Directors Bob Connolly, Tony Tilse and 1st AD Chris Webb will receive special career achievement awards at next week's Australian Directors Guild (ADG) awards.
The peer-voted acknowledgements recognise Connolly's outstanding body of documentary work, Tilse's lengthy credits in television drama, and Webb's extensive career as a first assistant director.
Connolly's Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to a director whom the ADG board resognises for an outstanding body or work during their career (in any genre). Connolly's career includes five documentary collaborations with his late wife Robin Anderson, such as their Papua New Guinea trilogy, the Oscar-nominated First Contact, and Joe Leahy's Neighbours and Black Harvest. They later enjoyed widespread acclaim for their acute observations of the machiavellian nature of loval government politics with 1996's Rats in the Ranks; their last film together was Facing the Music, which won the AFI award for Best Documentary for its articulation of a tertiary performing arts faculty's bureaucratic frustrations. Connolly has recently completed his sixth feature documentary, Mrs Carey's Concert, with co-director Sophie Raymond.
Tilse will receive the Michael Carson Award for excellence in TV drama production for his near-20-year career spent directing Australian television drama (including G.P., all three series of Underbelly, as well as All Saints, Blue Water High, and Police Rescue, and numerous telemovies).
Webb will receive the First Assistant Directors Award for his work on some 35 feature films, including director Kriv Stenders' latest, Red Dog (Stenders will present the award to Webb). Webb has worked on 35 feature films as first assistant director since 1985, including 2010 features Red Dog (directed by Kriv Stenders) and the upcoming Icon release, Oranges and Sunshine.
The ADG Awards will be held at Sydney's Astral restaurant on September 23, at a dinner hoste by Jamie Leonarder.
Find out more about the contenders for the 2010 ADG Awards here.