‘Chopper’ tops Oz pic award noms

Controversial film locks in 10, 'Alibrandi' follows with nine

SYDNEY — Sex, violence, romance and dance are the dominant themes of the films that scored the most nominations Tuesday for the Australian Film Institute Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars and Emmys, in a wide-open race. Kudocast will air live on pubcaster SBS Nov. 18.

Of a field of 25 entries, Overseas Film Group U.S. pickup “Chopper” leads the way with 10 noms, followed by nine for fellow local box office hit “Looking for Alibrandi,” and eight each for Fox Seachlight’s “Bootmen” and Goldwyn U.S. acquisition “Better Than Sex.”

Produced by Michele Bennett, “Chopper,” Beyond’s controversial violent, R-rated film about real-life convicted criminal Mark Read, grabbed nominations for film, director and adapted screenplay (Andrew Dominik), actor (Eric Bana), supporting actor (Simon Lyndon), editing (Ken Sallows), cinematography (Geoffrey Hall, Kevin Hayward), production design (Paddy Reardon), score (Mick Harvey) and sound.

Beyond’s teen drama “Looking for Alibrandi,” produced by Robyn Kershaw, romanced noms for film, helmer (Kate Woods), actress (Pia Miranda), supporting actress (Greta Scacchi and Elena Cotta), editing, cinematography, design and adapted screenplay.

Stomp of approval

Fox Searchlight’s Hilary Linstead-produced dance drama “Bootmen’s” nominations are for film, actor (Sam Worthington), costume, editing, cinematography (Steve Mason), design, score and sound.

Foreign film award contenders are Sam Mendes’ “American Beauty,” Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich,” Pedro Almodovar’s “All About My Mother” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Sixth Sense.”

Pubcaster ABC overwhelming dominates the small-screen categories with nominations for “Grass Roots,” Beyond’s “Something in the Air” and Granada’s hit drama “SeaChange.”

More Film

  • The Great Hack (2019) - pictured:

    Film Review: 'The Great Hack'

    When I was growing up, we learned that the moral cornerstone of the First Amendment — the very essence of it — is that it’s about protecting the speech you don’t like. If the Nazis aren’t allowed to march in Skokie (a major test case in the 1970s), then a treacherous principle gets laid down: that [...]

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Columbia Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Ads placed for the drama had an estimated media value of $5.71 million through Sunday for 997 national ad [...]

  • Circus of Books

    Outfest Film Review: 'Circus of Books'

    Rachel Mason grew up believing that her parents ran a small bookstore in Los Angeles. She wasn’t entirely mistaken, although the naive young woman — then an artsy teen, now a documentary filmmaker — never imagined that, as her mother Karen bluntly tells her on camera, “at one point, we were probably the biggest distributor [...]

  • Themba Ntuli and Ashley Lazarus

    Ashley Lazarus, Director of Apartheid-Era Cult Classic, Returns to Screen

    DURBAN–Director Ashley Lazarus, whose film about the interracial friendship between two young boys during the apartheid era became a South African cult classic in the 1970s, is set to return to the big screen with a film that builds on his life-long passion for early-childhood education. “Teacher Wanted” is the inspirational story of a teacher [...]

  • Channing Tatum

    Channing Tatum's Free Association Partners With Atwater Capital for Film Development Fund

    Free Association, a production company led by Channing Tatum, Peter Kiernan and Reid Carolin, has entered into a film development fund with Atwater Capital. The four-year $2 million revolving fund stipulates that Atwater will finance a minimum of five films with Free Association. Michael Parets, VP of production, will oversee the deal. Free Association will [...]

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Box Office: Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Takes on 'Lion King'

    Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt’s characters in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” will have to take on much more than a changing showbiz landscape. This weekend, the washed-up actor and his majordomo are battling Disney’s juggernaut “The Lion King” at the domestic box office. Tarantino’s R-rated auteur [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content