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Two festival and fantastic film favorites from last year, Jennifer Kent's The Babadook and The Spierig Brothers' Predestination, took home a bit of hardware at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. 

Jennifer Kent's The Babadook took home the top prized, Best Film. It shared the award with Russell Crowe's directorial debut The Water Diviner, the first time two films have taken home the top prize. Kent continued on winning though, taking home Best Direction and Best Original Screenplay. 

Predestination was in the running for most of the award categories. Sarah Snook took home the award for Best Lead Actress and the film also won for Best Cinematography and Editing. Spierig Brothers' films are always technically excellent. 

The AACTA is the industry engagement arm for the Australian Film Institute and was established in 2011. So though the awards are only four years old, it's lineage goes back to 1969. The awards are decided by the Australian film industry members. 
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Unflinching_EyeJanuary 30, 2015 3:16 AM

I'm so pleased about this.

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cjohnstonJanuary 30, 2015 8:58 PM

..second that.

While I didn't much care for Babadook; ..I had; .HAVE... ALLL sorts of Great Phantasmagorical things to say about Predestination.

Unflinching_EyeJanuary 31, 2015 6:47 PM

To be honest I haven't seen either yet. I'm just so happy that AACTA were brave and honest enough to admit that the two best Aussie movies of the year are a horror movie and an SF movie. Good for them.

cjohnstonJanuary 31, 2015 7:10 PM

A Big Fat Way-Up-High recommendation for Predestination.
...if you're a fan of sci-fi and you like films that make your brain turn to mush thinking about 'em - this one is (likely) for you.

*not sure if you've seen TRANCE or not (this one is a'nother stellar output imho) but, there are several similarities between the two.
and both give you a big blasted beautiful migraine the minute the film ends...

Unflinching_EyeFebruary 2, 2015 5:29 AM

Trance, the Boyle flick? It copped so much shit, but I enjoyed it quite a lot.

Really looking forward to Predestination, it looks fantastic. Kicking myself that I missed it on its theatrical run here.

I rarely get scared by horror movies anymore either, but in the last year I've actually seen three that creeped me out: Resolution, Oculus and Under the Skin.

cjohnstonFebruary 2, 2015 6:46 PM

Yup .. that be the one.
..while VERY Bonkers and Loopy, I found it gave my brain quite the nice, ..strenuous workout - so often lacking in cinemas these days...
~ ~ ~
..another lesser known BONKERS (imo) sci-fi infested foray that deserves Wayy more attention than it gets is a film of some years back (2004) called Renegade, .. (alternatively goes by name of Blueberry).
Funny enough, it actually has slight shades of Predestination and Trance interwoven throughout..
~ ~ ~
can't say that i've seen Resolution... .. .have heard of it though.
Oculus, ...was okaay for me ..but as the film progressed it headed into mediocre and ok territory.
LOVED just about everything and anything about Under the Skin.
FANTASTIC directing, acting, and script imo.
~ ~ ~
four films that, for me, had me practically changing into a new set of skin after seeing were
The Aggression Scale
Burning Bright
A Lonely Place To Die
Deep Rising
I found Open Grave to be pretty darn creepy-good too.

Unflinching_EyeFebruary 2, 2015 8:57 PM

I liked Trance for its fun B-movie sensibilities, and I thought it looked terrific too.

A Lonely Place to Die was great! I liked its twists, and it's a killer horror movie for people who are afraid of heights like me. My palms were sweating during that climbing sequence!

Finally got around to seeing Under the Skin just last week. It completely blew me away. Absolutely loved every frame of it. I can't stop thinking about it. The only downside is that I didn't see it on the big screen.

cjohnstonFebruary 2, 2015 9:04 PM

..not to Beat this into the ground or anything here....
.but (of particular note) if you haven't seen it -
Burning Bright is Bonkers N.UTS..... --
*i'd easily say Lonely Place To Die calibre.....

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*General Plot*
..babysitter (or daughter, ..can't remember at present) stuck in an abandoned home -- with a younger child who (literally) can't remember his own name and doesn't know where the heck he is.
Ohh --- and they're also trapped with a Tiger, ....AND; there is a hurricane raging outside..