ABC shines in Big Apple’s TV and film awards

ABC programs have won multiple glittering gongs at the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, celebrating distinctively Australian dramas and documentaries on the world stage.

The ABC’s award winners included gold medals for Love on the Spectrum and Australia’s Ocean Odyssey – A Journey Down The East Australian Current and a silver medal for Catalyst’s “Kill or Cure? The Story of Venom”.

The ABC’s commitment to stories for and about Indigenous Australia was recognised with a silver award for the documentary Maralinga Tjarutja and bronze for drama Total Control, the second season of which will premiere on ABC TV and ABC iview on Sunday 7 November.

The plaudits came as ABC audio programs Stuff the British Stole, Earshot and Background Briefing won medals at the New York Festivals Radio Awards.

The 2021 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards featured world-class work from more than 40 countries.

ABC award winners

Love on the Spectrum, Gold medal for Best Documentary – Human Concerns

Produced by Northern Pictures for the ABC.

Program credits: Series Producer/Director Cian O’Clery, Executive Producer Karina Holden, Supervising Producer Jenni Wilks, Editor Rachel Grierson-Johns, Editor Simon Callow-Wright.

Australia’s Ocean Odyssey – A Journey Down The East Australian Current, Gold medal for Best Documentary – Environment & Ecology

Produced by Wild Pacific Media for the ABC.

Program credits: Producer/Writer/Director/Cinematographer Nick Robinson, Executive Producer Electra Manikakis, Producer/Underwater Cinematography John Shaw ACS, Producer/Co-writer Peta Ayers, Narrator Marta Dusseldorp, Cinematography/Editor Caspar Mazzotti, Cinematography Cam Batten, Editor Bobbi Hansel, Editor Natasha Alves, Editor Jake Flannery, Music Hylton Mowday.

Catalyst’s “Kill or Cure? The Story of Venom“, Silver medal for Best Documentary – Health/Medical Information

Program credits: Producer/Director David Symonds, Associate Producer Alice Goodman, Editor Andrew Glover, Writer Belinda Gibbon, Executive Producer Penny Palmer, Series Producer Elle Gibbons.

Maralinga Tjarutja, Silver medal for Best Documentary – Human Rights

Produced by Blackfella Films for the ABC.

Program credits: Writer/Director Larissa Behrendt, Producer Darren Dale, Writer/Producer Jacob Hickey, Director of Photography Bryan Mason, Editor Jane Usher, Composer Antony Partos.

Total Control, Bronze medal for Best Drama

Produced by Blackfella Films for the ABC.

Program credits: Director/Writer Rachel Perkins, Producer/Creator Darren Dale, Producer/Creator Miranda Dear, Writer/Co-creator/Script Producer Stuart Page, Writer Pip Karmel, Writer Angela Betzien, Writer Kim Wilson, Executive Producer/Creator Rachel Griffith, Executive Producer Sally Riley, Executive Producer Kelrick Martin, Director of Photography Garry Phillips ACS, Production Designer Pete Baxter, Editor Deborah Peart ASE, Casting Anousha Zarkesh, Costume Designer Margot Wilson, Make Up & Hair Designer Nikki Gooley, Composer Antony Partos, Composer Matteo Zingales, Vocals & Lyrics Composed by Missy Higgins.

Songlines: Solutions to Climate Change, Finalist for Best Documentary – Climate Change & Sustainability

Program credits: Reporter/Producer Jane Bardon, Video Editor Owain Stia-James, Executive Producer Michael Reid, Cameraman Ian Redfearn, Cameraman Terry McDonald, Cameraman Michael Donnelly, Cameraman Mitchell Woolnough, Cameraman Alan Dowler, Cameraman Erik Havnen.

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