Event coverage by Jennifer Ortega, Red Carpet Report Reporter follow Jen on Twitter @JenniferEOrtega
Last week marked the Sixth Annual Australians in Film Awards. Australians in Film (AiF) was founded in 2001. The non-profit organization supports and elevates Australian actors, directors, and writers. AiF also promotes career development and education programs including the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship. This year’s gala and award ceremony took place at the Neuehouse Hollywood.
The ceremony was hosted by actor, Patrick Brammall (No Activity, Glitch, The Letdown). This year AiF honored actress Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), actress Danielle MacDonald (Patti Cake$, Dumplin’), director Alethea Jones (Barbie, Fun Mom Dinner), screenwriter Luke Davies (Lion, Beautiful Boy) and Disney Executives Mary Ann Hughes and Paul Steinke.
Before the ceremony, we were able to chat with some the attendees about the importance of Australians in Film.
Emile de Ravin (Lost, Once Upon a Time)
“For me (AiF) is a sense of community. It’s just nice to feel supported. Not that many people in LA are Australian which can be a little alienating. So it’s nice to have that talent in a group you can rely on.”
Abbie Cornish (Geostorm, Jack Ryan)
“I think it’s really great to have a community here away from home. We are very far from home. I mean with technology, we are living in a different time, so it doesn’t feel as far as it used to be. But just to be able to acknowledge people’s successes and people’s hard work is very important.”
Jessica McNamee (Battle of the Sexes)
“We are a long way from home with no family around. It’s a crazy industry. There’s a lot going on right now, it’s been very prevalent in the media about sexual harassment in the workplace and it’s very prevalent in the entertainment industry. So it’s really comforting to have these amazing people around you, supporting you when you are far away from home. I think it’s very important that we are celebrating the great talent from Australia.”
Luke Davies, screenwriter, honoree (Lion)
“It’s a nurturing organization. It can be very difficult living here in a foreign and bewildering place. When I first came here, I thought I don’t need to hang with Australians, I left Australia. But over the years, I realized I love Australians and it’s good to be around them. We are a different personality. I love the American personality too, but I got my little gang of friends and they’re really protective. The feeling of protection and nurturing is very important. It frees you up to be more creative and less anxious.”
Patrick Brammal, actor, Award Ceremony’s Host(No Activity, Glitch, The Letdown)
“To be an Australian over here is like leaving to join the circus. You leave family behind. You leave friends behind. So to have a hub like this is so important. This is a touchstone. It’s not a crutch to lean on forever. There just here and they’re a lovely community and they put on great events. It’s nice to a have a little bit of home here.”
Bruna Papandrea, producer (Big Little Lies)
“I think any organization that brings recognition to the talent in front of and behind the camera is really important. So many people have gifts, but it’s really important to help expose those gifts to the world. I really think Australians in Film does that and helps expose the talent of Australia to the world.”
Danielle MacDonald, actress, honoree (Patti Cake$, Dumplin’, Lady Bird)
“AiF is a really amazing organization that I joined when I first moved out to LA. When I first came out to LA, I was scared to do anything. I didn’t know anyone. My first roommate and best friend Stef Dawson (actress, The Hunger Games) she was like, there’s this organization, Australians in Film, you have to come. I did go with her and it is a lot of people doing what you’re doing and very supportive. It was amazing and made me feel confident. It’s just a lot of great people that you want to be around.
It means a lot to be honored here in the same place that I started.”
- Katherine Langford, Screen Australia Breakthrough Award
- Danielle Macdonald, Screen Australia Breakthrough Award
- Alethea Jones, Screen Australia Breakthrough Award
- Luke Davies, The Fox Studios Australia International Award
- Mary Ann Hughes, The Ausfilm International Award
- Paul Steinke, The Ausfilm International Award
ABOUT AUSTRALIANS IN FILM
Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based film, television and digital content non-profit foundation with a mission to connect the Australian industry to the international market. Founded in May 2001, AiF serves as the industry organization for Australian entertainment professionals in Los Angeles, holding regular screenings, career development programs, seminars and labs, and currently has over 600 members. For more information on AiF, please visit australiansinfilm.org.
To learn more about AiF or to attend their events, visit their website: www.australiansinfilm.org.