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2019 Australians in Film Awards Honourees Announced!

Ruby Rose, Sarah Snook and Dacre Montgomery among the 2019 Australians in Film Awards Honourees.

Eddie Perfect will host the 8th annual fundraising event at Intercontinental Los Angeles on October 23.

Australians in Film (AiF) is excited to announce the first round of 2019 honourees for the 8th AiF Awards Gala and Benefit Dinner, an annual fundraising event celebrating Australian talent in the entertainment industry. This year’s event will take place at Intercontinental Los Angeles on Wednesday 23 October, 2019.

Fresh off the announcement of her casting as Kate Kane in The CW’s Batwoman, actress Ruby Rose will receive the Create NSW Annette Kellerman Award which celebrates a screen industry figure who has been a trailblazing role model for Australian women. Sarah Snook (HBO’s Succession), Dacre Montgomery (Netflix’s Stranger Things) and director Anthony Maras (Hotel Mumbai) will each be honoured with the Screen Australia Breakthrough Award, which recognizes Australian screen talent who have had major international presence over the past year. Warner Bros’ President Worldwide Physical Production, Bill Draper will receive the Ausfilm International Award for his contribution to the Australian film industry.

The fundraising event will be hosted by Australian singer-songwriter, comedian, writer and actor, Eddie Perfect, best known for his performance in critically acclaimed series Offspring and more recently for his Tony-nominated work on Broadway, writing the score for Beetlejuice.

The Create NSW Annette Kellerman Award was first awarded to Rebel Wilson in 2016. Since then the Emmy-nominated director of The Handmaid’s Tale Kate Dennis and comedian Hannah Gadsby (Nanette) have both been recipients.

Of her recognition, Rose said: “I am so proud to receive this award. As an Australian woman who also had to carve her own path to get to where I am today, I can only imagine the barriers Annette Kellerman had to break to accomplish what she did. Thank you to AiF for this incredible honor.”

Snook, Montgomery and Maras will join previous breakthrough honourees including Margot Robbie, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Debicki, Joel Edgerton, Katherine Langford, Keiynan Lonsdale and Mia Wasikowska. “We Aussie filmmakers are truly blessed to have bodies like Screen Australia and Australians in Film in our corner,” said Maras. “I am so grateful for the support Screen Oz has offered since my very first short film, so honoured to receive this Breakthrough Award, and so thankful to AiF for getting our work out to the wider world.”

Snook commented: “Being a recipient of an AiF Breakthrough Award feels like being given a dignified pat on the back from a bunch of your mates, and a bunch of people you look up to that you wish were your mates. I absolutely love being part of such a vibrant, unified community, and am so proud of what Australians continue to achieve on the international stage. It's an honour for AiF to recognise my small contribution to that this year.”

Of his recognition, Montgomery said: “I am beyond words, humbled and flattered at the acknowledgement of my pursuit to be a part of this amazing industry. Upon hearing this, I took the news to my 10 year old self. Smiling from ear to ear, I doubt he would have believed it. But, he had a dream. I have a dream. I believed in myself. Thank you AiF for this, this is a testament to those who believe in themselves unequivocally. That anyone can go out there and make their dream a REALITY. So, go out there and get it!"

Bill Draper will be presented with the Ausfilm International Award for his contribution to the Australian screen industry. Draper has been responsible for productions such as Aquaman, The Great Gatsby, Happy Feet 1 & 2, Where the Wild Things Are, Fool’s Gold, Queen of the Damned and The Matrix trilogy shooting in Australia and Gravity, Crazy Rich Asians and IT Chapter 2 completing visual effects working with Australian VFX studios, to name a few.

“My first venture to Australia was in 1998 to see if we could make The Matrix not knowing whether the infrastructure or crew base could accommodate a large scale and technical film,” said Draper. “I was quickly dissuaded of my concerns and pleasantly surprised as the Australian industry was more than up to the challenge. That experience kicked off a wonderful relationship both personally and professionally between Warner Bros. and Australia that more than 20 years and almost 40 projects later it is stronger than ever. Australia has firmly established itself as one of the premier production centres in the world.”

The 8th AiF Awards Gala and Benefit Dinner is presented by Ausfilm, Screen Australia and Create NSW and proudly supported by media partners Vogue and GQ Australia, together with Qantas, AiF's official airline and hotel partner, The Standard Hollywood. Beverage partners include Penfolds, Bird in Hand and Little Creatures.

The awards support AiF’s non-profit mission to usher Australian talent into the international market and provide educational and career development programs including the highly successful creative work sharing space, Charlie’s in Hollywood.

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Title Sponsors

The Australians in Film Foundation greatly appreciates the generosity of this year's title sponsors.


Ausfilm connects the international film community with Australia’s screen incentives, talent and facilities. Ausfilm markets Australia’s Screen Production Incentive Scheme which comprises the Location, PDV (post, digital and visual effects) and Producer Offsets. Ausfilm is an Australian industry – government partnership. It comprises Australia’s Federal and State Governments and the major studios and the leading post and digital effects facilities and production service providers.


Screen Australia is the Australian Federal Government agency charged with supporting Australian screen content through development, production and promotion across television, film, documentary and digital originals. The agency administers Australia’s official co-production program, in addition to the Producer Offset tax rebate which assists eligible television, film and online works to be made. Screen Australia provides a range of resources and opportunities to the industry including access to research, market intelligence plus special initiatives such as its highly success Gender Matters program. For more information visit


Based in Sydney, Create NSW is the State government’s integrated agency for arts, screen and culture. Create NSW offers incentives to attract footloose production and post-production to NSW and offers location and production liaison services to eligible productions considering locating in NSW. For more information, visit

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