'The Black Balloon' leads IF Awards field
Nominations for Australia’s Inside Film Awards (IF Awards) have thrown up the usual eclectic mix of mainstream and unrepped titles with the year’s highest-grossing pic, writer-director Elissa Down’s “The Black Balloon,” nabbing nods in all 10 feature categories.“Balloon’s” Rhys Wakefield and Gemma Ward earned actor and actress noms but pic’s star Toni Collette was overlooked. “Balloon,” about a family’s struggle with its intellectually-disabled son, is gathering accolades on the Oz kudos circuit in the run-up to the Australian Film Institute Awards in December. “Unfinished Sky,” helmer-scribe Peter Duncan’s remake of Dutch drama “The Polish Bride,” collected eight nods including the key categories of film, director, script, actor for William McInnes and actress for Monic Hendrickx. “Men’s Group” from maverick writer-producer and self-distributor John L. Simpson, garnered four nods, including one for film for Simpson and helmer Michael Joy. “Son of a Lion,” a drama by Sydney paramedic-turned-helmer Benjamin Gilmour shot in Pakistan near the Afghan border, using local people, collected two noms, including best film. Other noms were shared by actioner “The Square” from stuntman-turned-director Nash Edgerton; croc thriller “Black Water” from co-directors David Nerlich and Andrew Travcki; and “September” from helmer Peter Carstairs. The web-voted IF Awards will be handed out Nov. 13 in a ceremony on Queensland’s Gold Coast aired live on SBS, then repeated on cabler Showtime on Nov. 18 and 19.