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In 2016, the Gold Coast Film Festival reinvigorated the Chauvel Award – a prestigious industry award previously part of the Brisbane International Film Festival.

Established in 1992, in honour of one of Australia’s most significant filmmakers, Charles Chauvel, the Award acknowledges significant contribution to the Australian Screen Industry.

Charles Chauvel was not only born in Warwick and educated in Ipswich and Southport, but started his career in production and direction in Brisbane. He has a strong claim to be considered the most distinguished of Queensland-born filmmakers.

His early silent films, Moth of Moonbi and Greenhide, were both set entirely in Queensland, with the latter having sequences filmed on the Broadwater. His later films Heritage and Rats of Tobruk included substantial sequences filmed on location in the Gold Coast hinterland around Canungra.

His greatest film, Sons of Matthew, draws on tales of the O’Reilly family and their selection of property around Springbrook on the Lamington Plateau and is the quintessential Australian pioneering epic.

Today, Gold Coast Film Festival venues are within sight of some of the locations that provided inspiration for some of the most stirring sequences in the Chauvel oeuvre.

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CHARLES CHAUVEL 1897 – 1959

Charles Chauvel was one of the most influential and significant directors in shaping our early Australian film industry. He was an individual – idealistic, persevering and passionately Australian. He and his wife, Elsa, formed a dynamic filmmaking partnership that spanned thirty years of tremendous change and innovation in film craft, from the silent era to sound, colour film and finally television. Chauvel made films when it was difficult to raise financial backing, there were few technical resources and no Australian filmmaking school. He produced and directed his own films and wrote his own scripts. Chauvel’s films were milestones that helped to launch stars – Errol Flynn, Chips Rafferty, Peter Finch and Michael Pate. The Chauvel’s were innovators and pioneers, constantly testing the boundaries of how to interpret Australia and Australians on screen. Charles had many unfulfilled dreams, but what he achieved, often against all odds, testified to his amazing vision, tenacity and enthusiasm. He kept Australian features on the screen during the Second World War when other Australian feature-length films had virtually ceased. Elsa’s contribution was enormous, but Charles had the vision, a very personal one.

Written by Ric Chauvel Carlsson

FILMOGRAPHY:

1926 THE MOTH OF MOONBI producer / director / screenwriter
1926 GREENHIDE producer / director / screenwriter
1933 IN THE WAKE OF THE BOUNTY producer / director / screenwriter
1935 HERITAGE producer / director / screenwriter
1936 UNCIVILISED producer / director / screenwriter
1941 FORTY THOUSAND HORSEMEN producer / director / screenwriter (with Elsa Chauvel)
1942 SOLDIERS WITHOUT UNIFORM producer / director
1942 POWER TO WIN producer / director / screenwriter
1943 A MOUNTAIN GOES TO SEA director / screenwriter
1943 WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME producer / director
1943 RUSSIA  AFLAME producer / director
1944 THE RATS OF TOBRUK producer / director / screenwriter (with Elsa Chauvel)
1949 SONS OF MATTHEW producer / director / screenwriter (with Elsa Chauvel)
1955 JEDDA producer / director / screenwriter (with Elsa Chauvel)
1958 AUSTRALIAN WALKABOUT Producers Charles and Elsa Chauvel

 


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Charles and Elsa on the set of The Rats of Tobruk

CLAUDIA KARVAN

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Australian actress Claudia Karvan was recognised as the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Chauvel Award as part of the 14th annual Gold Coast Film Festival in April 2016.

The Award recognised Karvan, who has achieved popular success and critical acclaim through her work in film and television. Having begun her career at 14, Karvan has an extensive filmography; she first appeared in Gillian Armstrong’s High Tide (1987) with Judy Davis, then in Phillip Noyce’s Echoes of Paradise (1987).

