'Song' wins screenplay, actress, cinematography

“Noise,” a drama about a policeman suffering from tinnitus, scooped the top nod and five more at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards this weekend.

Pic helmed by Matthew Saville and produced by Trevor Blainey drew director, editor and score kudos as well as lead actor for Brendan Cowell.

“The Home Song Stories” took screenplay (Tony Ayers), lead actress (Joan Chen) and cinematography, with the pic’s Nigel Bluck sharing the last award with Laszlo Baranyai for “Noise.”

“Noise” was largely overlooked at Australia’s preeminent kudos, the AFI Awards, handed out last December. There two semiautobiographical migrant stories dominated, as “The Home Song Stories” drew eight kudos, while “Romulus, My Father,” starring Eric Bana, took the feature prize.

The people’s choice IF Awards, handed out the previous month, presented its top nod to low-budget sex-slave drama “The Jammed.”

The Film Critics Circle of Australia awarded supporting nods to Emma Booth for “Clubland” and Marton Csokas for “Romulus, My Father.”

Org presented tyke Kodi Smit-McPhee with a special acknowledgement award for his unique contribution to “Romulus, My Father.”

Documentary nod went to “Forbidden Lie$,” helmed by Anna Broinowski and produced by Sally Regan, while foreign-language pic went to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “The Lives of Others” and foreign film (English language) went to Ethan and Joel Coen’s “No Country for Old Men.”

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