2015 was a landmark year for Australian films at the local box office surpassing the 2001 record haul of $63 million to bank $86.8 million in receipts thanks to big-hitters Mad Max Fury Road and The Dressmaker. Both films packed a massive star-power punch with internationally acclaimed actors Kate Winslet and Tom Hardy – arguably one of the world’s biggest stars – as lead cast members.
But if Hollywood films have taught us anything, a massive bag of clams doesn’t always translate into audience satisfaction.
The Cinema Australia Audience Award is an opportunity for you – the audience – to have your say on what you thought was the best Australian film of the year. And the Cinema Australia team couldn’t be happier the result.
This year we received thousands of votes and it was a tight race. We were very happy to see small films like Paul Ireland’s Pawno and Jeff Asselin’s Pinch receive votes and as expected Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dressmaker and Last Cab To Darwin were the big receivers.
But the film that received the most votes and the winner of the Cinema Australia 2015 Audience Award is…
Holding The Man
Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it – the separations, the discrimination, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses – until the only problem that love can’t solve, tried to destroy them.
Directed by: Neil Armfield
Written by: Tommy Murphy
Starring: Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Ruch, Sarah Snook, Anthony LaPaglia
What Cinema Australia said: “Holding The Man is a triumph. Neil Armfield’s return to filmmaking deserves to be celebrated along with Ryan Corr’s fearless, captivating performance.”
Congratulations to Holding The Man on winning the Cinema Australia 2015 Audience Award.