‘Placid’ stirs up Oz awards

Melbourne winner also nabs Awgie nod

SYDNEY — Coming-of-age drama “The Rage in Placid Lake,” starring Ben Lee and Rose Byrne, has won a couple of major prizes Down Under in the past 48 hours.

On Sunday it collared the major award and the feature film (adaptation) nod for writer-director Tony McNamara at the Australian Writers Guild’s 36th Awgie Awards. McNamara was at the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival for a screening of his film.

On Monday “Placid Lake” won the audience award for feature at the Melbourne Intl. Film Festival (July 23-Aug.10).

Pic, which debuts Down Under Aug. 28, beat “American Splendor” (Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini, U.S.), “Ten” (helmed by Abbas Kiarostami, Iran/France), “The Spanish Apartment” (Cedric Klapisch, France/Spain) and “Kops” (Josef Fares, Sweden).

At the Awgies, Alison Tilson received the original feature award for her script “Japanese Story.” Other Awgie recipients included Kristen Dunphy for an episode of TV series “White Collar Blue”; Coral Drouyn, who penned a seg of serial “Home and Away”; and Andrew Knight for his original mini “After the Deluge.”