnight accommodation.
  • A personal appointment in the AACTA Styling Suite including make-up by Napoleon Perdis and Hair by ELEVEN Australia.

5 State Winners will also receive a pamper pack courtesy of Napoleon Perdis and ELEVEN Australia, valued at $350.

Click through to see the memorable moments vying for the Audience Choice Award and then cast your vote to be in the running to win these great prizes.

Competition Closes Sunday 20th January 2013 at 23:59 AESDT.

Australians Going Global in International Screen Awards


Earlier this week the nominees for the 2nd AACTA International Awards were revealed, with 14 films competing for awards.

Silver Linings Playbook leads with five nominations, closely followed by Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty with four nominations each.

With the nominees announced last night for the  85th Academy Awards®  we were thrilled to see many of our own AACTA International Awards nominees among the nominees, especially, of course Australian actors Hugh Jackman (nominated for Best Actor for Les Misérables) and Naomi Watts (Best Actress for The Impossible). Congratulations also to Jacki Weaver (nominated Best Supporting Actress for Silver Linings Playbook). Congratulations too to Australian Makeup and Hair supervisor Rick Findlater for his nomination (alongside Peter King and Tami Lane) for work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

We’ll be watching with great anticipation to see which of our talented Australians and which of our AACTA International Award winners will go on to win when the Oscar® winners are announced on February 24 (Monday, February 25 in Australia).

In the meantime, a recap on our own nominees for the 2nd AACTA International Awards:


  • Argo. Chris Terrio
  • Django Unchained. Quentin Tarantino
  • Lincoln. Tony Kushner
  • The Master. Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Silver Linings Playbook. David O. Russell
  • Zero Dark Thirty. Mark Boal


  • Argo. Ben Affleck
  • Life Of Pi. Ang Lee
  • Lincoln. Steven Spielberg
  • The Sessions. Ben Lewin
  • Silver Linings Playbook. David O. Russell
  • Zero Dark Thirty. Kathryn Bigelow


  • Bradley Cooper. Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis. Lincoln
  • John Hawkes. The Sessions
  • Hugh Jackman. Les Misérables
  • Joaquin Phoenix. The Master
  • Denzel Washington. Flight


  • Jessica Chastain. Zero Dark Thirty
  • Marion Cotillard. Rust and Bone
  • Nicole Kidman. The Paperboy
  • Jennifer Lawrence. Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva. Amour
  • Naomi Watts. The Impossible


  • Argo. Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
  • Les Misérables. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
  • Life of Pi. Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
  • Lincoln. Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
  • Silver Linings Playbook. Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon
  • Zero Dark Thirty. Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

The 2nd AACTA International Awards winners’ announcement event will be held in L.A., late January 2013.

To find out more about the 2nd AACTA International Awards, visit this page on the AACTA website.

How are the International AACTA Awards determined?

The jury for these awards is made up of eminent Australian screen professionals working in Australia and the US. Jurors work in a cross-section of the industry and screen crafts, including direction, screenwriting, producing, acting, distribution and exhibition. Screenings were held in Australia and the US. AACTA received access to films not yet released in Australia from local distributors. We consider the same films as other international screen organisations, including AMPAS, so that the AACTA International Awards are relevant, and the Australian industry is therefore part of the shared international screen awards conversation. Of course those contending for the International Awards are not eligible to be on a jury.

Come and party with us! Tickets on sale for 2nd AACTA Awards

Tickets on Sale

The votes are all in. Round 2 Feature Film voting closed last night at midnight, and now we’ve started the countdown to the 2nd AACTA Awards in January where the winners will be revealed and presented with golden statuettes.

You can find listings of all the AACTA Awards nominees  here. If you missed our coverage of the 2nd AACTA Awards Nominations Announcement, it’s all available here.

This year, the AACTA Awards will be held at the brand new The Star Event Centre in Pyrmont, Sydney, and due to the capacity of this new state-of-the-art venue, we have more tickets to offer to the public than we have in past years.

We’d love you to see you there and extend an invitation to members of both the screen industry and the general film and television-loving public, to join us in the celebrations. Book your tickets now, and if you’re not based in Sydney, why not plan a visit to Australia’s most beautiful city? (It’s a fact! Even those of us most passionate about Melbourne have to admit it…). Ticketing information here.

Here’s a clip to whet your appetite, complete with clips from the Inaugural AACTA Awards mashed up with clips featuring this year’s nominees. It’s sizzling!

