Cate Shortland's Somersaulthas continued its winning streak, picking up the Australian film of theyear at the IF Awards on Wednesday (Nov 10) and the Film Critics Circle ofAustralia Awards on Sunday (Nov 7).
It also won best directionfor Shortland, best actress for Abbie Cornish, and best cinematography for BobHumphreys at both ceremonies.
Unlike at the AFI(Australian Film Institute) Awards late last month, where Somersault wonevery category, other films were honoured in these two recent events.
Tom White, for example, earned Colin Friels best actor at theIF Awards and Daniel Keene best original screenplay at the critics' awards, andThe Old Man Who Told Love Stories earned Rolf de Heer best adaptedscreenplay from the critics. The IF Award for box office achievement went to StrangeBedfellows.
The battle for supremacybetween the AFI and the IF Awards continues to be a talking point in theindustry. The very popular IF Awards were held at Luna Park in Sydney andbroadcast live on SBS Television. A half-hour highlights package of the AFIAwards, held in Melbourne and also incorporating television awards, was notbroadcast on the ABC until two days later, with a long version on pay TV artschannel Ovation one night later.