There was little doubt about the big winner on Thursday evening at Documentary Edge’s Industry Awards, as Peter Burger and Charlotte Purdy added to last week’s Best NZ Feature Doco gong at the Festival Awards.
Erebus – Operation Overdue took all three awards it was eligible for, leaving only the Emerging Filmmaker Award alone.
The judges said, “It’s a brilliant angle on the untold story of the Erebus disaster”. The docudrama was commissioned by TVNZ and is soon to be shown on TV One. TVNZ network executive, Jude Callen said, “We are sure that all New Zealanders will be utterly engaged by their extraordinary story”.
The feature film is about the experiences of the eleven Kiwi ‘street cops’ who were sent to the side of Mount Erebus to recover the remains of the crash. Documentary-maker, Charlotte Purdy, had an uncle in the crew on the ill-fated flight and discovered the story through her cousin who heard “the compelling story of the police recovery when she was at a memorial service for the victims of the crash”.
The film will also be shown in a primetime slot on Australia’s SBS network just weeks after TVNZ. The SBS executive, Kaye Warren said, “this is a fascinating and extremely gripping account of the air disaster on Mt Erebus, it will be a great addition to our Sunday night line-up”.
The NZ on Air funded feature is due to have a theatrical release in the UK which is highly unusual for a New Zealand television documentary. It has started selling around the world and has confirmed television broadcasts in North America, the US and Europe.
The awards’ Emerging Filmmaker gong was won by Toby Ricketts for his Manila: No Limitations. Ricketts had been one of the participants in Thursday afternoon’s DOC Pitch, but was unable to become the evening’s second multiple award winner.
Late entrant David Farrier’s documentary The Tickle King, or “homosexual jihad” as one of his subjects accused him of invoking, took the gong.
The Documentary Edge International Superhero Award went, perhaps unsurprisingly, to the biggest name on the guest list: Hoop Dreams andLife Itself director Steve James, who had kicked off the first day of the Forum with a highly entertaining keynote.
The Documentary Edge Industry Award Winners were:
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