Here is the information you need to book tickets. We’d love to see you in Sydney in January!

2nd AACTA Awards Luncheon presented by Deluxe

Join us as we honor and celebrate outstanding film and television performers, practitioners and productions over a three-course luncheon, marking the first public event to be held at Sydney’s stunning new venue. An event highlight will be the presentation of the AACTA Raymond Longford Award, recognising the lifetime achievement of producer Al Clark, complete with tributes from those who’ve worked with Al over the last three decades. To see which AACTA Awards will be presented at this event, click here.

Date: Monday, 28 January 2013
Time: Red Carpet Arrivals presented by David Jones from 12.00 noon
Venue: The Star Event Centre, Sydney
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, Sydney
Dress: Formal.
Tickets: $235

2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony & Official AfterParty

Join film and television actors and practitioners as the industry and the public come together to celebrate Australian screen excellence.

Walk the red carpet with some of the world’s most celebrated screen icons and sit alongside AACTA Award nominees and winners as the nation watches to see which television productions, films and screen professionals will be honoured with an AACTA Award. To see which AACTA Awards will be presented at this event, click here.

Then, celebrate into the night in style at one of Australia’s most glamorous After Parties, complete with champagne, canapes, dancing and DJs.

Date: Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Time: Red Carpet Arrivals presented by David Jones from 1.00pm
Venue: The Star Event Centre, Sydney
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, Sydney
Dress: Black tie.
Ceremony & Official After Party, Premium Seats: $550
Ceremony & Official After Party: $295
Ceremony Only: $99 SOLD OUT

Click through for more information, and to book tickets to the AACTA Awards. 

Interested in what the new Star Event Centre is going to look like? Why not check out this 3D fly-through video?

Back in the Big Chair – Director Kimble Rendall on his ’90-minute popcorn film’, shark thriller Bait 3D

Director Kimble Rendall on the set of BAIT 3D.

Director Kimble Rendall is under no illusions about the artistic or social merits of his ‘sharks in a supermarket’ horror thriller Bait 3D. It’s a 90-minute popcorn film,” he says matter-of-factly. “You’re not trying to solve all the problems of the world!” Which made it even more surprising when it was announced that the prestigious Venice International Film Festival had selected Bait 3D for its out-of-competition midnight screening slot.

“I was just working on my emails and this invitation to Venice popped up as an email,” explains Rendall. “I thought, ‘this is unusual – this can’t be real! A 3D horror movie being invited to a prestigious festival like Venice.’ But it was real. So off we went. I talked to the director of the festival and asked him why we were chosen, and he said they really wanted to make the festival different; change the mix and have a range of entertaining stuff.”

Which begs the question, who sent a copy of Bait 3D into the festival for consideration? “I hadn’t, but somebody had,” says Rendall. “I think it was Screen Australia, one of the investors in the film, who screened it to the Venice selector when he came out to look at all the Australian films. He picked ours, and so we became one of fifty films worldwide to be in festival. It’s very gratifying. We had a midnight screening in one of the big cinemas there and it was the first time I’d seen the film with a whole lot of people. The horror fans came and they loved it, screaming at the scary bits! The Italian press seemed really positive and now it’s a big release in Italy. It’s all over the place there, with bulletin boards and videos on railway stations. Huge!”

Which is not to say everyone is going to love this unashamedly cheesy shark thriller, which many critics are saying is not quite cheesy, gory or scary enough to qualify for full-blown B-movie glory. No matter. The film is getting a huge release on 1,700 screens in China, as well as in numerous other territories, including Italy, Germany, Cambodia and Russia. Teenage girls all over the world will get to gleefully clutch their boyfriends’ arms as they watch the stalking Great White sharks pick off the survivors from the submerged supermarket shelves, one by one. It’s no spoiler to reveal that lead actor, heartthrob Xavier Samuel, will survive to see another day.

Tall, amiable and unpretentious, Kimble Rendall is veteran of the music and film industries and over the past four decades has been able to spread his skills across a huge range of projects – from being a starting member of bands XL-Capris and The Hoodoo Gurus in the 70s and 80s, to editing at the ABC and the BBC, working on documentaries, current affairs and drama. As a freelance editor he produced and cut Essie Coffey’s award-winning 1978 documentary My Survival as an Aboriginal. Then came a high profile career as a hugely commercials director (for which he won a Cannes Lion) and a music video director for bands such as Mental as Anything, Cold Chisel, the Angels and Hunters and Collectors. “My two passions are music and film and I’ve always done the two simultaneously,” he explains, “starting from when I was about twelve, making experimental films and playing guitar. When I was playing in a band at night, I was editing during the day. Then I did music videos that led out of that. It’s kind of a stereotypical path now – to move from music videos to film, but I was doing it back then.”

