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  • ADG Awards 2015 Earlybird entries officially close on Thursday 18th December

    Thursday 18 December 2014

    The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Earlybird Entries will close on Thursday 18th December. This is your last chance to get your submission in at the cheaper rate.

    The Awards are to be held in May 2015.

    Earlybird deadline for entry in the Awards is December 18th; regular entry deadline is February 16, 2015. Earlybird entries receive a $15 discount.

    To be eligible for the Awards, all work must have screened publically for the first time between July 1, 2013 and December 31st, 2014; except for student films where the project needs only to have been completed within these dates.

    Award applicants must be financial ADG members for the 2014 – 2015 year. Membership details available at: http://www.adg.org.au/membership.aspx

    Executive Director of the Australian Directors’ Guild, Kingston Anderson, said: “Our awards have grown over the past few years with 2015 shaping up to be the biggest yet. As well as the categories listed below we will consider all features length application for our Finders Award that will take a film and director without US distribution to Los Angeles and New York for screenings to potential distributors. This is done in conjunction with the Directors Guild of America.”

    The 17 categories in the 2015 ADG Awards are:

      Feature Film
      Documentary Feature
      Documentary Series
      Documentary Stand-Alone
      Telemovie
      TV Children’s Program
      TV Drama Series
      TV Drama Serial
      TV Mini Series
      TV Comedy
      Animation
      Cross Platform Project
      Original Online Project
      TVC
      Music Video
      Short Film
      Student

    The ADG board also looks at a range of special awards each year including the CECIL HOLMES AWARD, ASSISTANT DIRECTORS AWARD, MICHAEL CARSON AWARD FOR TV DRAMA, LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and the new INNOVATION AWARD. The award from this group that will be given in 2015 will be announced early next year.

    To submit your entry and for further information to the ADG Awards go to http://www.adg.org.au/awards-2015.aspx, or contact the ADG office on 1300 539 639 or email to awards@adg.org.au

  • ADG Awards 2015 Earlybird Entries are officially open

    Tuesday 02 December 2014

    The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) has announced that Earlybird Entries are officially open! http://adg.org.au/awards-2015.aspx

    The Awards are to be held in May 2015.

    Earlybird deadline for entry in the Awards is Thursday December 18th; regular entry deadline is February 16, 2015. Earlybird entries receive a $15 discount.

    To be eligible for the Awards, all work must have screened publically for the first time between July 1, 2013 and December 31st, 2014; except for student films where the project needs only to have been completed within these dates.

    Award applicants must be financial ADG members for the 2014 – 2015 year. Membership details

    Executive Director of the Australian Directors’ Guild, Kingston Anderson, said: “Our awards have grown over the past few years with 2015 shaping up to be the biggest yet. As well as the categories listed below we will consider all features length application for our Finders Award that will take a film and director without US distribution to Los Angeles and New York for screenings to potential distributors. This is done in conjunction with the Directors Guild of America. We also hope to announce an exciting venue change for the awards in 2015 so stay tuned.”

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  • ADG Screen Director Magazine Now Online

    Wednesday 19 November 2014

    The ADG Screen Director Magazine, previously a quarterly print publication, has now moved online to http://www.screendirector.org/ , meaning new content is available more regularly and more accessibly.

    Screen Director publishes articles and podcasts focusing on craft issues, policy and the aesthetics of directing for the screen. It is published by ADG member Ben Mizzi and collects content from ADG members and other screen directing sources.

  • First ADG Director’s Attachment for TV Drama announced on Playmaker’s Production House Husbands

    Tuesday 18 November 2014

    The Australian Directors Guild (ADG), Playmaker Media and Screen Australia today announced the first ADG Directors attachment for television drama on the Playmaker Production of “HOUSE HUSBANDS” Series 4. Experienced TV Drama Director Grant Brown will be directing the first episodes of the new series.

    The Director’s Attachment Scheme (DAS) is an industry incentive for emerging feature film and television drama directors to develop their craft. Funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG, the television attachments will provide six director’s attachments in 2015. Participating companies for 2015 are Playmaker Media, Fremantle Media and Matchbox Pictures.

    “We are very excited to announce our first television drama attachment for 2015. This will be one of six we will run with our participating production partners and Screen Australia,” said ADG Executive Director Kingston Anderson. “This is a unique opportunity for a new director to enter the TV drama directing world.”

