Another Successful Year For The Australians In Film Awards Gala In LA

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Actor Sam Worthington and his wife Lara attend the gala. Photo credit: Getty Images

Some of Australia’s most talented artists came out to Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles for the 7th annual Australians In Film Awards on October 24th. The fundraising event which supports the relationship between Australia and the US film industry is a night to honor and celebrate the success of Australians in LA -and an opportunity to develop and mentor the careers of established and aspiring filmmakers to work on an international level with their careers. Some of the night’s guests also included Timothy Olyphant and Monica Lewinsky who served as presenters for the awards and Sam Worthington from ‘Avatar’.

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Damon Herriman received the Qantas Orry-Kelly Award

All in all, this was a major event for Aussies in LA and has proven to be another huge success for all those involved. Congratulations to all the honorees -and also, a big thank you to Megan Levy and The Lippin Group for their continued support of Australians on an international level!

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A full list of honorees and presenters are as follows:


Hannah Gadsby, Create NSW Annette Kellerman Award

Keiynan Lonsdale, Screen Australia Breakthrough Award

Eliza Scanlen, Screen Australia Breakthrough Award (not in attendance)

Damon Herriman, Qantas Orry-Kelly Award

Lee Smith, The Fox Studios Australia International Award

Mark Johnson, The Ausfilm International Award

Host: Josh Lawson, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues


Monica Lewinsky, Social Activist & Vanity Fair Contributing Editor

Simon Kinberg, Producer, Director, & Writer, Deadpool

Debra Richards, CEO, Ausfilm

Timothy Olyphant, Actor, Justified

Daniel Webber, Actor, Danger Close

Special Guests:

Adam Briggs, rapper/actor/writer

Bruna Papandrea, producer, Big Little Lies

Charmaine Bingwa, AiF Heath Ledger Scholarship recipient 2018

Chelsey Martin, Australian Consul-General — Los Angeles

Courtney Gibson, Producer (AiF Board Member)

Danielle Macdonald, Patti Cakes, Dumplin’

Eden Gaha, Producer & President Unscripted, Shine America (AiF Board Member)

Emma Cooper, Producer (AiF Board Member)

Gia Carides, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Greg Basser, CEO, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (AiF Board Member)

Ian Sutherland, Producer (AiF Board Member)

Jacob Elordi, Kissing Booth

Kate Ledger, Company Director, Mintie Moo Productions (AiF Board Member)

Kate Marks, Executive VP International Production, Ausfilm (AiF Board Member)

Lara Worthington, model/entrepreneur

Lorenzo di Bonventura, producer, Transformers

Luke Bracey, Hacksaw Ridge

Natasha Bassett, Britney Ever After!

Rob Marsala, Talent Manager Wishlab Inc. (AiF Board Member)

Sam Worthington, Avatar

Simonne Overend, VP, Scripted Development, Essential Media & Entertainment (AiF Board Member)

Suze DeMarchi, Singer

Taika Waititi, director, Thor: Ragnarok

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