The 6th Annual Australians in Film Awards and Benefit Gala Dinner was held at NeueHouse Hollywood on Oct. 18, celebrating Australia’s achievements in filmmaking. It continues to be a stellar year for Australians in Film, as the non-profit presented a star-studded event which brought in massive talent across-the-board and honored special award recipients.
The evening’s host, actor/writer Patrick Brammall, shared his thoughts with AXS just prior to the start of the show. He spoke about the community as a whole and the influence that Australian filmmaking has on America. Brammall knows a thing or two about that as his series, “No Activity,” has been picked up here in the States. In CBS All Access’ first original comedy, Brammall will star opposite Tim Meadows. Fellow Australian, Trent O’Donnell, will direct and also serve as executive producer alongside Brammall, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jason Burrows and Joe Farrell.
“Fans can look forward to it having a similar tone to the Australian one,” Brammall said of the show. “Comedy is so much about point of view,” he continued. “You need to maintain the integrity of the original idea. That’s the trick and I think we’ve managed to do it with this.” Of course, having humor’s heaviest hitters on-board doesn’t hurt either. The team also includes J.K. Simmons, Bob Odenkirk, Jesse Plemons, Amy Sedaris and Bridget Everett.
“No Activity” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Funny Or Die and Gary Sanchez Productions. It makes its U.S. premiere on Nov. 12.
Brammall expressed how excited he was about honoring others during the event, such as rising star, Danielle Macdonald. The Australian actress gained worldwide recognition recently as “Patti Cake$,” the aspiring rapper from New Jersey. Just before receiving the Screen Australia Breakthrough Award, Macdonald stopped to speak with AXS on the red carpet and shared how happy she was to reunite with everyone. “My best friend [Stef Dawson] is presenting me with the award so that’s really special. [AiF] is a great organization that I have been a part of for a very long time so it’s just really exciting to be here.”
Her latest project, “Dumplin',” now has her starring alongside Jennifer Aniston. While she won’t be doing any rapping, the actress assured AXS there will be plenty of Dolly Parton in this one to make up for it.
Other honorees for the Screen Australia Breakthrough Award were Warwick Thornton, Katherine Langford and Alethea Jones. Both Mary Ann Hughes and Paul Steinke were presented with the Ausfilm International Award for their contributions to the Australian film industry. Luke Davies took home the Fox Studios Australia International Award. Director Kate Dennis (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) was given the Create NSW Annette Kellermann Award with VOGUE Australia, honoring trailblazing women in Hollywood, which she accepted via video. Comedian/musician Tim Minchin, who also accepted via video, was honored with the Qantas Orry-Kelly International Award.
For more information on Australians in Film, be sure to check out their website.