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2017 ADG Awards | NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
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THE AUSTRALIAN DIRECTORS’ GUILD
ANNOUNCES THE NOMINATIONS FOR
THE 2017 ADG AWARDS

The Australian Director’s Guild has announced the nominations for the 2017 ADG Awards. This year, all five nominees in the category of Best Direction in a Feature Film are directors making their feature film debut with Garth Davis (Lion), Simon Stone (The Daughter), Ben Young (Hounds of Love), Craig Boreham (Teenage Kicks) and Jonathan Leahy (Skin Deep) receiving nominations.

The TV categories feature more established directors including Tony Krawitz, Robert Connolly, Matthew Saville and Rowan Woods. The category of Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Drama sees nominations for Emma Freeman for Secret City – The Watchers (Series 1, Episode 2), Leah Purcell for Cleverman – Sun and Moon (Series 1, Episode 4), Rowan Woods for Rake (Series 4, Episode 6)
 and Tony Krawitz for The Kettering Incident – The Search (Series 1, Episode 3). This year there are three nominations in the category of Best Direction in a Mini Series, with Geoff Bennett receiving a nomination for Brock alongside Kevin Carlin for Molly and Robert Connolly for Barracuda

Jonathan Brough has two nominations in the Best Direction in a Comedy Program category – one for Episode 8 of Rosehaven and the other for The Family Law (Series 1, Episode 1). The other nominees in the category are Connor Van Vuuren and Christian Van Vuuren for Soul Mates (Series 2, Episode 4), Matthew Saville for Please Like Me – Burrito Bowl (Series 4, Episode 5) and Trent O'Donnell for The Letdown (Pilot episode).

Last year’s winners of Best Director in a Feature Film and Academy Award nominees, Bentley Dean and Martin Butler have been nominated for A Sense of Self in the category of Best Direction in a Documentary Short Subject. The other nominees in the category are Kay Pavlou for Recognition – Yes or No?, Thomas Abood for The End of The Line and Wes Greene for Return to Bosnia. In the category of The Best Direction in a Documentary Feature Film the nominees are Aaron Peterson for Zach's Ceremony, Amanda Blue for Deep Water: The Real Story, Dan Jackson for In the Shadow of the Hill, Gillian Leahy for Baxter and Me, and Pete Gleeson for Hotel Coolgardie.

The full list of nominations can be found below. 

The annual ADG Awards will take place on Friday 5 May at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. To be eligible for the Awards, all work must have screened publicly for the first time between 1 July 2015 and 31 December 2016, except for student films where the project needs only to have been completed within these dates. The ADG Awards are the only opportunity for Australian directors and their work to be acknowledged by their directing peers. The Awards recognise excellence in the craft and art of directing, as well as acknowledging individual contributions by Australian Screen Directors to film, television, documentary, animation and interactive media.
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COMPLETE LIST OF 2017 ADG AWARDS NOMINATIONS


BEST DIRECTION IN A FEATURE FILM
Ben Young for Hounds of Love 
Craig Boreham for Teenage Kicks 
Garth Davis for Lion
Jonathan Leahy for Skin Deep 
Simon Stone for The Daughter

BEST DIRECTION IN A SHORT FILM
Dejan Mrkic for Silence
Jennifer Perrott for The Ravens
Josh Tanner for Wandering Soul
Luci Schroder for Slapper
Lucy Gaffy for Dream Baby
Sarah Hatherley for Lost Soul

BEST DIRECTION IN A STUDENT FILM
Meaghan Palmer for Tasty
Morgan Healy for Disabused
Dane McCusker for Angelfish
Sunday Emerson Gullifer for Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Aaron Peterson for Zach's Ceremony
Amanda Blue for Deep Water: The Real Story
Dan Jackson for In the Shadow of the Hill
Gillian Leahy for Baxter and Me
Pete Gleeson for Hotel Coolgardie

BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Sally Aitken for Streets of Your Town
Simon Nasht for Howard On Menzies

BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Bentley Dean and Martin Butler for A Sense of Self
Kay Pavlou for Recognition – Yes or No?
Thomas Abood for The End of The Line
Wes Greene for Return to Bosnia

ESBEN STORM AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A CHILDREN'S TV OR SVOD DRAMA
Robyn Butler for Little Lunch Special: The Nightmare Before Graduation
Sian Davies for Nowhere Boys – The Trouble With Ben (Series 3, Episode 7)

BEST DIRECTION IN A TV OR SVOD DRAMA SERIES
Emma Freeman for Secret City – The Watchers (Series 1, Episode 2)
Leah Purcell for Cleverman – Sun and Moon (Series 1, Episode 4)
Rowan Woods for Rake – (Series 4, Episode 6)
Tony Krawitz for The Kettering Incident – The Search (Series 1, Episode 3)

BEST DIRECTION IN A TV OR SVOD DRAMA SERIAL
Arnie Custo for Home and Away Ep 6486
Danny Raco for Home and Away Ep 6395
Gary Conway for Neighbours Block 1458 Ep 7509
Geoffrey Nottage for Home and Away Ep 6417

BEST DIRECTION IN A TV OR SVOD MINI SERIES
Geoff Bennett for Brock
Kevin Carlin for Molly
Robert Connolly for Barracuda

BEST DIRECTION IN A TV OR SVOD COMEDY PROGRAM
Christiaan Van Vuuren and Connor Van Vuuren for Soul Mates (Series 2, Episode 4)
Jonathan Brough for Rosehaven (Series 1, Episode 8)
Jonathan Brough for The Family Law (Series 1, Episode 1)
Matthew Saville for Please Like Me – Burrito Bowl (Series 4, Episode 5)
Trent O'Donnell for The Letdown (Pilot episode)

BEST DIRECTION IN AN ONLINE COMEDY PROJECT
Cate McQuillen for Compost Rocks (Fabisode 4)
Christopher Benz for Little Acorns - She's A Man! (Episode 2)
Damien Cassar for Lowering Awareness

BEST DIRECTION IN AN ONLINE DRAMA PROJECT
Amanda Jane for ReWriteYourStory - CAL
Christopher Benz for ReWriteYourStory - CONNOR
Kyle Portbury for Tell the World
Stuart Willis for Restoration

BEST DIRECTION IN COMMERCIAL CONTENT
Cassie De Colling for Foreign Correspondent, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Melbourne
Craig Melville for Air New Zealand - Summer Wonderland
Damien Toogood for United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) “The List”
Husein Alicajic for Samsung // Make Your Mark
Paul Middleditch for Nothing Brings People Together Like Lamb

BEST DIRECTION IN A MUSIC VIDEO
Matthew Chuang for Made of Fire (Artist: Fire to the Stars)
Mick Soiza for Umbrella Brain (Artist: Marcus Blacke)
Nicholas Carlton for Wanting (Artist: Gordi)
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