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‘Jindabyne’ takes 4 awards in Oz

Lawrence drama takes honors for scribe, supporting actress, helmer

SYDNEY — Helmer Ray Lawrence’s relationship drama “Jindabyne” nabbed four awards including director, support actress for Deborra-Lee Furness and scribe (adapted screenplay) for Beatrix Christian at the Australian Film Critics Circle Awards in Melbourne on Saturday.

Helmer Rolf de Heer’s aboriginal drama “Ten Canoes” paddled off with film kudos and shared cinematography honors with “Jindabyne.”

Neil Armfield’s junkie drama “Candy” won actress (Abbie Cornish) and support actor (Geoffrey Rush) but co-star Heath Ledger was trumped in the actor category by newcomer Shane Jacobsen, co-creator and star of laffer “Kenny.”

Jacobsen also won screenplay kudos for the surprise hit about a porta-john manager that’s become this year’s highest-grossing Oz comedy, having returned A$6 million (US$4.6 million), and still going strong.

Casual FCCA event heralds the start of kudos season Down Under. The people’s choice Inside Film Awards unfurl on the Gold Coast Nov. 17 and pre-eminent Australian Film Institute Awards are held in Melbourne Dec. 6 and 7.

Best foreign film went to George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck,” Michael Haneke’s “Hidden” took foreign language kudos.

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