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:: Spotlight :: Sixteen films up for AFI Feature Award in 2005

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Australian Film Institute (AFI) is delighted to announce that the Feature Film category for the 2005 AFI Awards has now been finalised, with sixteen Australian feature films entered in competition.

Although it has been a difficult time in gaining box office success stories, there are a number of well-made, deserved feature films in Australia over the past twelve months. This year’s entries include a rich and highly diverse line-up of Australian productions. AFI members have the opportunity to vote for their favourite feature film and they can be treated to an eclectic mix of viewing, drawing from a wide range of genres.

The AFI will begin its judging season for the 2005 AFI Awards with the National Judging Screenings in September and all sixteen nominated films are included in the screenings program.

Some of the films had a limited cinematic release, so the judges have this opportunity to view all the candidates and judge accordingly. The 2005 AFI Awards National Judging Screenings - with over 100 sessions in total - will be held concurrently in all states, commencing mid September.

The 2005 AFI Awards - Feature Films in Competition

Hating Alison Ashley, (dir Geoff Bennett), starring Delta Goodrem, Saskia Burmeister, Jean Kittson, Craig McLachlan

The Illustrated Family Doctor, (dir. Kriv Stenders), starring Samuel Johnson, Colin Friels, Jessica Napier, Sacha Horler

Three Dollars, (dir. Robert Connolly), starring David Wenham, Frances O'Connor, Sarah Wynter

You and Your Stupid Mate, (dir Marc Gracie), starring Nathan Phillips, Angus Sampson, Madeleine West, Rachel Hunter

The Extra, (dir. Kevin Carlin), starring Jimeoin, Katharine Slattery, Rhys Muldoon, Kristy Hinze, Bob Franklin

Human Touch, (dir. Paul Cox), starring Jacqueline McKenzie, Aden Young, Terry Norris, Aaron Blabey, Chris Haywood, Rebecca Frith, Simon McBurney, Kirsty Hutton

A Man's Gotta Do, (dir. Chris Kennedy), starring John Howard, Rebecca Frith, Alyssa, McClelland, Gyton Grantley

Little Fish, (dir. Rowan Woods), starring Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill, Martin Henderson

Peaches, (dir. Craig Monahan), starring Jacqueline McKenzie, Hugo Weaving, Emma Lung

Oyster Farmer, (dir. Anna Reeves), starring Kerry Armstrong, Alex O'Lachlan

Look Both Ways, (dir. Sarah Watt), starring Justine Clarke, William McInnes, Andrew S Gilbert

The Proposition, (dir. John Hillcoat), starring Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, David Wenham, Emily Watson

Lost Things, (dir. Martin Murphy), starring Leon Ford, Charlie Garber, Lenka Kripac, Steve Le Marquand

The Widower, (dir. Kevin Lucas), starring Chris Haywood

The Magician, (dir. Scott Ryan), starring Scott Ryan

Dreams for Life, (dir. Anna Kannava), starring Maria Mercedes, Dai Paterson

Anyone with a passion for film can join the AFI and register to vote in the 2005 AFI Awards. In doing so, AFI members will be entitled to see, and vote on, all nominated non-feature films in the categories of Best Short Fiction, Best Short Animation and Best Documentary, along with all 16 Feature Films in competition. AFI members with Professional Accreditation can also vote in Feature Film craft categories according to their film and TV credits.

To become an AFI member and register to vote for the 2005 AFI Awards call 1300 139 697 or visit the official website

The 2005 AFI Awards will be the flagship event of Melbourne on Screen, Australia’s largest celebration of film, television and new media.

For more information, visit

www.afi.org.au