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Inaugural Lottie Lyell Award for Prisoners and Pups creator Shalom Almond (17 October 2018)

October 18 2018

SAFC announced the recipient of the inaugural Lottie Lyell Award and prize of $20,000 as Shalom Almond, to develop her bold new multi-faceted, multi-platform project, Through Prisoner Eyes. This new award was launched to commemorate Lottie Lyell’s trail-blazing impact on the industry, 100 years after she and Raymond Longford established South Australia’s first production company, and is for a female screen practitioner, based in South Australia, who is as innovative in our time as Lottie was in hers.

The announcement was made during the Adelaide Film Festival Awards event, and presented by renowned filmmaker Gillian Armstrong, director of My Brilliant Career, Starstruck and High Tide, who made her first documentary Smokes and Lollies in South Australia in 1974, the first documentary ever made by the SAFC. The film became the first of a recurring series about a group of women growing up and growing older in Adelaide.

Shalom Almond’s documentary Prisoners and Pups which world premiered at Adelaide Film Festival in 2017 gave her unique access to the Adelaide Womens Prison as she documented a groundbreaking program that gives a small group of women inmates and former racing greyhounds a second chance at life. Prisoners and Pups will next month embark on a tour jointly funded by the SAFC, The Greyhound Adoption (GAP) SA and the Department for Corrections SA with 17 screenings across regional South Australia and includes a speaking program with former inmates, representatives of the Department of Corrections and other advocates in the area.

Read the full release here.