AACTA Award for Best Production Design

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AACTA Award for Best Cinematography
Presented byAustralian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
First awarded1976
Currently held byColin Gibson, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

The AACTA Award for Best Production Design is an award presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), a non-profit organisation whose aim is to "identify, award, promote and celebrate Australia's greatest achievements in film and television."[1] The award is presented at the annual AACTA Awards, which hand out accolades for achievements in feature film, television, documentaries and short films.[2] From 1976 to 2010, the category was presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), the academy's parent organisation, at the annual Australian Film Institute Awards (known as the AFI Awards).[3] When the AFI launched the academy in 2011, it changed the annual ceremony to the AACTA Awards, with the current award being a continuum of the AFI Award for Best Production Design.[3]

Best Production Design was first presented as Best Art Direction in 1977.[4] The name changed to its current one in 1983.[5] The award is presented to the production designer of a film that is Australian-made, or with a significant amount of Australian content.

Year Film
1977 The Picture Show Man David Copping
Break of Day Wendy Dickson
Oz Robbie Perkins
Storm Boy David Copping
1978 Newsfront Lissa Coote
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Wendy Dickson
The Getting of Wisdom John Stoddart, Richard D. Kent
The Mango Tree Leslie Binns
1979 My Brilliant Career Luciana Arrighi
The Last Of The Knucklemen Leslie Binns
Mad Max Jon Dowding
Money Movers David Copping
1980 Breaker Morant David Copping
The Chain Reaction Graham 'Grace' Walker
Harlequin Bernard Hides
Stir Lee Whitmore
1981 Gallipoli Herbert Pinter, Wendy Stites
Fatty Finn Lissa Coote
Grendel Grendel Grendel Alex Stitt
The Survivor Bernard Hides
Winter of Our Dreams Lee Whitmore
1982 Mad Max 2 Graham 'Grace' Walker
The Return of Captain Invincible David Copping
Squizzy Taylor Logan Brewer
Starstruck Brian Thomson
1983 Careful, He Might Hear You John Stoddart
Undercover Herbert Pinter
The Wild Duck Darrell Lass
The Year of Living Dangerously Herbert Pinter, Wendy Stites
1984 Strikebound Tracy Watt, Harry Zettel, MacGregor Knox
Razorback Bryce Walmsley
Silver City Igor Nay
Street Hero Brian Thomson
1985 Rebel Brian Thomson
Bliss Owen Paterson, Wendy Dickson
The Coca-Cola Kid Graham 'Grace' Walker
Frog Dreaming Jon Dowding
1986 Playing Beatie Bow George Liddle
Dead End Drive-In Lawrence Eastwood
For Love Alone John Stoddart
The Right-Hand Man Neil Angwin
1987 Ground Zero Brian Thomson
Bullseye George Liddle
The Place at the Coast Owen Paterson
To Market To Market Virginia Rouse
1988 The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey Sally Campbell
Dangerous Game Igor Nay
Incident at Raven's Gate Judith Russell
Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds Sean Callinan
1989 Ghosts… of the Civil Dead Chris Kennedy
Dead Calm Graham 'Grace' Walker
Georgia Jon Dowding
Island Neil Angwin
1990 Flirting Roger Ford
The Big Steal Paddy Reardon
Blood Oath Bernard Hides
Weekend with Kate Lawrence Eastwood
1991 Spotswood Chris Kennedy
Aya Jennie Tate
Deadly Peta Lawson
Isabelle Eberhardt Bryce Perrin, Geoffroy Larcher
1992 Strictly Ballroom Catherine Martin
The Last Days of Chez Nous Janet Patterson
Love in Limbo David McKay
Romper Stomper Steven Jones-Evans
1993 The Piano Andrew McAlpine
Broken Highway Lesley Crawford
Resistance MacGregor Knox
Say a Little Prayer Chris Kennedy
1994 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Owen Paterson
Gino Chris Kennedy
Muriel's Wedding Paddy Reardon
Traps Michael Philips
1995 Metal Skin Steven Jones-Evans
All Men Are Liars Murray Pope
Mushrooms George Liddle
That Eye, the Sky Chris Kennedy
1996 Children of the Revolution Roger Ford
Love Serenade Steven Jones-Evans
Shine Vicki Niehus
To Have & to Hold Chris Kennedy
1997 The Well Michael Philips
Doing Time for Patsy Cline Roger Ford
Idiot Box Kerith Holmes
Thank God He Met Lizzie Clarissa Patterson
1998 Oscar and Lucinda Luciana Arrighi
Dead Letter Office Chris Kennedy
The Interview Richard Bell
Radiance Sarah Stollman
1999 Passion Murray Picknett
In a Savage Land Nicholas McCallum
Praise Michael Philips
Siam Sunset Steven Jones-Evans
2000 Bootmen Murray Picknett
Better Than Sex Tara Kamath
Chopper Paddy Reardon
Looking for Alibrandi Stephen Curtis
2001 Moulin Rouge! Catherine Martin
The Bank Luigi Pittorino
Lantana Kim Buddee
La Spagnola Dee Molineaux
2002 Dirty Deeds Chris Kennedy
Garage Days Michael Philips
Rabbit-Proof Fence Roger Ford
Swimming Upstream
2003 Ned Kelly Steven Jones-Evans
Gettin' Square Nicholas McCallum
Japanese Story Paddy Reardon
The Night We Called It a Day Michael Philips
2004 Somersault Melinda Doring
Love's Brother Paul Heath
One Perfect Day MacGregor Knox, Patrick Bennet, Joseph Keily
Tom White Dan Potra
2005 The Proposition Chris Kennedy
Little Fish Luigi Pittorino
Look Both Ways Rita Zanchetta
Three Dollars Luigi Pittorino
2006 Macbeth David McKay
Candy Robert Cousins
Suburban Mayhem Nell Hanson
Ten Canoes Beverley Freeman
2007 The Home Song Stories Melinda Doring
Clubland Nell Hanson
Noise Paddy Reardon
Romulus, My Father Robert Cousins
2008 Death Defying Acts Gemma Jackson
The Children of Huang Shi Steven Jones-Evans
The Tender Hook Pete Baxter
Unfinished Sky Laurie Faen
2009 Australia Catherine Martin, Ian Gracie, Karen Murphy, Beverley Dunn
Balibo Robert Cousins
Mao's Last Dancer Herbert Pinter
Mary and Max Adam Elliot
2010 Bright Star Janet Patterson
Animal Kingdom Josephine Ford
Beneath Hill 60 Clayton Jauncey
Tomorrow, When the War Began Robert Webb, Michelle McGahey, Damien Drew, Beverley Dunn
AACTA Awards
The Eye of the Storm Melinda Doring
The Hunter Steven Jones-Evans
Red Dog Ian Gracie
Sleeping Beauty Annie Beauchamp
The Sapphires Melinda Doring
Burning Man Steven Jones-Evans
Killer Elite Michelle McGahey
Lore Silke Fischer
The Great Gatsby Catherine Martin, Ian Gracie, Karen Murphy, Beverley Dunn
Adoration Annie Beauchamp
The Rocket Pete Baxter
Predestination Matthew Putland
The Babadook Alex Holmes
The Rover Josephine Ford
The Water Diviner Chris Kennedy
Mad Max: Fury Road Colin Gibson
Cut Snake Josephine Ford
The Dressmaker Roger Ford
Partisan Steven Jones-Evans, Sarah Cyngler
Hacksaw Ridge Barry Robison
The Daughter Steven Jones-Evans
Girl Asleep Jonathon Oxlade
Goldstone Matt Putland
Lion Chris Kennedy
Berlin Syndrome Melinda Doring
The Death and Life of Otto Bloom Ben Morieson
Jasper Jones Herbert Pinter
Peter Rabbit Roger Ford, Lisa Thompson
Cargo Jo Ford
Upgrade Felicity Abbott, Katie Sharrock
Winchester Vanessa Cerne, Matthew Putland
The King Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
Hotel Mumbai Steven Jones-Evans
Judy and Punch Jo Ford
The Nightingale Alex Holmes
True History of the Kelly Gang Karen Murphy, Rebecca Cohen
Babyteeth Sherree Philips
I Am Woman Michael Turner, Richie Dehne
The Invisible Man Alex Holmes, Katie Sharrock
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears Robert Perkins
Mortal Kombat Naaman Marshall
2067 Jacinta Leong
Nitram Alice Babidge
Penguin Bloom Annie Beauchamp
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Roger Ford


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