Oz screen academy bows

Geoffrey Rush becomes founding prexy

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts bowed Thursday in Sydney with Geoffrey Rush as its founding prexy.

Set up by the Australian Film Institute, the org aims to lift the international profile of Oz’s screen professionals.

“Over half a century ago, the AFI was founded, and since that time our film and television industries have developed beyond our wildest imaginings,” Rush said. “Through the timely creation of AACTA, we have a unique opportunity to galvanize the craft and talent this country endlessly produces.”

The inaugural AACTA Awards will be held in January at the Sydney Opera House. The AACTA award statuettes, designed by sculptor Ron Gomboc, were also unveiled Thursday.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading