Priscilla producer to receive AACTA life time achievement award

Al Clark, producer of The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert will be the recipient of this year’s Raymond Longford Award – a life time achievement award – at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.

Clark has produced or executive produced 18 feature films over a career spanning three decades, including John Polson’s Siam Sunset, Red Hill, and Heaven’s Burning.

Clark served on the board of the Australian Film Commission from 1989 to 1992.

Damian Trewhella, AFI/AACTA CEO said: “From the many recommendations submitted in support of Al Clark for this Award it was clear that he is not only an extraordinary and tenacious producer, but that he is noted by a cross section of the industry as a mentor and educator whom many credit for launching their career.

“After emigrating from the UK in the 1980s, Clark was quick to embrace and recognise the cultural and cinematic value of Australian subcultures, and is credited with the commercial and cult-following success of a number of Australian films which have become international icons.”

Clark said of being honoured: “With a love of films that always transcends the frustrations of getting them made, I’ve tried to choose distinctive projects, to navigate them soundly, to find gifted people to work with, and to bring out the best in their considerable talents. I’m grateful to AACTA for this great recognition and for everything it represents.”

Clark will be presented with the award at the 2nd AACTA Awards Luncheon in Sydney in January.


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