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South Australian screen sector sweeps shortlist for 2023 Ruby Awards

14 November 2023
Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black), Other Pictures and Switch Productions; Beep and Mort S1, Windmill Pictures; Talk To Me, Causeway Pictures.

The South Australian screen sector is set to shine once again at the Ruby Awards, the state’s highest honour recognising excellence in the arts and cultural sector, with six nominations for screen productions and practitioners announced today.

SA filmmakers Derik Lynch and Matthew Thorne with producers Matthew Thorne and Patrick Graham of Other Pictures and Switch Productions have been shortlisted for Outstanding Regional Event or Project for their SA made and SAFC supported short film Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black). Also supported by the Adelaide Film Festival, this critically acclaimed short film had its international premiere at Berlinale 2023, where it became the first Australian film to win the coveted Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film), and also won the Teddy Queer Film Award for Best Short Film. This year it also became the first short film to win the $20,000 Documentary Australia Award at the Sydney Film Festival.

Filmed in South Australia with support from the SAFC and Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund, Talk To Me has taken the world by storm as the hottest horror release of 2023. Now SA directors Danny and Michael Philippou’s feature debut has been nominated for the Ruby Award for Outstanding Work or Event Within a Festival for its sold-out Gala screening at Her Majesty’s Theatre for the Adelaide Film Festival 2022.

And Adelaide production company Windmill Pictures has received nominations in both the Outstanding Work, Event or Project for Young People and Outstanding Work or Event Outside a Festival categories for its SAFC supported TV series Beep and Mort – Series One, which premiered on ABC TV and iview in 2022. Season two has just wrapped filming at Adelaide Studios, and is set to premiere on ABC TV on 27 November, 2023.

Two screen events also made their mark, with the Adelaide 48 Hour Film Project 2022 picking up a nomination for Outstanding Community Event or Project and the Adelaide Film Festival shortlisted for Outstanding Collaboration for its Adelaide Film Festival EXPAND Lab 2022 in collaboration with Samstag Museum of Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Illuminate Adelaide and the Balnaves Foundation.

The SAFC extends congratulations to all the nominees.

The Ruby Awards will be announced at an invitation-only gala event at the Adelaide Festival Centre on 8 December 2023

Find out more about the 2023 Ruby Awards, and see the full list of nominees here.

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