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800 Words wins in Australia

At Sunday evening’s Logie bash in Australia, Erik Thomson won the Best Actor award for his work on 800 Words.

It was the show’s only win from its nominations, missing out on Best Drama Programme, Most Outstanding Drama Series, and Best New Talent (Benson Jack Anthony – pictured, top, on right).

Also nominated for Logies but missing out were Kiwi actors Emily Barclay and Sam Neill. Barclay was up for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on Glitch, Neill for Most Outstanding Actor for House of Hancock.

800 Words is a co-production between Australia’s Seven network and South Pacific Pictures. James Griffin and Maxine Fleming created the show. An expanded second season of the show, up to 16 episodes from the first season’s eight, is currently in production, Fleming, Griffin and SPP CEO Kelly Martin spoke at last month’s Writers Room in Auckland about the show’s journey from concept to co-production,

Ahead of Sunday’s Logie ceremony, the Australian Directors Guild handed out its gongs at an event in Melbourne on Friday night, awarding a number of productions with NZ interest.

Australia-based Kiwi Jonathan Brough (The Insiders Guide to Happiness. The Pretender, Outrageous Fortune) won Best Direction in a TV Comedy for the first episode of Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane.

Jennifer Peedom won Best Direction in a Documentary Feature for her Bridget Ikin-produced Sherpa, which is currently at the end of its theatrical run here. Ikin is currently producing, with Trevor Haysom, Alison Maclean’s The Rehearsal, adapted from Eleanor Catton’s novel.

Bentley Dean & Martin Butler won the ADG’s Best Direction in a Feature Film gong for Tanna, which was named among the first selections for this year’s NZIFF on Friday.

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