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Australian production designer Deborah Riley took home her fourth Emmy® Award in September 2018 for her work on HBO hit Game of Thrones. Also nominated were Yvonne Strahovski from The Handmaid’s Tale (for Best Supporting Actress) and Patrick Clair for Outstanding Main Title Design for Westworld. Feature documentary David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema was nominated for an International Emmy® Award as were ABC ME series Mustangs FC and Secret Life of Boys.

Two Australians were nominated for Academy Awards® in 2019 for their work on The Favourite – Tony McNamara for Best Original Screenplay and Fiona Crombie for Best Production Design.


The annual ceremony honoured Liam Hemsworth (Excellence in Film), production designer Deborah Riley (Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television), and Helen Reddy (Lifetime Achievement Award) whose life is being explored in the upcoming biopic I Am Woman.

“I was very, very well trained back in Australia, so that’s what set me on a path that eventually led me here” Production Designer, Deborah Riley.

At the ceremony, cinematographer Meg White was also introduced as the inaugural recipient of the Screen Australia Onbass Fellowship for emerging Australian filmmakers to attend the American Film Institute Conservatory.


An Australian delegation including Screen Australia COO Michael Brealey and Ausfilm CEO Debra Richards travelled to Beijing in June 2019. The Exchange program included a networking event to promote Australia as a filming location, as well as encourage Official Co-productions, and strengthen professional ties between the screen industries of China and Australia.


Four recipients were selected for Australians in Film and Screen Australia’s 12-month Mentor LA program where they were matched with mentors who have worked on projects ranging from Grey’s Anatomy, The Handmaid’s Tale, Girls and Black-ish. The recipients included executive producer Que Minh Luu, writer/director Julietta Boscolo, and writers Candy Bowers and Kodie Bedford.

Hotel Mumbai, 2040 and Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan were all supported through Screen Australia’s P&A Plus program in 2018/19, which is designed to enhance the distribution and marketing of Australian films.