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NZFA goes Shopping

“Christmas has definitely come early,” said Louis Sutherland, accepting the Best Film award with co-director Mark Albiston at last night`s NZ Film Awards in Auckland. The gong was the seventh the film collected on the night, having gone into the evening with 13 nominations.

All up, Shopping took home the awards for Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actor and Actress, Cinematography and the newly-introduced Poster Design gong.

Albiston & Sutherland`s first feature premiered at Sundance in January to mixed response, went on to Berlin, where it took the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International section. It released here in May, taking a disappointing $106,500.

Also receiving 13 nominations was Andrew Adamson`s Mr Pip, presently on release and with $1.1 million in box office. It left with four gongs, including Best Actor and Actress awards for Hugh Laurie and Xzannjah.

In the post-awards release Producer Ant Timpson noted, “These awards are a confirmation that we do indeed have a film industry and it`s a very healthy one at that. Sure it`s taken some knocks lately and of course it`s not curing cancer but sometimes the films we produce resonate and stay with us for years. The winners and all the nominated films are deserving of a large audience.”

Among the features the night`s big loser was arguably Tearapa Kahi`s Mt Zion, which achieved the largest audience of the year for a local feature. At the MOAs, it won only once from nine nominations.

In the absence of a dedicated, or even shared, TV awards event this year, NZ On Air sponsored a Moa for Best Television Feature or Drama Series. Jane Campion`s Top of the Lake took out the category, beating off Harry, The Almighty Johnsons and The Blue Rose.

Among the short film awards, one man`s meat continued to be another man`s poison, with nether the NZIFF nor Show Me Shorts winners getting a look-in.

One of the few awards of the evening where box office love was matched with award glory was the Best Doco category, where the surprising Gardening With Soul took the gong.

The one non-juried award, and therefore the only one not creating losers, was the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Geoff Murphy, whose Utu: Redux scored lots of critical love on its release earlier in the year. Murphy`s also known and loved for Goodbye Pork Pie and The Quiet Earth, as well as his work on almost 20 other features including a number of Hollywood sequels, not to mention directing second unit on Lord of the Rings, for which he earned a lot of love and respect from fellow crew.

The 2013 MOA winners were (marked ***):

Best Film

The Weight of Elephants, Katja Adomeit and Leanne Saunders
***Shopping, Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland
Mt Zion, Quinton Hita
Mr. Pip, Andrew Adamson, Robin Scholes
Fantail, Sarah Cook, Matt Noonan

Best Director
The Weight of Elephants, Daniel Borgman
***Shopping, Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston
Mt Zion, Tearepa Kahi
Mr. Pip, Andrew Adamson
Fantail, Curtis Vowell

Best Actor
The Weight of Elephants, Demos Murphy
Shopping, Kevin Paulo
Mt Zion, Stan Walker
***Mr. Pip, Hugh Laurie
Fantail, Jahalis Ngamotu

Best Actress
White Lies, Whirimako Black
The Weight of Elephants, Angelina Cottrell
Mt Zion, Miriama Smith
***Mr. Pip, Xzannjah
Fantail, Sophie Henderson

Best Supporting Actor
The Weight of Elephants, Matthew Sunderland
***Shopping, Julian Denison
Mt Zion, Temuera Morrison
Mr. Pip, Eka Darvile
Fantail, Stephen Lovatt

Best Supporting Actress
White Lies, Antonia Prebble
The Weight Of Elephants, Catherine Wilkin
***Shopping, Laura Peterson
Mr. Pip, Healesville Joel
Eternity, Amy Usherwood

Best Screenplay
White Lies, Dana Rotberg
The Weight Of Elephants, Daniel Borgman
***Shopping, Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland
Mr. Pip, Andrew Adamson
Fantail, Sophie Henderson

Best Self-Funded Film
***Crackheads, Tim Tsiklauri and Andy Sophocleous
Eternity, Alex Galvin, Noel Galvin, Eric Stark
Ghost TV, Phil Davison
The Deadly Ponies Gang, Zoe McIntosh
The Death and Resurrection Show, Shaun Pettigrew

Best Cinematography
***Shopping, Ginny Loane
The Weight of Elephants, Sophia Olsson
Mr. Pip, John Toon
Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song, Tim Flower
White Lies, Alun Bollinger

Best Editor
Mr. Pip, Sim Evan,Jones
Mt Zion, Paul Maxwell
Shopping, Annie Collins
***The Weight of Elephants, Molly Marlene Stensgaard
White Lies, Paul Sutorius

Best Score
Fantail, Mahuia Bridgman Cooper
***Mr. Pip, Harry Gregson,Williams, Tim Finn
Mt Zion, Shane McLean
Shopping, Grayson Gilmour
White Lies, John Psathas

