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A Few Best Men director slams film critic at AACTA awards

Director Stephan Elliott took the opportunity to deliver a serve to film critic Jim Schembri at the inaugural AACTA awards at the Sydney Opera House last night. Elliott bit back at Schembri’s review of A Few Best Men, which branded the film ‘unreleasable’. Despite Schembri’s review, the film opened with solid box office takings last weekend. In a lengthy rant, Elliott slammed Schembri for “personal attacks” within the review of the film as he lashed out at people unwilling to support the Australian film industry. Elliott told the audience that his tirade would be removed from Channel Nine’s delayed broadcast of the awards as producers had flagged this, along with several other categories, to be excluded prior to the show.

The AACTA ceremony, delivered minus a host, saw box office champion Red Dog take home the best film award but the biggest success of the night was dark drama Snowtown which bagged four awards including best adapted screenplay and best direction.

The full list of AACTA award winners:

TELEVISION

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ACTOR

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

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

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA

•    Alex Dimitriades. The Slap. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA

•    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

SWITCHED ON AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION PROGRAM

•    Packed To The Rafters. Seven Network

SWITCHED ON AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION DRAMA

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

FEATURE FILM

SAMSUNG AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM

•    RED DOG. Nelson Woss, Julie Ryan.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION

•    Snowtown. Justin Kurzel.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

•    Griff The Invisible. Leon Ford.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

•    Snowtown. Shaun Grant.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR

•    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.

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