    Applications are now open.
    The deadline for applications is Wednesday 3rd December November 2014.
    Please forward all applications to:
      Director’s Attachment Scheme
      “House Husbands”
      Australian Directors Guild
      PO Box 211, Rozelle NSW 2039
    Or Email: exec@adg.org.au

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  • Dimitrios Pouliotis announced as director’s attachment on Matt Saville’s A Month of Sundays to be shot in South Australia

    Thursday 13 November 2014

    The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) and Screen Australia today announced director Dimitrios Pouliotis as the final attachment for 2014, as part of the Director’s Attachment Scheme, an industry incentive program funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG for emerging feature film directors to develop their craft. Dimitrios will be attached to Matt Saville on his upcoming feature film, A Month of Sundays, a Madman production which will begin production in Adelaide in December.

    Dimitrios Pouliotis said, “I'm absolutely thrilled and honoured to be attached to Matt. This is a fantastic opportunity with an experienced director of great sensibility and attention to detail to absorb and learn from."

    Dimitrios has directed a number of short films including “A Moment of Grace” and “Unfinished Thoughts” for which he was nominated for an ADG Best Directors Award. He is currently developing his first feature through the South Australian Film Corporation’s D-Lab.

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  • Director’s Attachment announced as Matthew Saville’s A Month of Sundays

    Wednesday 24 September 2014

    The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) and Screen Australia today announced that upcoming South Australian feature A Month of Sundays, directed by Matthew Saville, is the next project to take part in the Director’s Attachment Scheme.

    The Director’s Attachment Scheme is an industry incentive for emerging feature film directors to develop their craft. Funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG, the scheme provides three director’s attachments annually. Participating films primarily shot in Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia are open to applicants from those states. Participating films shot in all other states and territories are open to applicants from anywhere in Australia.

    “We are pleased to announce our second attachment for the year and our first attachment for South Australia,” said ADG Executive Director Kingston Anderson. “This is a unique opportunity for a new director from South Australia to learn from one of Australia’s leading directors.”

    Screen Australia’s Head of Production Sally Caplan said, “This scheme offers career-defining placements with Australian directors of international acclaim, to whom we are enormously grateful for sharing their craft and helping develop the next generation of talented Australian directors. This latest attachment is a very exciting chance to work with Matt Saville and Madman Productions on A Month of Sundays, a witty and fresh feature film backed by Screen Australia.”

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  • Director’s attachment on Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man announced

    Friday 08 August 2014

    The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) and Screen Australia are pleased to announce that emerging director Ariel Martin has been selected as the first placement for 2014 under the Director’s Attachment Scheme. Funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG, the scheme supports emerging feature film directors to develop their craft. Ariel started his attachment this week to Neil Armfield (Candy) on his upcoming feature film, Holding the Man, a Goalpost Pictures production which began production in Melbourne.

    Ariel Martin said, “I feel extremely fortunate to be given an opportunity to be attached to a director like Neil. It’s his work with actors in developing performances that I’m particularly thrilled to get access to and learn from.”

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  • The first film for 2014 for the Director’s Attachment Scheme announced as Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man

    Thursday 29 May 2014

    The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) and Screen Australia today announced the first film for 2014 for the Director’s Attachment Scheme, Neil Armfield’s upcoming feature Holding the Man. The Director’s Attachment Scheme is a new industry incentive for emerging feature film directors to develop their craft. Funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG, the scheme will provide three director’s attachments annually.

    “We are starting off our attachments this year with one of our great theatre and film directors, Neil Armfield,” said ADG Executive Director, Kingston Anderson. “This is a unique opportunity for a new director to learn from one of the world’s best.”

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  • 2014 ADG Award Winners Announced

    Saturday 03 May 2014

    Kim Mordaunt, director of the charming film The Rocket, one of Australia’s most awarded films of the past year, has taken out the ADG Award for Best Direction in a Feature Film.

    The Award for Best Direction in a Telemovie was won by Rowan Woods for The Broken Shore.

    Rachel Perkins won the Award for Best Direction in a TV Drama Series for Redfern Now (Series 2, Episode 2, Starting Over).

    The ADG Awards, announced at a Ceremony and Dinner in Sydney this evening, celebrate the outstanding work of Australian screen directors over the past year across 16 categories including film, television, multiplatform, music and advertising.

    “The winners include some of the industry’s most experienced directors, such as Ray Lawrence, Rowan Woods, Geoffrey Nottage and Rachel Perkins, but also reflect the incredible new talent rising through the ranks who are working across the various screen platforms,” said ADG Executive Director Kingston Anderson.

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  • Hoodlum to be Presented with the Inaugural Innovation Award at the 2014 ADG Awards

    Wednesday 29 April 2014

    Award-winning Australian multi-platform content specialists, Hoodlum, will be presented with the inaugural Innovation Award at the ADG Awards, to be held in Sydney this Friday, May 2.