Rendall’s first feature as director was Australian teen comedy horror film Cut (2000), starring Molly Ringwald, Jessica Napier and featuring Kylie Minogue. Produced by Mushroom Pictures and Beyond Films, Cut was not a critical or commercial success in Australia, but it was sold to all markets in the world, with particular success in France and Hong Kong.

Rendall’s career as an above-the-title  film director stalled at this point, but took off in another highly successful direction – as a Second Unit director on high budget Hollywood productions, from the Matrix sequels, to I Robot, Casanova, Ghost Rider and Knowing. While the first unit on a film typically shoots the key drama between principal actors, a second unit (which has its own cinematographer and director) films action sequences and pickups not requiring the key actors. Asked for his advice on second unit directing, Rendall says exuberantly, “You’ve got to love blowing things up! Boys’ toys, fast cars and all that jazz. It is great fun.”

Having said that, Rendall intially resisted the move to second unit directing. “When I was offered the Matrix work, I thought ‘I don’t really want to just go and do Second Unit on somebody else’s films. I want to direct my own films!’ Then a friend of mine, Steve Owen, who’s an AD who does all this assistant directing work on all these big films, he rang me and said ‘you’re an idiot. I’ll ring you back and ask you again. This is Warner Bros and it’s a great opportunity.’ So I went into that world of Hollywood filmmaking and it was just incredible, being on the set, working with Woo-ping [Yuen], the Hong Kong action guy who was largely responsible for bringing all that into Western filmmaking. He’s the master of this. He’s got a team of ten, and he sat next to me and I got to see how they do it. You learn how to do things on a big scale. It ended up being a good thing for me. For the last ten years I’ve just worked for Hollywood studios– haven’t worked for Australian films at all, and I’ve gone all around the world doing second unit. I worked with Lasse Halstrom on Cassanova and was in Venice for six months, and it was just amazing. A director normally doesn’t get to see how another director works, but working second unit you get to watch all these great directors and see how they work.”

Before the sharks came… Actors Sharni Vinson and Xavier Samuel play young lovers in BAIT 3D.

Rendall admits it felt very good to be “back in the big chair” as a director. “I loved it. On Bait everybody else was down in the water on the shelves and I had my own little area above it all. I got to sit up there and shout down at everyone with my microphone!” Asked whether this made the cold and wet cast feel a little bit grumpy, Rendall says, “They were wet all the time, and yes, at times a little bit grumpy. Phoebe (Tonkin) and Cariba (Heine) have spent most of their careers in the water being mermaids in television series H2O, so this was nothing new for them. We  had to keep the water the right temperature and we looked after them and paid a lot of attention to make them as comfortable as possible. They were all a great bunch. At times they’d get a bit tense, but I’d just use that – it was quite good for the characters! As time went on, and some of the characters would get eaten – because we shot in sequence – I always played a special song for them as they went. Dan Wyllie’s song was [Talking Heads’] ‘Psycho Killer’ – and then they were gone! Suddenly there was one less actor in the room.”

Dan Wyllie in BAIT 3D

Originating from an idea by Russell Mulcahy (the director of Razorback and Highlander, who is credited here as co-writer and executive producer), Bait 3D follows a group of people trapped in a flooded Gold Coast supermarket after a freak tsunami washes in, along with a bunch of trapped killer sharks. The cast includes Australian actors turned Hollywood up-and-comers like Xavier Samuel, Julian McMahon, Phoebe Tonkin, Sharni Vinson and Cariba Heine, as well as Aussie stalwarts Dan Wyllie and Martin Sacks. Various degrees of seriousness are adopted by these actors – from Samuel’s ‘straight as a die’ heroics to Wyllie’s hilariously broad depiction of a crazy ocker criminal. Speaking of actors, the animatronic sharks behave in ways that serious shark experts may question. For instance, they have inexhaustible appetites for human flesh and a tendency to leap very high out of the water to crunch a body in half.

Rendall is philosophical. “There are a couple of maneuvers that real sharks might not make.  But it’s a horror movie. It’s a supermarket where the laws are reversed; the shoppers are the food source for the sharks. The sharks in our movie had to eat people, and had to be hungry!”

