Australian Directors’ Guild Awards: Julia Leigh wins for Sleeping Beauty, Sydney Dogs and Cats Home is best directed TV ad

Sleeping Beauty: won best direction in a feature

This evening’s Australian Directors’ Guild Awards saw Julia Leigh claim the best direction in a feature film gong for Sleeping Beauty.

Matthew Saville won two awards – for best direction in a TV mini series for Cloudstreet and best direction in a TV drama series for The Slap.

SBS series Go Back To Where You Came From, which has just won international acclaim at the Rose d’Or Festival in Switzerland, took the best direction of a documentary series award for Ivan O’Mahoney.

Best direction of a TV ad went to Damien Toogood for Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.

The results in full:

  • Best Direction in a TV Drama Series: Matthew Saville for The Slap (Ep 3 – Harry)
  • Best Direction in a TV Mini Series: Matthew Saville for Cloudstreet
  • Best Direction in a Feature Film: Julia Leigh for Sleeping Beauty
  • Best Direction in a Documentary Feature: Tony Krawitz for The Tall Man and Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond for Mrs Carey’s Concert
  • Finders Award: Tony Krawitz
  • Directors Guild of America Finders/ADG award (film gets screening in LA in front of key distributors): The Tall Man
  • Best Direction in a Documentary Series: Ivan O’Mahoney for Go Back to Where You Came From
  • Best Direction in a Documentary (Stand Alone category): Phoebe Hart for Orchids: My Intersex Adventure
  • Best Direction in a Telemovie: Emma Freeman for Hawke
  • Best Direction in a TV Comedy: Jeffrey Walker, Stuart MacDonald and Chris Lilley for Angry Boys
  • Best Direction in a TV Drama Serial: Geoffrey Nottage for Home & Away (Ep 5215).
  • Best Direction in TV Reality Program/Light Entertainment: Ken Connor and Kathy Chambers for RocKwiz – On the Road, and Mark Adamson for Dancing with the Stars
  • Esben Storm Award for Best Direction in a Children’s TV Program: Jeffrey Walker for H20: Just Add Water (Series 3)
  • Best Direction in a Television Commercial: Damien Toogood for Sydney Dogs and Cats Home
  • Best Direction in a Music Video: Steve Rogers for Jack Ladder ‘Cold Feet’
  • Best Direction in an Original Online Project: Dario Russo for Danger 5: The Diamond Girls
  • Best Direction of a Short Film: Ashlee Page for The Kiss
  • Best Direction in a Student Film: Epiphany Morgan for The Room
  • Cecil Holmes Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Directors Guild: Stephen Wallace


  1. Hindley Street
    12 May 12
    2:44 pm

  2. There was direction in this abomination?

  3. Christopher
    12 May 12
    2:52 pm

  4. ‘Sleeping Beauty’ wins? Wow. Well, as they say “You’ve gotta be in it to win it”. And I guess no one else was “in it”.

  5. stop all the film industry news
    13 May 12
    8:22 am

  6. Im finding it annoying that you’ve merged all your Encore film industry news into the Mumbrella blog — the film news seems to overhwlem everythgin else lately… As a media/advertising person I don;t mind the odd film item but really it has little relevance to most of us — especially atm when the film industry is so tiny. Hope you can reverse this.

  7. Dog Owner
    14 May 12
    3:04 pm

  8. So it was an abomination was it? Well it sure as hell spoke to me. Who gives a fuck about the direction. You’d have to be callous to care more about the ‘art’ than the dog’s life.

  9. Christopher
    14 May 12
    4:00 pm

  10. Dear ‘Dog Owner’,

    I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure that the “abomination” to which ‘Hindley Street’ was referring was the stinker ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

  11. Dog Owner
    14 May 12
    4:44 pm

  12. I took it to be the direction in the embedded video due to its prominence in the report. I haven’t seen ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and it appears that may be my good fortune.