Australian guild salutes directors

Tilse, Andrikidis share win for TV direction

SYDNEY — Crime paid at the Australian Directors’ Guild Awards staged Saturday Sept. 27 at the U. of New South Wales with Tony Tilse and Peter Andrikidis sharing television-helming kudos for hit series “Underbelly” and “East West 101,” respectively.

Elissa Down won in the movie category directing award for her debut “The Black Balloon,” about a family weathering the tumult of life with a disabled son. Pic is the highest-grossing domestic title of 2008 so far, garnering A$2.2 million ($1.7 million).

Australian Broadcasting Corp. hit “Summer Heights High” garnered Stuart McDonald kudos for direction of a comedy series laffer skein while Ian Gilmour won in ongoing drama series for his work on Seven Network’s “All Saints.”

Tom Murray’s “In My Father’s Country” won directiondocumentary feature honors, Natasha Gadd’s “Anatomy — Muscle” for won direction in astandalone documentary under 60 minutes, and Brian McKenzie’s “Love’s Harvest” won direction in a doc series.

Gillian Armstrong presented Mark Turnbull the inaugural firstassistant director award for a career forged internationally and domestically alongside such helmers as Jane Campion and Gregor Jordan.

Tony Findlay received an award for winning a pitching competition earlier in the day.

ADG Awards are the pinnacle of the ADG annual conference held over the weekend at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Last month, prolific documaker Tom Zubrycki was announced as recipient of ADG’s top trophy, the Cecil Holmes Award, for his career at the helm of social-commentary docs including “Molly & Mobarak,” “The Diplomat” and his latest, “Temple of Dreams,” which tracks young Muslim Australians hoping to keep open a youth center.

Vet Bruce Petty received the outstanding achievement award and Kate Woods took the Michael Carson Award for excellence in television drama direction.