Bait 3D’s main claims to fame within the Australian industry include the fact that it’s the first Australia/Singapore co-production and first 3D genre feature to be shot in Australia. “We tried to make it a 3D movie that was good to watch,” explains Rendall. “Sometimes 3D can be a bit alienating and give you a ‘brain tear’ they call it. It can give you a bit of a headache. We tried to make it very comfortable to watch. You’re totally immersed in the world of the movie and then suddenly there’s 3D elements.” It’s true the 3D effects appear judiciously sprinkled throughout and at their best they are pleasingly shocking: the dispersal of blood in the water before your eyes; or the appearance of millions of tiny crab-like sea creatures crawling in front of you.

Phoebe Tonkin and Martin Sacks play an estranged daughter and father in BAIT 3D.

“This is my first experience with 3D,” says Rendall, who admits the challenges. “Not many people in Australia have used it yet. It’s the first 3D horror feature to be made here and the first 3D experience for most of the crew. There’s two cameras one for the right and left eye. And they have to into this box that’s as big as that chair over there. Each camera weighed 64 kilos and we had to put it on a crane that could hardly hold it and then balance everything. Getting the cameras into position they have to have cable running  into them and stereographers running around and so forth, and you’ve got to have a whole entourage to set it up. But once it’s all set up, you have these big beautiful screens and you can actually see what you’re doing in 3D which is really good as a director. I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to do it in 3D if you had the chance. It is a bit more time-consuming – like changing lenses takes you an hour, whereas on a normal camera you can do it in about five minutes. You’ve got two cameras and you’ve got to line them up. If they get out of alignment that causes real problems. We had these  great zoom lenses, so we just stuck on those. We had lots of clever ways of dealing with supposed problems. For instance, the problem of moisture in the cameras because we were shooting round water: we invented these little fans to get rid of the moisture. Lots of things like that. We’re just clever Aussies. We worked it out.”

One of the aspects of the film which may cause irritation for Australian audiences is the mix of local and American accents – sometimes, inadvertently, within the one performance. Rendall explains the rationale for the mix of American and Australian accents. “Originally we were going to make all the accents American. It was a directive that came from the American sales company and they said ‘It’s very hard to understand Australian accents and we cannot sell the film. Broad Australian accents don’t work.’  Most of the young actors we were casting do work in America anyway, and for them it’s no big deal to do American accents. We thought only Australians will pick it up anyway. So we did it all and then we looked at it and thought, ‘Hmm,  it’s set in Australia, some characters  could be American and some could be Australian. So we just worked out for each character and went back to having some Australian accents and some American accents. That’s how it came about.”

Kimble Rendall at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival, wearing 3D glasses. Photo: AFP

Rendall is unapologetic about the decision. “It was about selling the film. I think we should be making more of these kind of films because there’s an audience for them, and we’ve got to make films you can sell. Filmmakers  have got to think ‘how do I market my film?’ and sometimes you have to do things like this with the accents  – if it’s not going to wreck the film – to make it sell internationally, instead of just making it for Australia. We were lucky. We sort of got away with it. With some films it would just be too silly.”

So, does Rendall mind the ‘Ozploitation’ genre tag? “Hmm, people are calling it ‘Sharksploitation’ but I’m not sure about that. It is also about the drama of the characters as well, so do you call it ‘people-sploitation’? But let’s face it, it is about sharks in a supermarket, so I guess we’ll have to go with that.” He grimaces, and says slowly, “‘Oz-ploi-tation”. Then continues. “Well, it reminds me of when I did some photo shoots in China and Italy and they asked me to put on the 3D glasses for the photo, and I thought, ‘Oh no, this is going to be the only photo of me that anyone ever looks at for the rest of my life – me standing around with 3D glasses on!’ Then I thought, well, it is a 3D movie. What the hell? You can’t be too precious about all this stuff!”

Xavier Samuel with big gun in BAIT 3D.

