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South Australia shines at 2022 AACTAs

07 December 2022
AACTAs 2022: Sean Harris in The Stranger, Anna Lindner in A Beginner's Guide to Grief, Jamie Dornan in The Tourist
Sean Harris in The Stranger, Anna Lindner in A Beginner’s Guide to Grief, Jamie Dornan in The Tourist, photo by Ian Routledge.

South Australian screen creatives and SAFC supported productions have shone at the 2022 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, an annual celebration of the best in Australian screen.

Held over two nights this week in Sydney, the AACTAs are Australia’s highest honours for film and television production.

In the television category SA made and SAFC supported drama series The Tourist won the AACTA for Best Production Design for Scott Bird, while SAFC supported SBS series A Beginners’ Guide to Grief won Best Digital Series for SA writer Anna Lindner, SA producer Kate Butler and Linda Ujuk of KOJO Studios, SA producer Julie Byrne, and director Renee Mao.

In the film category SA made and SAFC supported feature film The Stranger from See Saw Films picked up two awards, winning Best Screenplay for Thomas M. Wright, and Best Supporting Actor for Sean Harris.

Baz Luhrmann biopic Elvis won the AACTA for Best Visual Effects or Animation, with Julian Hutchens of South Australian PDV company Rising Sun Pictures named in the honours for Warner Bros Pictures. Post production on the film was supported by the SAFC’s SA PDV Rebate, with SA studios MPC and Resin also working on it.

South Australia was strongly represented at the AACTAs this year, with more than 30 nominations across various categories for SA made and SAFC supported films The Stranger and Gold and TV series The Tourist, Aftertaste, First Day, MaveriX and Firebite, as well as for SA sound practitioner Tom Heuzenroeder for The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson.

View all the 2022 AACTA winners and nominees at

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