1979 Australian Film Institute Awards

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The 21st Australian Film Institute Awards ceremony, presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), honored the best Australian feature films of 1979.

1979 Australian Film Institute Awards
DateWednesday, 18 September 1979
SiteRegent Theatre
Sydney, New South Wales
Hosted byGraham Kennedy
Television coverage

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and marked in a separate colour, in boldface.

Category Winners
Best Film My Brilliant Career  – Margaret Fink
Cathy's Child  – Tom Oliver, Errol Sullivan
In Search of Anna  – Esben Storm
Mad Max  – Byron Kennedy
Best Actor Mel Gibson – Tim
Alan Cassell – Cathy's Child
Richard Moir – In Search of Anna
Michael Preston – The Last of the Knucklemen
Best Actress Michelle Fawdon – Cathy's Child
Judy Davis – My Brilliant Career
Sigrid Thornton – Snapshot
Ruth Cracknell – The Night the Prowler
Best Supporting Actor Alwyn Kurts – Tim
Hugh Keays-Byrne – Mad Max
Robert Grubb – My Brilliant Career
Michael Duffield – The Last of the Knucklemen
Best Supporting Actress Patricia Evison – Tim
Aileen Britton – My Brilliant Career
Patricia Kennedy – My Brilliant Career
Wendy Hughes – My Brilliant Career
Best Original Screenplay In Search of Anna – Esben Storm
Kostas – Linda Aronson
Mad Max – James McClausand, George Miller
Palm Beach – Albie Thoms
Best Screenplay Adapted From Other Material My Brilliant Career – Eleanor Witcombe
Cathy's Child – Ken Quinnell
The Last of the Knucklemen – Tim Burstall
Money Movers – Bruce Beresford
Best Cinematography My Brilliant Career – Donald McAlpine
Mad Max – David Eggby
In Search of Anna – Michael Edols
Snapshot – Vincent Monton
Best Editing Mad Max – Tony Paterson, Clifford Hayes
Money Movers – William M. Anderson
My Brilliant Career – Nicholas Beauman
The Odd Angry Shot – Brian Kavanagh
Best Original Music Score Mad Max – Brian May
The Night the Prowler – Cameron Allen
In Search of Anna – John Martyn
The Last of the Knucklemen – Bruce Smeaton
Best Costume Design My Brilliant Career – Anna Senior
Mad Max – Clare Griffin
The Night the Prowler – Luciana Arrighi
The Last of the Knucklemen – Kevin Regan



  1. ^ "Winners & Nominees". Retrieved February 1, 2022.

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