Bait 3D – Fast Facts

  • Bait is the first Australian 3D action genre production as well as the first ever co-production between Australia and Singapore.
  • Bait was filmed on the Gold Coast at Warner Roadshow Studios.
  • The budget was an estimated $A20 million, with investment by Singapore’s Media Development Authority and Blackmagic design, as well as Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.
  • The film’s international premiere was a midnight screening at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival on Saturday, 1 September, 2012.
  • Bait is releasing in Australia on 20 September 2012 (through Paramount), as well as in other territories, including Italy, Singapore, China, Germany and the US. In some territories it is known as Shark 3D.
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Bait 3D – Key Cast & Crew

Director: Kimble Rendall
Writers: Russell Mulcahy and John Kim
Producers: Gary Hamilton, Todd Fellman & Peter Barber
Executive Producers: Chris Brown, Ian Maycock, Mike Gabrawy, Ying Ye, Russell Mulcahy
Key Cast: Xavier Samuel, Julian McMahon, Sharni Vinson, Phoebe Tonkin, Lincoln Lewis, Alex Russell, Cariba Heine, Adrian Pang, Qi Yuwu, Martin Sacks, Alice Parkinson
Director of Photography: Ross Emery
Production Designer: Nicholas McCallum
Editor: Rodgrigo Balart
Composers: Joe Ng & Alex Oh
Visual Effects Supervisor: Marc Varisco
Special Effects Designer & Shark Designer: Steven Boyle
Sound Designer: Robert Mackenzie
Costume Designer: Phill Eagles
Key Makeup and Hair Designer: Shane Thomas

Inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony Winners Announced!

Last night, AACTA President Geoffrey Rush was joined on stage by internationally acclaimed Australian actors including Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Mia Wasikowska, Jonathan and Anthony LaPaglia, Jacki Weaver and Rachael Taylor to honour the year’s best achievements in Australian film and television at the inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony, held at the Sydney Opera House.

The Ceremony also featured some of the most popular names in Australian entertainment, including performances by Olivia Newton-John, Tim Rogers and Megan Washington.

Winners announced at the Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony are as follows:


  • Lara Robinson. Cloudstreet – Part 1. FOXTEL – Showcase

Alex Dimitriades, winner of Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama, for his performance in THE SLAP.


AACTA Award for Best Television Drama Series

  • East West 101, Season 3 – The Heroes’ Journey. Steve Knapman, Kris Wyld. SBS

AACTA Award for Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series

  • The Slap. Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon. ABC1

AACTA Award for Best Light Entertainment Television Series

  • The Gruen Transfer, Series 4. Andrew Denton, Anita Jacoby, Jon Casimir. ABC1

AACTA Award for Best Direction in Television

  • The Slap – Episode 3 ‘Harry’. Matthew Saville. ABC1

AACTA Award for Best Screenplay in Television

  • The Slap – Episode 3 ‘Harry’. Brendan Cowell. ABC1


  • Alex Dimitriades. The Slap. ABC1

Sarah Snook, winner of Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama, for her perfomance in SISTERS OF WAR.


  • Sarah Snook. Sisters Of War. ABC1

AACTA Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama

  • Richard Cawthorne. Killing Time – Episode 2. FOXTEL – TV1

AACTA Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama

  • Diana Glenn. The Slap – Episode 3 ‘Harry’. ABC1


  • Packed To The Rafters. Seven Network


  • Asher Keddie. Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo. ABC1

Cast and crew members from RED DOG, winner of the AACTA Award for Best Film.


  • RED DOG. Nelson Woss, Julie Ryan.


  • Snowtown. Justin Kurzel.

AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay

  • Griff The Invisible. Leon Ford.

AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Snowtown. Shaun Grant.

Daniel Henshall, winner of Best Lead Actor for his performance in SNOWTOWN.


  • Daniel Henshall. Snowtown.

AACTA Award for Best LEAD Actress

  • Judy Davis. The Eye Of The Storm.

AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor

  • Hugo Weaving. Oranges And Sunshine.

AACTA Award for Best Supporting ACTRESS

  • Louise Harris. Snowtown.

Judy Davis, Winner of Best Lead Actress, THE EYE OF THE STORM

Highlights of the AACTA International Awards Ceremony, held on 27 January in Los Angeles, were also screened at tonight’s event, with six winners announced across five categories:

AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay (Joint Winners)

· The Ides Of March. George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon

· Margin Call. J.C. Chandor

AACTA International Award for Best Direction

· The Artist. Michel Hazanavicius

AACTA International Award for Best Actor

· Jean Dujardin. The Artist

AACTA International Award for Best Actress

· Meryl Streep. The Iron Lady

AACTA International Award for Best Film

· The Artist. Thomas Langmann

AACTA congratulates all inaugural Samsung AACTA Award recipients.

Video highlights and photographs from the Ceremony will be available at by the end of the week.