    The ADG award for Innovation was established in 2014, to acknowledge the achievements of individuals or organisations building opportunities for directors in and out of the mainstream, and that expand their creative work as storytellers in new and innovative ways.

    Brisbane-based Hoodlum will be honoured by the Guild at the ADG Awards for the company’s multi-platform body of work spanning interactive experiences and original TV series.

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  • Claudia Karvan, Marta Dusseldorp, Justine Clark and Denise Roberts Announced as ADG Awards Presenters

    Wednesday 23 April 2014

    Claudia Karvan, Marta Dusseldorp, Justine Clark and Denise Roberts will help celebrate the achievements of Australian screen directors at this year’s ADG Awards, to be announced in Sydney on May 2.

    The four actresses will be joined by directors Tony Krawitz (The Tall Man, Dead Europe) and Cate Shortland (Lore, Somersault) and host, comedian Claire Hooper, as Award presenters.

    The 15 Award winners – across film, television, advertising, cross platform and music video - and will be announced on Friday May 2 at an Awards Ceremony and Black Tie Dinner at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

    Also to be announced at the ADG Awards is the 2014 recipient of the Finders Award. The ADG, in partnership with the Directors Guild of America Finders series, selects one Australian feature film, which is yet to secure US distribution and is an entry in the 2014 ADG Awards, to screen in Los Angeles and New York to key industry figures, including distributors.

    Tickets to both the Awards Ceremony and Dinner, or Ceremony only are available here.

    Media enquiries:
    Tracey Mair, TM Publicity
    Ph: 02 8333 9066 or 0419 221 493

  • Nominations in the 2014 Australian Directors Guild Awards Announced

    Wednesday 9 April 2014

    Nominees in the 2014 Australian Directors Guild Awards have been announced today. The Awards celebrate the outstanding work of Australian screen directors over the past year across 16 categories including film, television, multiplatform, music and advertising.

    The Award winners will be announced on Friday May 2 at an Awards Ceremony and Black Tie Dinner at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

    The strong and diverse Australian presence in cinemas last year is reflected in the feature film category with Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby), Kim Mordaunt (The Rocket), Ivan Sen (Mystery Road) and Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) receiving nominations. The fifth nominee is Zak Hilditch, whose film These Final Hours, will be in cinemas in July.

    All six nominees in the Feature Documentary Category are women. They are Sophia Turkiewicz for Once my Mother, Rebecca Barry for I Am A Girl, Heather Kirkpatrick for Mary Meets Mohammad, Juliet Lamont for Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls, Lynn-Maree Milburn for In Bob We Trust and Kaye Harrison for The Sunnyboy.

    Nominees in the television categories reveal an equally strong year in Australian TV. Rachel Ward (An Accidental Soldier) and Rowan Woods (The Broken Shore). Daniel Nettheim has received two ADG nominations this year, for TV Comedy for his work on Mr and Mrs Murder and in the Children’s TV category for Dance Academy. Matthew Saville (Please Like Me) and Trent O’Donnell (The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting) are also nominated for TV Comedy. Other nominees for TV Children’s are Peter Carstairs and Craig James Irvin, both for Nowhere Boys.

    The nominees in the TV Drama series category are Rachel Perkins and Adrian Russell-Wills, both for Redfern Now, Glendyn Ivin for Puberty Blues, Peter Duncan for Rake, Tori Garrett for The Time of our Lives and Kevin Carlin for Wentworth.

    In the TV Mini Series, category, nominees are Khoa Do for Better Man Episode 4, Daina Reid for Paper Giants: Magazine Wars – Part 1 and Geoff Bennett – The Packer-Murdoch Story – Episode 1.

    Directors of Home & Away have swept the TV Drama Serial category. Geoffrey Nottage nominated twice for his work on the series, and with David Gould and

    with Howard Scott Hartford-Davis also nominated.

    Also to be announced at the ADG Awards is the 2014 recipient of the Finders Award. The ADG, in partnership with the Directors Guild of America Finders series, selects one Australian feature film, which is yet to secure US distribution and is an entry in the 2014 ADG Awards, to screen in Los Angeles to key industry figures, including distributors.

    The complete 2014 ADG Awards nominees list is available here.

  • 2014 ADG AWARDS

    Friday 2 May 2014, 5.00pm

    "With the new location for the Awards at the Powerhouse Museum we will have a unique experience for those attending the Awards ceremony and the dinner. 2013 saw the greatest attendance at the Awards since they were established in 2007. This has set the standard and we hope to increase on these numbers again in 2014", said ADG Executive Director Kingston Anderson. "The Powerhouse Museum's Coles Theatre gives us increased capacity for the presentation ceremony, but the dinner will be limited to 210, so people need to get their tickets now. This year you have the opportunity to get discounted tickets if you snap up our early bird offer. No doubt the tickets will go fast."

