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Winners Of Qantas Film And Television Awards

14 September 2008

Winners Of Qantas Film And Television Awards Announced

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Simon Dallow, Karen Olsen, Paul Patrick & Wendy Petrie from TVNZ's One News team

The very best of New Zealand film and television was celebrated at a glamorous red carpet awards ceremony at Auckland's historic Civic Theatre tonight.

This year's Awards follow the merger of the New Zealand Screen Awards and the New Zealand Television Awards.

Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand executive director and organising committee member, Anna Cahill, said the Awards proved themselves to be the biggest two days of the year for New Zealand film and television.

Yesterday, a Craft Awards lunch was held to celebrate the achievements of those providing the expertise and support needed to make the industry thrive. More than 21 categories were awarded at the lunch-time ceremony with the remaining 37 categories awarded tonight.

"The Awards are a spectacular showcase of the very best of New Zealand talent and work and confirm that our film and television industries are thriving more than ever before. 77 judges spent more than 900 hours judging more than 660 entries this year."

New Zealand Television Broadcasters' Council chief executive and organising committee member, Rick Friesen, said by combining the Awards the bar has been raised across the film and television industries.

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Outrageously Successful – Robyn Malcolm


"With 58 television, documentary, news and current affairs categories and 170 finalists the Awards reflect what it takes to sustain and grow an internationally competitive industry."

Award highlights


* Qantas Best Picture - budget over $1 million - Out of the Blue * Best Picture - budget under $1 million - A Song of Good * Achievement in Directing in Film - budget under and over $1 million - Taika Waititi, Eagle vs Shark * Performance by an actress in a leading role in film - Geraldine Brophy, Second-Hand Wedding * Jameson Performance by an actor in a leading role in film - Matthew Sunderland, Out of the Blue * Best Screenplay in Film - Graeme Tetley and Robert Sarkies, Out of the Blue


* Qantas Best News - One News * Best News or Current Affairs Presenter - Mark Sainsbury * Investigation of the Year - Mike Valintine and Hunter Wells, Sunday

* TV Journalist of the Year - Mike Valintine and Hunter Wells, Sunday

* Performance by an actress in general television - Robyn Malcolm, Outrageous Fortune * Performance by an actor in general television - Antony Starr, Outrageous Fortune

* Images and Sound Best Drama Programme - Outrageous Fortune

* NZ On Air Best Documentary - An Island Calling

Full list of winners

  • Full Qantas Awards List

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