Producer Sue Milliken to receive 2018 Chauvel Award

Sue Milliken.

The Gold Coast Film Festival will award national screen industry award, the Chauvel Award, to producer Sue Milliken this month.

With a career across film and TV stretching from the late 1960’s to today, Milliken is a highly regarded and lauded Australian producer. Most recently, Sue co-wrote and produced the Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black, set to be released in October.

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Milliken is the 20th recipient of the prestigious Chauvel Award, which was established in 1992, in honour of influential Australian filmmakers Charles and Elsa Chauvel and acknowledges individuals who have made a significant contribution to Australian screen industry.

On Thursday 28 June, the Gold Coast Film Festival will present Milliken with the Chauvel Award at a special industry event: Jenny Cooney In Conversation With Sue Milliken. The night will be an intimate look at Milliken’s career, accompanied by footage from her films and moderated by Hollywood entertainment journalist, Jenny Cooney.

Milliken’s prolific producing credits include The Fringe Dwellers, Black Robe (the first official Australia/Canada co-production), Sirens, Dating the Enemy, Paradise Road, the TV mini series My Brother Jack, 66 episodes of the US sci-fi TV series Farscape and the indigenous films Crocodile Story and The Redfern Story.

“This award is very special to me,” said Sue Milliken.

“I have always been a great admirer of Charles and Elsa Chauvel, who were pioneers of our industry with a grand vision for Australian films and Australian stories. It is such an honour to stand in their shadow.”

Milliken has been recognised for her remarkable work in the Australian screen industry by the 2018 Chauvel Award Committee, which features six of Australia’s most highly respected and sought-after film industry members including David Stratton, Jan ChapmanMelanie CoombsAlan Finney, Bruce Molloy and Tracey Vieira.

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Sue has served in numerous senior leadership roles in the Australian screen industry including Chair of the Australian Film Commission, past President of Screen Producers Australia and National President of the Australian Cinema Pioneers.

She is a recipient of the Australian Film Institute’s Raymond Longford Award and the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the film industry, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian International Movie Convention in 2016.

In addition to receiving many awards, Sue has published two books; a memoir about life in the Australian film industry, Selective Memory and a book of correspondence with the director Bruce Beresford, There’s a Fax From Bruce.

In 2016, with the support of Screen Queensland, the Gold Coast Film Festival reinvigorated the Chauvel Award, previously part of the Brisbane International Film Festival, and awarded Australian actress Claudia Karvan in 2016 and actress Deborah Mailman in 2017.

Previous award recipients have also included producer Anthony Buckley, directors George Miller, Rolf de Heer and Gillian Armstrong, actors Bryan Brown and Geoffrey Rush, cinematographer John Seale and documentary makers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson.

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Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher said it was an honour to welcome Sue Milliken to the Gold Coast for the Chauvel Award presentation.

“It’s a privilege to award The Chauvel Award to Sue – she is a ground-breaking Australian producer with an incredible body of work over the years and I look forward to hearing her many stories in her conversation with Jenny Cooney,” Ms Fisher said.

Attracting 16,300+ attendees to more than 100 films, industry panels and events in April, the Gold Coast Film Festival brings diverse Australian and International films, filmmakers and film events to the Gold Coast, enhancing the city’s cultural reputation, driving tourism and reinforcing the city’s position as one of Australia’s leading filmmaking destinations.

The Chauvel Award 2018 runs outside of the festival dates, as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival’s year-round series of screenings, Q&As and screen culture events.

Please visit www.gcfilmfestival.com for more information.

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