/News 22.11.18


Western Australian projects have received 30 nominations across seven projects for the 2018 Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, including:

  • 15 nominations in the Feature Film category for BREATH, JIRGA and 1%
  • 12 nominations in the Television category for MYSTERY ROAD, and
  • 3 nominations in the Short Form category for SMALL TOWN HACKERS, JUDAS COLLAR and iRONY

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, 5 December 2018.

WA Nominees

BREATH – Feature Film

Produced by Mark Johnson, Simon Baker and Jamie Hilton (Gran Via, Windalong Films & See Pictures)

BREATH follows two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, in mid-70s coastal Australia, who form an unlikely friendship with an enigmatic man and his wife, who push them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.


  • Best Film
  • Best Direction (Simon Baker)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Simon Baker)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Elizabeth Debicki)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Gerard Lee, Simon Baker, Tim Winton)
  • Best Cinematography (Marden Dean, Rick Rifici)
  • Best Editing (Dany Cooper)
  • Best Sound (Robert Mackenzie)
  • Best Casting (Nikki Barrett)

JIRGA – Feature Film

Directed by Benjamin Gilmour and Produced by John Maynard (Felix Media)

Three years after an Australian army helicopter raid on a small village led to the killing of an unarmed man, former Australian soldier Mike returns to Afghanistan to find the victim’s family.


  • Best Indie Film

1% – Feature Film

Produced by Jamie Hilton & Michael Pontin (See Pictures/Ticket To Ride)

1% is a story of brotherhood, loyalty, ambition and betrayal, set within the world of Australian motorcycle gangs. The film is a modern-day Macbeth, following Paddo, heir to the throne of the Copperheads MC, who must assume the mantle whilst club leader Knuck does time in jail.


  • Best Lead Actor (Ryan Corr)
  • Best Lead Actress (Abbey Lee)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Josh McConville)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Simone Kessell)
  • Best Original Screenplay (Matt Nable)


Produced by David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin (ABC/Bunya Productions)

When there is a mysterious disappearance on an outback cattle station, Detective Jay Swan is assigned to investigate. Working with local cop Emma James, Jay’s investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens to unravel the fabric of the whole community.


  • Best Drama Series
  • Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama (Aaron Pedersen)
  • Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama (Judy Davis)
  • Best Guest or Supporting Action in a Television Drama (Wayne Blair)
  • Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama (Deborah Mailman)
  • Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama (Tasma Walton)
  • Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy (Episode 4: Rachel Perkins)
  • Best Screenplay in Television (Episode 5: Timothy Lee, Kodie Bedford, Steven McGregor, Michaeley O’Brien)
  • Best Cinematography in Television (Episode 4: Mark Wareham)
  • Best Editing in Television (Episode 5: Deborah Peart)
  • Best Original Music Score in Television (Episode 4: Antony Partos, Matteo Zingales)


Produced by Lauren Elliott, Matt Lovkis & Henry Inglis (Mad Kids)

When Alex Gout returns to his backwater hometown, he is shocked to discover the police lied about the death of his high school sweetheart, Lucy Boddington. Alex must enlist the help of his idiot younger brother, Devon and his ragtag gang of wannabe hackers to get to the bottom of the mystery.


  • Best Online Video or Series


Written/Directed by Alison James and Produced by Brooke Silcox (No Thing Productions)

Still from short film JUDAS COLLAR. Photo by Jessica Wyld Photography © No Thing Productions.

In outback Australia a wild female camel is captured and fitted with a tracking device known as a Judas Collar.


  • Best Short Fiction Film


iRONY – Short Film

Produced by Radheya Jegatheva (Curtin University)

A film that explores the relationship between man and technology… told from the perspective of a phone.


  • Best Short Animation


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