    For the first time we have an EARLYBIRD RATE.
    Available until 11 April, so book early as seating is limited (applies to tickets for the ceremony and Dinner only).

    ADG members  Earlybird $120  After 11 April $135
    Guilds/Concessions  Earlybird $135  After 11 April $150
    Non-members  Earlybird $155  After 11 April $170
    Awards Ceremony only  $35


    Tickets can be purchased at Moshtix.

  • Claire Hooper to host the annual Australian Directors Guild Awards on May 2

    Friday 2 May 2014, 5:00pm

    In what promises to be a night of both celebration and hilarity, comedian and television personality Claire Hooper will host the annual Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Awards on Friday May 2 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

    Claire will host the ADG Awards ceremony at the Powerhouse’s Cole Theatre with a sit down dinner to follow in the Museum’s atmospheric Turbine Hall.

    More than 300 guests are expected to attend the Awards, including many of Australia’s best directors of film, television and commercials.

    Nominees in the 16 Award categories are to be announced in mid April with judging by panels of industry peers currently underway.

    Tickets are now on sale for the Awards. Earlybird tickets are available until April 11. Earlybird tickets for Awards Ceremony and Dinner are $120 for ADG Members and $135 for non-ADG Members. After April 11, tickets for Awards Ceremony and Dinner are $135 for ADG Members and $155 for non-ADG Members. Ceremony-only tickets are available or $35.

    Tickets are available at: http://www.adg.org.au/awards-2014.aspx

    Media enquiries:
    Tracey Mair, TM Publicity
    Ph: 02 8333 9066 or 0419 221 493

    With thanks to our Sponsors - http://adg.org.au/sponsors.aspx

  • Alex Proyas joins Kimble Rendall 'In Conversation' at ADG Conference

    11 October 2013

    In what is set to be one of the most compelling sessions of the upcoming Australian Directors Guild (ADG) conference, it was confirmed today that internationally acclaimed Australian director Alex Proyas will join Kimble Rendall "In Conversation".

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  • Second attachment named for Director's Attachment Scheme

    10 July 2013

    The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) and Screen Australia today announced that director Stephen McCallum will be the second recipient of the Director's Attachment Scheme, an industry incentive program funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG to help emerging feature film directors develop their craft. Stephen will be attached to Tony Ayres on his next feature film Cut Snake, which begins filming in Victoria later this year.

    Stephen began his filmmaking career in Western Australia as a music video director, where he was twice awarded the WAMi and WA Screen Award for best clip. He graduated from AFTRS in 2011 with a Graduate Diploma in Directing, winning the FOXTEL Scholarship for Exceptional New Talent and the AFTRS European Union Travelling Scholarship. Since graduating Stephen has directed several commercials including the marriage equality advert It's Time for GetUp, which was voted AdNews' viral of the year and has had over 8,000,000 hits on YouTube. He has directed several short films that have screened around the world, including the brutal colonial thriller Inferno, which won the Gold Plaque for Best Student Cinematography at this year's national Australian Cinematographers Society awards. Stephen has garnered a reputation for creating dynamic stories with a distinctive voice and strong artistic vision. He has multiple long form projects in development.

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  • First attachment named for Directors Attachment Scheme

    20 June 2013

    The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) and Screen Australia today announced that West Australian director Grant Sputore will be the first attachment under the newly created Director’s Attachment Scheme, a new industry incentive for emerging feature film directors to develop their craft. Funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG, the scheme will provide three director’s attachments annually on feature films.

    Grant is the director of a number of award wining commercials, music videos and short films. Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Grant studied at Curtin University before co-founding The Penguin Empire immediately after his graduation in 2006. In the intervening years The Penguin Empire has grown to become Western Australia’s leading television commercial production company. Grant’s commercial directing career to date has been short but highly awarded. His work has been a finalist at AWARD (Australia’s most prestigious advertising award show), repeatedly selected as best of the year and a Cannes contender in Campaign Brief and won multiple awards at various Australian advertising award shows. He’s previously been selected as one of the top 25 filmmaking talents to watch as part of the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards and his critically acclaimed short film Legacy has screened at film festivals around the world.

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  • Winners of the Australian Directors Guild Awards announced

    06 May 2013

    Women directors have taken out several top honours at the 2013 Australian Directors Guild Awards with Cate Shortland winning Best Direction in a Feature Film for LORE, Rachel Perkins winning for Best Direction in a TV Drama Series for REDFERN NOW (Pretty Boy Blue) and Jessica Hobbs winning for Best Direction in a TV Mini Series for DEVIL’S DUST (Parts 1 & 2).

