Cinema Australia 2015 Audience Award announced! And the winner is…

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.

Barry (Geoffrey Rush)

Barry (Geoffrey Rush)

Dick Conigrave (Guy Pearce), Mary-Gert Conigrave (Kerry Fox)

Dick Conigrave (Guy Pearce), Mary-Gert Conigrave (Kerry Fox)

John Caleo (Craig Stott), Pepe Trevor (Sarah Snook) and Tim Conigrave (Ryan Corr)

John Caleo (Craig Stott), Pepe Trevor (Sarah Snook) and Tim Conigrave (Ryan Corr)

 John Caleo (Craig Stott)

John Caleo (Craig Stott)

Tim Conigrave (Ryan Corr), Dick Conigrave (Guy Pearce), Mary-Gert Conigrave (Kerry Fox)

Tim Conigrave (Ryan Corr), Dick Conigrave (Guy Pearce), Mary-Gert Conigrave (Kerry Fox)

Tim Conigrave (Ryan Corr), John Caleo (Craig Stott)

Tim Conigrave (Ryan Corr), John Caleo (Craig Stott)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s