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Congratulations to the WA Screen Industry

2019 has been a busy and successful year for Western Australian screen practitioners, companies and festivals!

Screenwest would like to congratulate all of the talented individuals, exceptional companies and fantastic festivals who have achieved so much this year! You can read about all of the WA screen industry’s recent accomplishments below.

If you notice an accomplishment is missing, we would love to hear about it! Email us at to let us know.


Recent Accomplishments

Annie Murtagh-Monks

  • Won Best Casting in a TV Drama for THE HEIGHTS S1 at the 2019 Casting Guild of Australia Awards
Annie Murtagh-Monks holding a trophy

Annie Murtagh-Monks at the 2019 Casting Guild of Australia Awards


David Vincent-Smith

  • Shortlisted for the 2019 John Hinde Award for his script THE JESUS MACHINE

Photo of David Vincent Smith


Hannah Ngo and AB Morrison

  • Selected for Screen Australian’s Digital Originals Workshop for their 6 x 10 series IGGY AND ACE 5EVA

AB Morrison and Hannah Ngo


Karla Hart

  • Selected as the Keynote Speaker at the MediaRING Breakfast at Screen Forever 2019
Karla Hart on stage giving a speech

Karla Hart presenting at the MediaRING Breakfast at SCREEN FOREVER 2019 © Screen Producers Australia


Nick Dunlop and Lawrie Silvestrin

  • Won Warner Bros Award for Best Editing in Factual Entertainment for DON’T STOP THE MUSIC Episode 1 at the 2019 Ellie Awards presented by the Australian Screen Editors Guild
Shane Elsmore presenting an award to Nicholas Dunlop.

Shane Elsmore presenting the award for Best Editing in Factual Entertainment to Nicholas Dunlop © Australian Screen Editors


Radheya Jegatheva

  • Won Open Filmmaker Award at the 2019 Port Shorts Film Festival for THE QUIET
    • Director/Animator/Editor: Radheya Jegatheva
    • Producer/Writer/Narrator: Jay Jay Jegathesan

THE QUIET is loosely based on a 2016 short story by the director titled SILENCE which was the overall winner of the Mundaring National Youth Section for the KSP Speculative Fiction Awards and a High Commendation for the 2016 Rees Prize for Young Writers under the auspices of The Fellowship of Australian Writers WA.

Still image from Radheya Jegatheva’s film THE QUIET


Ric Curtin and Xoe Baird, Laurie Chlanda – Electric Pictures

  • AACTA Award for Best Sound in a Documentary for 100 DAYS TO VICTORY
Xoe Baird and Ric Curtin holding their AACTA Award

Xoe Baird and Ric Curtin at the 2019 AACTA Awards


Taryne Laffar

  • SBS First Look Grant Recipient at Screen Forever
Taryne Laffar holding an award

Taryne Laffar at SCREEN FOREVER 2019 © Screen Producers



  • Won Gold at the Western Australian Tourism Awards for Festivals & Events – Sponsored by Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries
The CinefestOZ Team at the 2019 Western Australian Tourism Awards

The CinefestOZ Team at the 2019 Western Australian Tourism Awards



  • Official selection for the 2019 Winda Film Festival
  • Production Company: Ramu Productions
  • Writer/Director: Gary Hamaguchi
  • Producer: Jodie Bell

An alien kidnaps a human and keeps him as her pet.

Jodie Bell standing in a group of people at Winda Film Festival

Jodie Bell at the 2019 Winda Film Festival © Joseph Mayers



  • Official selection for the 2019 Winda Film Festival
  • Executive Producer: Stuart “Sutu” Cambell
  • Producers: Robyn Marais and Ali Lucker

Step into a time-warping dream bubble as four young Aboriginal Australians guide you through their futures. Be ready for an intergalactic adventure. Look out for the space emus!

Future Dreaming Poster



  • Won Docklands Studios Melbourne Award For Production Design For A Feature Film at the 2019 Australian Production Design Guild Awards
  • Won Best Editing at the 2019 AACTA Awards
  • 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.



  • Won Feature Film Score of the Year at the 2019 Screen Music Awards presented by APRA AMCOS in conjunction with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers
  • Production Companies:Mother Film Productions, The Penguin Empire, Southern Light Films
  • Producers: Timothy White, Kelvin Munro

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.



  • Won Short Film Production of the Year at Screen Forever
  • Production Company: No Thing Productions
  • Producer: Brooke Tia Silcox
  • Writer / Director: Alison James

Based on a real-life practice, JUDAS COLLAR is a scripted, non-dialogue, live action short film that explores the story of a camel used to betray her kind.

Brooke Tia Silcox holding an award

Brooke Tia Silcox at SCREEN FOREVER 2019 © Screen Producers Australia



  • Best Short / Grand Prize Winner and Best International Short at the 2019 Canada Shorts Film Festival
  • Producer: Jenny Crabb
  • Writer/Director: Louise Bertoncini
  • DOP: Tim Fitzgerald

If video killed the radio star, then surely Netflix killed the DVD store. So how can one tenacious woman keep her doors open long enough to be the last DVD store trading in the city?

The THROWBACK was part of Revelation Perth International Film Festival’s City of Vincent Film Project in 2019.

Two people standing in a video store in front of a wall of DVDs


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Posted 13 December 2019

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