1980 Australian Film Institute Awards

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1980 Australian Film Institute Awards
DateWednesday, 17 September 1980
SiteRegent Theatre
Sydney, New South Wales
Hosted byGraham Kennedy
Directed byJacqui Culliton[1]
Best FilmBreaker Morant
Most awardsBreaker Morant (10)
Most nominationsBreaker Morant (13)
Television coverage

The 22nd Australian Film Institute Awards ceremony, presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), honoured the best Australian feature films of 1980, and took place on 17 September 1980 at Regent Theatre, in Sydney, New South Wales. The ceremony was hosted by Graham Kennedy and televised in Australia on ABC. [2][3]

Breaker Morant was nominated for thirteen awards and won ten, in all categories it was nominated for, including Best Film and Best Direction for Bruce Beresford. Other winners with two were Hard Knocks, and Manganinnie and ...Maybe This Time with one.

When the Australian Film Institute established the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) in 2011, the awards became known as the AACTA Awards.

Winners and nominees[edit]

The nominees were announced on 29 August 1980.[4] Breaker Morant received 13 nominations across ten feature film award categories, winning all ten categories it was nominated for including: Best Film, Best Direction for Bruce Beresford, Best Actor for Jack Thompson, Best Supporting Actor for Bryan Brown and Best Screenplay for Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens, Bruce Beresford.[2] Stir received ten nominations in the same categories but walked away with none.[5] The only other winners in the feature film categories was Tracy Mann for Best Actress, for Hard Knocks; Jury Prize for Hard Knocks; Jill Perryman for Best Supporting Actress, for ...Maybe This Time; and Peter Sculthorpe for Best Original Music Score, for Manganinnie.[5]

Non-feature films were awarded with a prize at the awards, but are considered the best in their categories by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA).[5] Although Bird of the Thunder Woman is considered the winner of the Best Cinematography – Documentary category, it was the recipient of a "silver prize" at the awards, while No Such a Place, also a finalist in the category, was presented with a "bronze prize".[2]

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

Category Winners
Best Film Breaker Morant  – Matthew Carroll
Manganinnie  – Gilda Baracchi
...Maybe This Time  – Brian Kavanagh
Stir  – Richard Brennan
Best Direction Bruce Beresford – Breaker Morant
Simon Wincer – Harlequin
John Honey – Manganinnie
Stephen Wallace – Stir
Best Actor Jack Thompson – Breaker Morant
Edward Woodward – Breaker Morant
Bryan Brown – Stir
Max Phipps – Stir
Best Actress Tracy Mann – Hard Knocks
Carmen Duncan – Harlequin
Mawuyul Yanthalawuy – Manganinnie
Judy Morris – ...Maybe This Time
Best Supporting Actor Bryan Brown – Breaker Morant
Charles Tingwell – Breaker Morant
Lewis Fitz-Gerald – Breaker Morant
Dennis Miller – Stir
Best Supporting Actress Jill Perryman – ...Maybe This Time
Jude Kuring – ...Maybe This Time
Michelle Fawdon – ...Maybe This Time
Lorna Lesley – The Chain Reaction
Best Screenplay Breaker Morant – Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens, Bruce Beresford
Hard Knocks – Hilton Bonner, Don McLennan
...Maybe This Time – Anne Brooksbank, Bob Ellis
Stir – Bob Jewson
Best Cinematography Breaker Morant – Donald McAlpine
Manganinnie – Gary Hansen
Stir – Geoff Burton
The Chain Reaction – Russell Boyd
Best Editing Breaker Morant – William M. Anderson
Harlequin – Adrian Carr
Stir – Henry Dangar
The Chain Reaction – Tim Wellburn
Best Sound Breaker Morant – Gary Wilkins, William Anderson, Jeanine Chialvo, Phill Judd
Harlequin – Gary Wilkins, Adrian Carr, Peter Fenton
Stir – Gary Wilkins, Andrew Steuart, Phill Judd
The Chain Reaction – Lloyd Carrick, Tim Wellburn, Phill Judd
Best Original Music Score Manganinnie – Peter Sculthorpe
...Maybe This Time – Bruce Smeaton
Stir – Cameron Allan
The Chain Reaction – Andrew Thomas Wilson
Best Art Direction Breaker Morant – David Copping
Harlequin – Bernard Hides
Stir – Lee Whitmore
The Chain Reaction – Graham Walker
Best Costume Design Breaker Morant – Anna Senior
Harlequin – Terry Ryan
Manganinnie – Graham Purcell
The Chain Reaction – Norma Moriceau
Best Documentary Front Line – David Bradbury
Best Short Fiction Film Gary's Story – Richard Mihalchak
Best Short Animation Pussy Pumps Up – Antoinette Starkiewicz
Best Experimental Film Self Portrait Blood Red – Ivam Durrant
Best Cinematography – Documentary Bird of the Thunder Woman – David Parer
No Such a Place – Peter Butt, Tom Cowan

Special awards[edit]

Raymond Longford Award
Jury Prize

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Flynn, Greg (8 October 1980). "The night of the OZCAR, Kirk Douglas and Hie King star". The Australian Women's Weekly. Nine Entertainment Co. pp. 22, 23. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Hogan, Christine (18 September 1980). "Stars of the Australian Film Awards". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. pp. 1, 14. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  3. ^ Flynn, Greg (6 August 1980). "Kennedy, Aunty Join for Awards". Australian Women's Weekly (ACP Magazines). Nine Entertainment Co. p. 18. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  4. ^ "AFI AWARDS. 1980 : BACKGROUNDER AND NOMINATIONS". National Film and Sound Archive. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b c "AACTA – Past Winners 1980". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. (AACTA). Retrieved 17 September 2011.[permanent dead link]

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