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Australian Directors Guild Awards: Women dominate television categories


Thomas M Wright took home the award for Best Direction in a Feature Film Thursday at the Australian Directors Guild Awards, for intense drama The Stranger which debuted in Cannes and is now available via streaming.

Female directors have dominated the AGD TV Awards categories, with Corey Chen, Sean Davies and Emma Freeman taking home major awards.

Davies won two awards – Best Direction in an Episode of a SVOD TV Series or Comedy Series for “Spreadsheet, Episode 5 – Banjos and Dirty Duck” and an Esben Storm Award for Best Direction in a Children’s TV Episode or SVOD Drama Series for “Surviving Summer, Episode 7” – for Soft .

Chen won Best Direction in a TV Episode or SVOD Mini-Episode with “The New Gold Mountain, Episode 2 – The Right Thing”. Freeman won Best Direction in an Episode of a TV Series or SVOD Drama Series for “The Newsreader, Episode 1 – Three, Two, One…”

The ADG Awards took place at an in-person ceremony in Sydney. They came just a day after the AACTA Awards, where Australian Hollywood film “Elvis” took home 11 awards in the film category and where Mystery Road: Origin dominated the TV categories with seven awards.

In ADG’s other major categories, Leah Purcell earned Best Directing Debut in a Feature Film for “The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson.” She won the same award at the AACTAs the day before.

Best Direction in a Feature Film (Budget Under $1 Million) goes to Aaron Wilson for Little Tornadoes.

“It is great to see this year’s ADG Awards reflect that diversity is now a reality among Australian managers,” said Alaric McCland, CEO of ADG Group.

2022 ADG Award Winners

Best Direction in a Feature Film (budget of $1 million or more)
Thomas M Wright “The Stranger”

Best Direction in a Feature Film (budget under $1 million)
Aaron Wilson “Little Tornadoes”

Best Direction in a Short Film
Britetta Hague “Baltasar”

Best Direction in a Student Film
David Robinson Smith “Mud Crab”

Best Direction in a Documentary Film
Alec Morgan & Tiriki Onus “Ablaze”

Best Direction in a Television or Documentary Series SVOD One-off episode or Documentary
Ryan Skirving and John Harvey, “Off Country”

Best Direction in a Documentary Short Subject
Olivia Martin McGuire “Freedom Swimmer”

Best Direction in an Episode in a Mobile-First Online Series
Hannah McLeany “TransAthletica, Episode 9 – Audition”

Esben Storm Award for Best Direction in a Children’s Television or SVOD Drama Series Episode
Sian Davies, “Surviving Summer, Episode 7 – For Laynah”

Best Direction in a Television or SVOD Drama Series Episode
Emma Freeman “The Newsreader, Episode 1 – Three, Two, One…”

Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Mini-Series Episode
Corey Chen “The New Gold Mountain, Episode 2 – Righteousness”

Best Direction in a SVOD Comedy TV Series or Episode
Sian Davies “Spreadsheet, Episode 5 – Banjos and Dirty Duck”

Best Direction in an Episode, Web Series
Liam Fitzgibbon, “Hot Department: Dark Web, Episode 4 – Sad Women”

Best Direction in Animation
Sarah Harper, “Monkie Kid, Series 3”

Best Direction in Commercial Content
Matisse Ruby “Tabula Rasa”

Best Direction in a Commercial
Tom Noakes “Mattress FIRM: Spiral in the Diner”

Best Direction in a Music Video
Riley Blackway “Thom Pringle – Invincibl3”

Best Direction in an Interactive or Immersive Project
Ben Joseph Andrews “Gondwana”

Best Direction in a Feature Film
Leah Purcell “wife of Drover legend Molly Johnson”

JC John Claburn Award
Peter McLennan

Cecil Holmes Award
Samantha Lang

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