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WA Projects and Creatives Receive 21 AACTA Nominations

Screenwest supported, and Western Australian projects and screen creatives have received 21 nominations for the 2019 AACTA Awards across seven projects.

Nominated projects include:

  • HowToBasic
  • Ozzy Man Reviews

Ric Curtin, of Curtin Productions said of his two nominations, “I am very proud to have received two Best Sound nominations for two high-end Perth productions, 100 DAYS TO VICTORY and DON’T STOP THE MUSIC. And I am thrilled that Xoe Baird has been recognised for her great sound design in 100 DAYS TO VICTORY.”

Nominee for best short film, Director Nathan Mewett of YULUBIDYI – UNTIL THE END said this of the announcement, “We are overwhelmed with excitement at being nominated for the awards and have made it our mission to try and get our lead actor Trenton Samson over to experience the ceremony. Trenton has cerebral palsy and has never been outside of WA (only to Perth for medical care). It would be a dream come true for him to experience a red-carpet event and join in celebrating his accomplishments.”

The YULUBIDYI team have set up a crowdfunding page for Trenton’s travel to the awards and are hosting a fundraising screening of the film at backlot this Saturday night at Backlot Studios. More details are available on the screening on The Backlot Facebook page.

The winners across feature film, television, documentary, short form and online will be announced at the Industry Luncheon on Monday, 2 December 2019 and the AACTA Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, 4 December 2019.


WA Nominees


  • Feature Film
  • Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Julie Ryan, Andrew Ogilvie, Jomon Thomas
  • Production Companies: Hotel Mumbai Double Guess Productions, Hamilton Films, Thunder Road Films, Electric Pictures

A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India.


  • Best Film presented by Foxtel: Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Julie Ryan, Jomon Thomas
  • Best Direction: Anthony Maras
  • Best Lead Actor: Dev Patel
  • Best Lead Actress: Nazanin Boniadi
  • Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Cobham-Hervey
  • Best Screenplay: John Collee, Anthony Maras
  • Best Cinematography: Nick Remy Matthews
  • Best Editing: Peter McNulty, Anthony Maras
  • Best Sound: Sam Petty, Pete Smith, Nakul Kamte, James Currie, Peter Ristic
  • Best Original Score: Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka
  • Best Production Design: Steven Jones-Evans
  • Best Costume Design: Anna Borghes
  • Best Casting presented by Casting Networks: Ann Fay, Leigh Pickford, Trishaan Sarkar



  • Feature Film
  • Producers: Timothy White, Kelvin Munro
  • Production Companies: Mother Film Productions, The Penguin Empire, Southern Light Films

In the wake of humanity’s extinction, a teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate the earth. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.


  • Best Supporting Actress: Hilary Swank
  • Best Visual Effects or Animation: Jonathan Dearing, Chris Spry



  • Documentary
  • Executive Producers: Andrew Ogilvie, Andrea Quesnelle, Phil Craig, Julie Bristow, Marlo Miazga
  • Production Companies: Electric Pictures, Bristow Global Media

Through cinematic recreations, interviews with top historians and state-of-the-art CGI, 100 DAYS TO VICTORY is a gripping account of the last 100 Days of the First World War, telling the story of how the Allied generals worked together in new ways to win the war.


  • Best Cinematography in a Documentary: Torstein Dyrting – Electric Pictures
  • Best Sound in a Documentary: Ric Curtin, Xoe Baird, Laurie Chlanda – Electric Pictures



  • Documentary
  • Producer: Celia Tait
  • Production Company: Artemis Media

DON’T STOP THE MUSIC is a three-part documentary series that follows the journey of a primary school from an underprivileged area of Perth embarking on a music program, and the transformative effects this has on the students, teachers and families involved.


  • Best Sound in a Documentary: Ric Curtin, Glenn Martin, Ben Ohayon, Gavin Fernie



  • Short Film
  • Directors: Curtis Taylor, Nathan Mewett
  • Producer: Glen Stasiuk
  • Production Company: Black Russian Productions
Photo of Trenton Samson and Curtis Taylor on location filming YULUBIDYI - UNTIL THE END

Trenton Samson and Curtis Taylor in YULUBIDYI – UNTIL THE END © Black Russian Productions.

A young Aboriginal man helps his disabled brother escape from their abusive life in a remote Australian Aboriginal community with the aid of a Mamu (Dreaming Creature).


  • Best Short Film: Curtis Taylor, Nathan Mewett, Glen Stasiuk



  • YouTube Creator

HowToBasic creates comedic “How To” videos that spiral out of control.


  • Best Online Entertainment


Ozzy Man Reviews

  • YouTube Creator
  • Managing Director: Ethan Marrell
  • Company: Ozzy Man Studios

Ozzy Man Reviews creates satirical review videos on wildlife, sport and entertainment.


  • Best Online Entertainment


About the AACTAs

The AACTA Awards (formerly the AFI Awards) have honoured screen excellence in Australia for over 60 years, since the first AFI Awards were held in 1958.

Held annually in Sydney in recognition and celebration of Australia’s highest achievements in film and television, the AACTA Awards present over 55 awards across two major ceremonies. AACTA also recognises screen excellence, regardless of geography, through the AACTA International Awards, held annually in January in Los Angeles.

The peer-assessed AACTA Awards are a world-class marker of screen excellence alongside the Oscars® and the BAFTAs, and are the only Australian industry body to honour practitioners across all crafts and industry sectors, including feature film, documentary, short film, television, online, visual effects and animation.

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Photo Credits L – R: 1. Dev Patel as “Arjun” in HOTEL MUMBAI. Photo by Kerry Monteen © Hotel Mumbai Pty Ltd. 2. Luke Hawker as “Mother” holding baby Daughter prosthetic in I AM MOTHER. Photo by Ian Routledge © Mother Holdings Proprietary Ltd. 3. With bayonets fixed, Canadian soldiers proceed into battle in 100 DAYS TO VICTORY. Photo by Karri North © Electric Pictures Pty Ltd & Bristow Global Media Inc. 4. Challis Strings performing at the Perth Concert Hall in DON’T STOP THE MUSIC. Photo by Megan Lewis © Artemis Media. 5. Trevor Jamieson in YULUBIDYI – UNTIL THE END © Black Russian Productions.

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Posted 24 October 2019

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