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Jennifer Kent was on Friday named best feature film director at the Australian Directors Guild Awards. She won for “The Babadook,” a horror film that was largely shunned by Australian audiences but gained considerable success overseas.

The awards celebrate the work of Australian screen directors over the past year across 15 categories including film, television, multiplatform, music videos and advertising. They were presented at a ceremony in Melbourne.

Amin Palangi won the best direction in a documentary feature award for “Love Marriage In Kabul,” and Kelrick Martin won for direction in a documentary (standalone) for “Prison Songs.”

Other winners included Tony Krawitz for direction in a TV miniseries for “Devil’s Playground” (episode 5) and Jeffrey Walker for “Jack Irish: Dead Point” in the  direction in a telemovie category.

The award for direction in a TV drama serial went to “Home And Away” (episode 6051) and its director Scott Hartford-Davis, and “The Code” (series 1, episode 4) won direction in a TV drama series for Shawn Seet.