Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards 2021

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards 2021

Each year, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards are held to recognise and honour outstanding achievements in the Australian film and television industry.

Held at the Sydney Opera House on 8 December 2021 this year, MDW provided legal services for a number of nominees, including Wakefield, The End, The Furnace, Penguin Bloom and 2067.

MDW is also honoured to have provided legal services for The Newsreader, which swept the awards with 16 nominations and 5 wins for:

  • Best Drama Series – Joanna Werner, Michael Lucas – Werner Film Productions
  • Best Direction in Drama or Comedy Series (Episode 1: One, Two, Three…) Emma Freeman
  • Best Lead Actress in a Drama – Anna Torv
  • Best Supporting Actor – William McInnes
  • Best Production Design in Television (Episode 1: One, Two, Three…) Melinda Doring

Thanks to Marco Angele’s legal work on the series!

Other projects which MDW’s legal team worked on that won at the AACTA Award’s this week include:

New Gold Mountain – legal services provided by Odilla O’Boyle

  • Best Original Score On Television (Caitlin Yeo)
  • Best Costume Design (Episode 1: Propriety) Cappi Ireland

The Dry – legal services provided by Kylie Joiner and Bryce Menzies

  • Best Adapted Screenplay in Film – Rob Connolly, Harry Cripps
  • Best Cinematography in Film – Stefan Duscio
  • And the Audience Choice Award for Favourite Film

My Name is Gulpilil – legal services provided by Bryce Menzies and Davina Colquhoun

  • Best Documentary – Molly Reynolds (Dir.), Rolf De Heer, Peter Djigirr, David Gullpilil – Vertigo Productions
  • Best Editing in a Documentary – Tania M. Nehme

Mr Inbetween – legal services provided by Clem Dunn

  • Best Lead Actor in a Drama – Scott Ryan
  • Best Screenplay in Television (Episode 6: Ray Who?) – Scott Ryan