Best Sound
Fantail, Dick Reade
Fresh Meat, Mike Hopkins, John McKay, Michael Hedges, Tim Chaproniere and Tony Spear
***Mt Zion, Dick Reade
Shopping, Michael Hopkins, Ken Saville, John Mckay,Tim Chaproniere, Pete Smith
White Lies, Steve Finnigan, James Hayday and Chris Sinclair

Best Costume Design
***Mr. Pip, Ngila Dickson
Mt Zion, Gavin McLean
Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song, Morgan Albrecht
Shopping, Lucy McLay
White Lies, Tracey Collins

Best Makeup Design
Crackheads, Celeste Strewe
Fresh Meat, Hil Cook, Ange Duncan, Lea Hoare and Natalie Henderson
Giselle, Amber D
***White Lies, Abby Collins, Yolanda Bartram, Vee Gulliver, Andrew Beattie and Main Reactor

Best Production Design
Mr. Pip, Grant Major
Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song, Haley Williams
Shopping, Josh O`Neill
The Weight of Elephants, Kirsty Cameron
***White Lies, Tracey Collins

Best Poster Design
Eternity, Tony St George
Mr. Pip, Connor Kenyon Design
***Shopping, Geoff Francis
The Weight of Elephants, Asmund Sollihogda
White Lies, Damon Keen, Jae Frew and Matt Klitscher

Best Short Film

Friday Tigers, Aidee Walker
***Here Be Monsters, dir. Paul Glubb and Nic Gorman; prod. Nadia Maxwell
Morepork, Fat Boy Films
Tom`s Dairy, Oscar Kightley
Wide Eyed, Catherine Bisley

Best Self-Funded Short Film
Holding The Sun, Dwayne Cameron
***Le Taxidermiste, Nick Mayow & Prisca Bouchet
Morepork, Fat Boy Films
Shelved, James Cunningham, Oliver Hilbert and Leon Woud
The Sleeping Plot, Ruth Korver

Best Short Film Actor
Blankets, Leon Wadham
Friday Tigers, Simon Wolfgram
Morepork, John Sumner
***Strongman, Tony Green
Tom`s Dairy, Mac Kaisuva

Best Short Film Actress
***Blind Mice, Rachel Nicholls
Friday Tigers, Aidee Walker
I`m Going to Mum`s, Narelle Ahrens
Morepork, Kayte Ferguson
The Sleeping Plot, Nova Waretini,Hewison

Best Cinematography in a Short Film
***Echoes, Andrew Stroud
Friday Tigers, Roko Babich
Morepork, Callan Green
Tom`s Dairy, Grant McKinnon
Wide Eyed, Ryan Alexander Lloyd

Best Short Film Screenplay
***Echoes, Campbell Hooper & Joel Kefali
Friday Tigers, Aidee Walker
I`m Going to Mum`s, Lauren Jackson
Tom`s Dairy, Oscar Kightley
Wide Eyed, Catherine Bisley

Best Technical Contribution to a Short Film
Strongman, Editing, Peter Roberts
The Last Stop, Makeup and hair, Brighde Riddell
Holding The Sun, Production design, Dwayne Cameron
***Blankets, Visual effects, Frank Rueter, David Duke and Bodo Keller
Maul, Visual effects, Anton Ognyev

Best Documentary

Antarctica: A Year On Ice, Anthony Powell
Beyond The Edge, Matthew Metcalfe
Finding Mercy, Robyn Patterson, Leanne Pooley
***Gardening with Soul, Vicky Pope and Jess Feast
He Toki Huna: NZ in Afghanistan, Annie Goldson and Kay Ellmers

Best Documentary Director
Antarctica: A Year On Ice, Anthony Powell
***Beyond The Edge, Leanne Pooley
Finding Mercy, Robyn Patterson
Gardening with Soul, Jess Feast
He Toki Huna: NZ in Afghanistan, Annie Goldson and Kay Ellmers

Best Documentary Cinematography
***Antarctica: A Year On Ice, Anthony Powell
Beyond The Edge, Richard Bluck
Finding Mercy, Jacob Bryant, Marty Williams
Gardening with Soul, Ari Wegner, Gareth Moon and Hamish Waterhouse
He Toki Huna: NZ in Afghanistan, Jake Bryant

Best Documentary Editor
Antarctica: A Year On Ice, Simon Price
Beyond The Edge, Tim Woodhouse
Finding Mercy, Tim Woodhouse
Gardening with Soul, Annie Collins
***He Toki Huna: NZ in Afghanistan, Annie Goldson and James Brown

NZ On Air Best Television Feature or Drama Series

The Almighty Johnsons
The Blue Rose
***Top of the Lake

Lifetime Achievement Award
Geoff Murphy

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