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Qantas takes off with craft gongs

The Qantas Film & TV Craft Awards luncheon was held at the Civic in Auckland today. The event, in its second year, was very well attended, so well in fact we had to beg to get in.

Lippy Pictures, which led the nominations league table with finalists in 10 categories for , got off to a slow start, missing out on the first three awards it was up for. Happily for them, things picked up in the second half of the proceedings, with David Paul picking up Best Camera Work – Drama/Comedy Programme and Paul Sutorius winning Images & Sound Best Editing – Drama/Comedy Programme.

Of the awards for broadcast material, TVNZ picked up 10 awards across various categories. TV3’s only winner was Gibson Group’s Aftershock, which picked up Best Sound Design, won by Phil Burton, Don Paulin and Chris Hiles. As one of the trio said accepting the award, “We enjoyed making the earth move for you.”

Aftershock

Gibson Group’s Aftershock flew the flag for TV3

Government was well represented with two ministers, the Hon. Chris Finlayson (Culture and Heritage) and Dr. Jonathan Coleman (Broadcasting) putting in appearances to present awards. Prime Minister John Key will attend tomorrow night’s bash to present the inaugural New Zealand Trade and Enterprise International Achievement Award.

John Campbell, presenting three awards with David Fane, complained that having been paired with Carol Hirschfeld at last year’s event, he was getting a bit sick of being the ugly white guy in the partnership.

Two of the awards presented were in memory of members of the industry no longer here. The Best Current Affairs Camera award, won by Christopher Brown for TV2’s 20/20 was presented in memory of the twentieth anniversary of the death of Joe von Dinklage in a helicopter crash. The award was presented by Paul Holmes, who was one of the survivors of the crash.

The award for Best Cinematography in a Feature Film, won by Rewa Harre for Apron Strings, was presented in honour of cinematographer Allan Guilford, who died in March. Presenting the award, Allan’s widow Sandra Smith said, “He would have been honoured to know this award was being presented, and pissed off not to be here to do it.”

The event ran very smoothly in the capable hands of MC Oliver Driver who, after the event got off to a fashionably late start, kept things running to time efficiently and with good humour.