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Australia’s other critics have horror show

The younger of Australia’s critics organisations handed out its gongs on the weekend with The Babadook the most-awarded title.

The Babadook

The Babadook’s Noah Wiseman
Photo: Matt Nettheim

Not to be confused with the much more established Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) which announced its award nominees last week, The Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) has named Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook the Best Film of last year.

The Babadook also took the director, lead actress and supporting actor gongs. Kent’s horror and Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country shared all bar one of the feature awards on offer for Australian titles.

Breaking from the pack of other awards events which honour international titles, AFCA named Jodorowsky’s Dune the winner of its doco award, The Grand Budapest Hotel its English-language feature pick and Two Days, One Night the best of the subtitled crop.

The AFCA winners were (marked ***):

Best Film
The Babadook

Best Director
Jennifer Kent, The Babadook

Best Actress
Essie Davis, The Babadook

Best Actor
David Gulpilil, Charlie’s Country

Best Supporting Actress
Sarah Snook, These Final Hours

Best Supporting Actor
Noah Wiseman, The Babadook

Best Screenplay
Rolf De Heer & David Gulpilil, Charlie’s Country

Best Cinematography
Ian Jones, Charlie’s Country

Best International Film (Foreign Language)
Two Days, One Night

Best International Film (English Language)
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Documentary
Jodorowsky’s Dune