The 2016 Ruby Awards were held at the Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Grainger Studios on Saturday night where Windmill Theatre Co took out awards for Best Work and Arts Innovation and Enterprise for Girl Asleep.
Windmill Artistic Director, Rosemary Myers, was there to accept the awards, along with the cream of the crop in South Australian Arts and Culture. Minister for the Arts, Jack Snelling, offered his well-wishes to the winners on the night. “Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this year’s Ruby Awards. It’s great to be able to pause briefly and pay tribute to the engine room of our arts and cultural sector.”
The Ruby Awards cap off what has been an amazing run for Girl Asleep. This is another incredible accolade to add to the award-winning film’s long list of national and international commendations.
South Australian designer Jonathon Oxlade has won an AACTA Award for Best Costume Design for the coming-of age film, Girl Asleep.
The sixth Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, which acknowledge excellence in film, television and documentary, was held at the Star Event Centre in Sydney today.
This major award caps off a remarkable year of accolades for Jonathon, who also recently won two APDG (The Australian Production Design Guild) Awards for Production and Costume Design and the coveted Sidney Myer Fellowship. Jonathon is Windmill Theatre Co’s Resident Designer and has worked for many theatre companies across Australia. As well as his award-winning work in theatre, Jonathon has also illustrated a number of picture books. Girl Asleep is his debut feature film and this is his first AACTA award.
Jonathon Oxlade said, “It’s such a thrill to win this esteemed award and be recognised by the best in the business for this film. I’m so proud of Girl Asleep, Windmill Theatre Co and the whole team.”
On the cusp of turning fifteen and confronted with an incomprehensible new world, Greta Driscoll (Bethany Whitmore) can’t bear to leave her childhood behind. She floats in a bubble of loserdom with her only friend Elliott (Harrison Feldman), until her parents throw a surprise 15th birthday party and Greta is flung into a dreamy, parallel universe – bizarrely erotic, a little violent, and thoroughly ludicrous. Only in this strange, surprising world can Greta truly find herself.
The film produced and shot entirely in South Australia with local actors, has played in 26 countries including Denmark, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Korea, Columbia, USA, Italy, Sweden and Argentina. It has also had a 21 city general release in major US cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Denver and Boston.
It has wowed audiences at several international film festivals, including the Berlin Film Festival and Buenos Aires Film Festival, and has won seven international awards including the Seattle Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, SA Screen Awards’ Best Film, The Age Critics’ Prize for the Best Australian Feature Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and Australia’s richest film prize, the $100,000 CinefestOZ Award.
Minister for the Arts, The Hon Jack Snelling said, “Congratulations to Jonathon Oxlade, Windmill Theatre Co and the entire team who worked on Girl Asleep, on winning this prestigious award for Best Costume Design. These awards are regarded as the highest recognition in film in this country and it is an incredible achievement for Windmill’s debut feature film. It is a wonderful cultural export we are extremely proud of.”
Windmill Theatre Co Artistic Director and Girl Asleep Director Rosemary Myers said, “We are so lucky to have such an extraordinary designer in Jonathon Oxlade on our Windmill team. The design elements of this film were integral to the story and he mastered the 70s décor and fashion down to the finest detail. We congratulate him on winning this significant award.”
For more information: Lindy Scott, Windmill Theatre Co, 0411 510 849, firstname.lastname@example.org
South Australian coming-of-age comic drama Girl Asleep has received seven AACTA nominations, namely:
The film produced and filmed entirely in South Australia with local actors, has played in 26 countries including Denmark, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Korea, Columbia, USA, Italy, Sweden and Argentina. It has also had a 21- city general release in major US cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Denver and Boston.
It has wowed audiences at several prestigious film festivals, including the Berlin Film Festival and Buenos Aires Film Festival, and has won seven international awards including the Seattle Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, SA Screen Awards’ Best Film, The Age Critics’ Prize for the best Australian feature film at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and Australia’s richest film prize, the $100,000 CinefestOZ Award.
Minister for the Arts The Hon Jack Snelling said, “We applaud Windmill Theatre Co and the entire team for this unique and inspiring South Australian film that embodies our state’s leadership in creativity and innovation. A work that began as a theatre show as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, then premiered as a film at the Adelaide Film Festival, this work has now been screened all over the world and is a wonderful cultural export we can all be proud of.’’
Girl Asleep was developed through the Adelaide Film Festival’s HIVE fund, supported by the Australia Council, Screen Australia, the ABC and the South Australian Film Corporation.
Director Rosemary Myers said, ‘‘It’s such a thrill to be nominated and we congratulate our fellow HIVE fund nominee Spear and South Australian films, Michelle’s Story and Highly Strung.’’
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Lindy Scott, Windmill Theatre Co, 0411 510 849, email@example.com
The prize for the best Australian feature in this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival has gone to a coming-of-age comedy with a difference.
Girl Asleep has picked up two gongs at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, including Grand Jury Award and the Futurewave Award for Best Futurewave Feature.
The jury said: “The Jury would like to recognize an ambitious feature debut. Truly original, theatrical, and impeccably choreographed, this coming of age story woke us up. Stylish, quirky but substantive, and with every frame filled with evocative and hilarious detail, the Jury Prize for best film in the official competition of the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival goes to Girl Asleep by Rosemary Myers.”
The nominees for the 17th annual South Australian Screen Awards (SASAs) have been announced.
Among the nominees for Best Feature film is the coming-of-age feature film Girl Asleep, which takes a look at the world through the weird and wonderful mind of a teenage girl with great performances by Australians Bethany Whitmore, Eamon Farren, Harrison Feldman, Danielle Catanzariti and Amber McMahon.
Seven Things You’ll Be Talking About This Year, From The Berlin International Film Festival. “The Germans were rolling in the aisles. The combination of dad jokes, an underdog spirit, dream sequences and elaborate sets of 1970s suburbia pastiche makes a twee but charming package, landing somewhere between Where The Wild Things Are, Garden State and a whacked out Fear And Loathing trip for 14-year-olds.” More.
“Nothing short of rapturous.” More.
“An effervescent yet astute splash of teen life that delights the eyes, warms the heart and tickles the funny bone in equal measures.” More.
“Girl Asleep is an exuberant example of imaginative filmmaking that takes its cues from imagination and talent — with nary a focus group in sight.” More.