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Documenting Success Stories

Herald Sun | 28 April 2001

East Timor's José Ramos Horta, subject of "The Diplomat"
East Timor's José Ramos Horta, subject of "The Diplomat"

AN AUSTRALIAN documentary, City of Dreams, has won the highest honour at the Chicago International Television Competition – a Gold Hugo.

Directed by Belinda Mason and produced by Gaby Mason, it explores the remarkable personal and professional marriage of architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, their revolutionary design for Canberra and their impact on Australian culture.

And in Cannes, Thomson of Arnhem Land, directed by John Moore and produced by Michael McMahon, was nominated for the BANFF Rockie Award.

The documentary is about Donald Thomson, visionary Australian anthropologist and campaigner for Aboriginal justice.

Thomson of Arnhem Land has won an AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary, received a commendation for the Advancement of Aboriginal Reconciliation from the United Nations of Australia Media Peace Awards, and has screened at several international festivals.

Another Australian documentary, Tosca - A Tale of Love and Torture, directed by Trevor Graham and produced by Patricia Lovell, has won a Golden Gate Award in San Francisco. Tosca is a behind-the-scenes look at Opera Australia's 1999 production of Puccini's classic.

The Diplomat, directed by Tom Zubrycki and produced by Sally Browning and Wilson da Silva, won the Rudolf Vrba Award at the One World International Human Rights Film Festival in Prague. It is about East Timor freedom fighter Jose Ramos Horta.


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