Joel Edgerton, Baz Luhrmann, Jacki Weaver, and other Australians made good in Hollywood, will be honoured at the Oct. 24 Australians in Film Awards dinner in Los Angeles.
As first reported in The Hollywood Reporter, Edgerton and his Blue Tongue Films collaborators Kieran Darcy-Smith, Luke Doolan, his sibling Nash Edgerton, Mirrah Foulkes, David Michod and Spencer Susser, will receive the Orry Kelly International award, for their success in introducing Australian filmmakers to an international audience, in films such as Animal Kingdom and Wish You Were Here.
They will share the gong with The Great Gatsby writer, director and producer Luhrmann, who is receiving the award for ongoing development of Australian talent. The international award is so named for Australian costume designer Orry George Kelly, Australia's most prolific Oscar winning costume designer.
The L.A.-based Australians in Film serves as the industry guild for Australian filmmakers and performers. It will also present actors Alex O'Loughlin and Animal Kingdom's Sullivan Stapleton and Weaver with the AiF Breakthrough Award.
AusFilm, the Australian government body charged with promoting Australia as a location for film production and post/VFX work, has a hand in creating the Australians in Film event (Ausfilm's Executive Vice President, International Production, Tracey Viera, is President of Australians in Film). This year the organisation is also saying thanks to one of the Hollywood studio executives responsible for sending some US$2billion worth of location and post/VFX work to Australia. Warner Bros. president of worldwide physical production Steve Papazian, is credited with bringing 38 projects to Australia over several decades.