It’s wonderful to see that three Tasmanian screen projects have attracted more than 30 nominations in the 2019 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA).
Collectively, Lambs of God, The Nightingale and Rosehaven have been nominated for 35 awards. All three have been supported through strategic investments by the Hodgman majority Liberal Government.
Thirty-five nominations for Tasmanian screen productions is a record number with the previous record being six.
Across these projects, our Government has invested a total of $800,000 through Screen Tasmania, which leveraged more than $6.5 million in spending across the state and employed close to 160 Tasmanians.
Foxtel drama series Lambs of God has received an astounding 18 nods – the most nominations for any production this year – including Tasmania’s Essie Davis being nominated for Best Actress in a Television Drama.
Critically acclaimed feature film The Nightingale has been nominated for 15 awards, including best film, and television series Rosehaven picked up two nominations for its third season, including Best Comedy Program and Best Performance in a Television Comedy for Celia Pacquola.
These nominated projects showcase our Tasmanian talent, stories and landscape, and have connected with audiences around the world.
I congratulate all those who have been nominated, and wish them luck for the awards which will be held in December.
With many projects to be released in the coming year, including season two of Little J & Big Cuz, drama series The Gloaming and season four of Rosehaven (which commenced shooting on Monday), the Tasmanian screen industry is positioned for continued growth and even further success.
Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts