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2011 winner form y separately published work icon Red Dog Daniel Taplitz , ( dir. Kriv Stenders ) Australia : Woss Group Film Productions Pty Ltd , 2011 Z1769568 2011 single work film/TV

'Based on the true story of a nomadic red kelpie that won the hearts of hundreds of West Australian outback residents.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2010 winner form y separately published work icon Tomorrow, When the War Began Stuart Beattie , ( dir. Stuart Beattie ) Australia : Ambience Entertainment , 2009 Z1623916 2009 single work film/TV science fiction

Seven teenagers camp in a remote and idyllic location deep in the countryside. But that night, they see the sky filled with military aircraft, and return home to find their houses deserted and the locals detained in the showground. Escaping detection, the teenagers form themselves into a guerilla unit, hoping to prevent the invading Coalition Nations from bringing any more troops in by destroying the only bridge to nearby Cobbler's Bay, where the troop ships are moored.

2009 winner form y separately published work icon Samson and Delilah Warwick Thornton , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) Scarlett Pictures CAAMA Productions , 2009 Z1561915 2009 single work film/TV (taught in 9 units)

'Samson and Delilah tells the story of two Aboriginal teenagers in a remote community. They live in a sparse environment but one that absorbs all manner of cultural influences, where dot painting and country music exist side by side. Samson gets through his days by sniffing, while Delilah is the caregiver for her nana before taking a moment for herself to listen to Latino music. Their journey ranges across many of the most urgent issues concerning Indigenous people in Australia, homelessness, poverty, domestic violence and substance abuse, but it does so with tenderness, dignity, and even humour.'

Source: Adelaide Film Festival website, Sighted: 23/02/2009

2008 winner form y separately published work icon Men's Group Michael Joy , John L. Simpson , ( dir. Michael Joy ) Australia : Titan View , 2008 Z1533971 2008 single work film/TV

' Men's Group is the story of six very different men; Paul, Freddy, Cecil, Lucas, Moses and Alex . They meet once a week at Paul's home to talk. When they begin they are complete strangers.

'They soon discover that they have something in common, being male. As trust grows between them they gradually begin to share as they learn to listen to each other. They discover that they are not quite so alone in their fears as they had presumed.

'It takes a tragedy for the men to finally understand that they must take responsibilities [sic] for their own lives and those of their loved ones.'

Source: Men's Group website,

Sighted 02/10/2009

2007 winner form y separately published work icon The Jammed Dee McLachlan , ( dir. Dee McLachlan ) Australia : The Picture Tank Jammed Films , 2007 Z1435196 2007 single work film/TV thriller crime

After an accidental meeting at the airport, a bored insurance clerk is drawn into the world of illegal Melbourne brothels, illegal immigrants, and enslaved sex workers.

2006 winner form y separately published work icon Kenny Clayton Jacobson , Shane Jacobson , ( dir. Clayton Jacobson ) Melbourne : Thunderbox Films , 2006 Z1793972 2006 single work film/TV (taught in 2 units)

'From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all. Ignored and unappreciated, he is one of the cogs in society's machinery; a knight in shining overalls taking care of business with his faithful 'Splashdown' crew.

Follow Kenny as he tackles every septic challenge that comes his way, culminating in a pilgrimage to that Mecca of waste management, the International Pumper and Cleaner Expo in Nashville Tennessee - or as Kenny affectionately calls it, "Poo HQ".

One of Australia's roughest diamonds juggles family tensions, fatherhood and sewage with charm, humour and unflinching dignity.'

Source: (Sighted 27/7/11)

2003 winner form y separately published work icon Japanese Story Alison Tilson , Fitzroy : Gecko Films , 2002 (Manuscript version)x401999 Z1498780 2002 single work film/TV (taught in 10 units)

'Sandy, a geologist, finds herself stuck on a field trip to the Pilbara desert with a Japanese man she finds inscrutable, annoying and decidedly arrogant. Hiromitsu's view of her is not much better. Things go from bad to worse when they become stranded in one of the most remote regions on earth. JAPANESE STORY is a journey of change and discovery for its two lead characters.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2002 winner form y separately published work icon The Tracker Rolf De Heer , ( dir. Rolf De Heer ) Australia : Vertigo Productions , 2002 Z1036534 2002 single work film/TV (taught in 4 units)

'A set of mountain ranges in the outback, 1922 ... horseback country, and the Fanatic leads the two other white men, the Follower and the Philosopher, and the Tracker, in the pursuit of the Fugitive. Through massacre and murder the hunt continues, until the clear-cut notions of truth and justice are subverted and the questions become not will the Fugitive be caught, but what is black and what is white and who is leading whom?'

Source: Screen Australia.