    Jessica Redenbach took out the Award for Best Direction in a Short Film for TENDER, Jennifer Peedom for Best Direction in a Documentary Series for LIFE AT 7, Grace McKenzie for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature for AUDREY OF THE ALPS and Madeleine Parry for Best Direction in a Documentary (Stand Alone) for MEATWORK.

    Other winners are:
    * Glendyn Ivin — Best Direction in a Telemovie – for BEACONSFIELD
    * Daniel Nettheim Esben Storm Award — Best Direction in a Children’s TV Program – for DANCE ACADEMY Series 2, Ep 25 “The Second”
    * Nash Edgerton — Best Direction in a Music Video – for DUQUESNE WHISTLE
    * Adrian Goodman — Best Direction in a Student Film – for WAKEY WAKEY
    * David Gould — Best Direction in a TV Drama Serial – for HOME AND AWAY EP 5438
    * Dario Russo — Best Direction in a TV Comedy – for DANGER 5
    * David Barker — Best Direction in a Cross Platform Project – for BAD REALITY
    * Tim Bullock — for Best Direction in a TV Commercial – for FLATTIES
    * Christiaan Van Vuuren and Connor Van Vuuren — Best Direction in an Original Online Project – for BONDI HIPSTERS

    A special award, acknowledging the career achievement of a First Assistant Director, was also presented to industry favourite Jamie Leslie.

    The ADG Awards were hosted by Adam Zwar, other screen luminaries who attended included Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, Susie Porter and Denise Roberts who were among the presenters at the 2013 ADG Awards, hosted the Awards.

    The annual ADG Awards celebrate the outstanding work of Australian screen directors over the past year across 17 categories including film, television, multiplatform, music and advertising.

    To view winners clips please visit www.showreelfinder.com/ADG2013

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  • The nation’s top screen directors gather for ADG awards – Friday May 3

    29 April 2013

    The cream of Australian directing talent will attend the 2013 Australian Directors’ Guild Awards, to be presented in Sydney this Friday May 3. The Awards Ceremony will be held at Hoyts Cinema, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, with a sit-down dinner to follow at nearby Trackdown Studios.

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  • Second film announced for Director's Attachment Scheme: Cut Snake directed by Tony Ayres

    22 April 2013

    The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) and Screen Australia today announced the second film for the Director’s Attachment Scheme, a new industry incentive for emerging feature film directors to develop their craft. Funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG, the scheme will provide three director’s attachments annually. The second attachment for 2013 will be with director Tony Ayres on Matchbox Pictures’ upcoming feature film Cut Snake, to be filmed in Victoria.

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  • New Director's Attachment Scheme launched with Kriv Stenders' Kill Me Three Times

    21 March 2013

    The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) and Screen Australia today launched the Director's Attachment Scheme, a new industry incentive for emerging feature film directors to develop their craft. Funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG, the scheme will provide three director's attachments annually, beginning with director Kriv Stenders' new film Kill Me Three Times to be filmed in Western Australia.

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  • Screen Industry Unified In Call For Media Regulation Quid Pro Quo

    11 March 2013

    The Australian screen production industry has united to support comments made today by Independent MP, the Hon Rob Oakeshott, calling for effective local content measures in the Government's response to the convergence review.

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  • The ADG condemns the inclusion of a non-director in the best director of a television show category at the AACTA awards

    05 December 2012

    The 2nd AACTA Awards have announced that a Executive Producer from a reality style show will be in competition with three drama directors at next years AACTA Awards. The category "Best Direction in Television" pits three drama directors against an Executive Producer from a non-drama show. The ADG strongly condemns this disrespect of the drama director's profession.

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  • Australian Directors shocked by the lack of support from the Federal Government for Australian content

    03 December 2012

    The Federal Government has given the Australian free-to-air (FTA) networks another free ride with a cut in their license fee by hundreds of millions of dollars while providing no real new content for Australia's new digital network.

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  • Winners announced in the 2012 in the 2012 Australian Directors' Guild awards

    15 May 2012

    The winners of the Australian Directors' Guild Awards for 2012 were announced last Friday night at a ceremony in Sydney, which also celebrated the ADG's 30th anniversary.

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  • The Chaser to host 2012 ADG Awards

    05 April 2012

    The Chaser's Craig Reucassel and Chris Taylor have been confirmed as hosts of the Australian Directors Guild Awards, to be held on Friday May 11 at Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney.

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