On Saturday 9 April, the Gold Coast Film Festival welcomed audiences to a special event: David Stratton In Conversation With Claudia Karvan. The night was an intimate look at Karvan’s career, accompanied by footage from her films and moderated by film critic and previous Chauvel Award recipient, David Stratton.

In 2004, Karvan began work on the highly popular series Love My Way (2004), as creator, producer and star. The series won the Silver Logie Award for Most Outstanding Drama Series and the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Television Drama Series over three consecutive years.

Between 1987 and 2004, Karvan was nominated for twelve more Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, winning her category – Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama – in 1996 for her role in G.P. (1989). In 1998, she received The Palms Spring Short Film Festival Audience Favourite Award for Two Girls and a Baby (1998).

The Chauvel Award commenced in 1992 as part of the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF).  During the 16 years between 1992 and 2009, The Chauvel Award paid tribute to some of Australia’s most successful and influential industry practitioners.

1993 Paul Coz
1994 Fred Schepisi
1995 Gillian Armstrong
1996 Dr. George Miller
1997 John Seale, ACS, ASC.
1998 Rolf de Heer
1999 Bob Ellis
2000 Bryan Brown
2001 Robin Anderson & Bob Connolly
2002 Jan Chapman
2003 Anthony Buckley
2004 Geoffrey Rush
2005 David Bradbury
2006 Jack Thompson
2007 David Stratton
2008 Heath Ledger (posthumously)
2016 Claudia Karvan

THE CHAUVEL COMMITTEE

The Chauvel Award Committee features six of Australia’s most respected film industry members.

Jan Chapman, producer of the AFI Best Film winner, Lantana and Academy Award® winner The Piano, and 2002 Chauvel Award recipient,  Melanie Coombs, producer of the Academy Award® winner Harvie Krumpet and film industry veteran, actor and producer Alan Finney, Australian film critic and TV personality David Stratton, major festival sponsor Screen Queensland’s CEO, Tracey Vieira and Professor Emeritus  Bruce Molloy are the esteemed 2017 Chauvel Committee members.

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Jan_ChapmanJAN CHAPMAN AO

Jan Chapman has produced some of Australia’s most critically successful and popular films – including Palme d’Or nominated Bright Star, AFI Best Film winner, Lantana and Academy Award® winner The Piano.

Jan has supported and nurtured the careers of some of its most talented filmmakers and was the executive producer on Somersault, Suburban Mayhem, Griff the Invisible and The Babadook. Her films have won many awards including co-recipient of the Palme d’Or at Cannes (The Piano, 1993), three Academy Awards® (The Piano, 1994), Camera d’Or at Cannes (Love Serenade, 1996), over 38 Australian Film Institute Awards, and have had numerous screenings and honours across the globe at the world’s top film festivals including Venice, Toronto, Berlin and Cannes.

In 2004, Jan was honoured for her outstanding contribution to the Australian film industry as the recipient of the Order of Australia.

Melanie_Coombs_webMELANIE COOMBS

Melanie Coombs has produced award winning shorts, animation, documentaries and features since 1999 under her Melodrama Pictures banner. Harvie Krumpet won 2003 Academy Award ® for Best Short Animation. Mary and Max, opened 2009 Sundance, won Grand Cristal at Annecy and the Asia Pacific Screen Award APSA Best Animated Film 2009 and released worldwide. Melanie was awarded Screen Producers Association of Australia SPAA Feature Film Producer of 2009 Award.

In 2011 Melanie created Optimism with award-winning creative producers Mish Armstrong (Movie Mischief) and Alicia Brown (Honeymooner) who also champion talent, push boundaries and enjoy the process: Optimism is developing and financing a broad range of feature film and TV projects in both Australia and the UK.

AlanFinney_webALAN FINNEY OAM

Alan Finney has an extensive background in film production and distribution, first becoming involved in the industry in the early 1960s.

In 1971, he joined Roadshow Film Distributors and brought the movie Stork to Roadshow’s attention. This acquisition led to the formation of Hexagon Productions, the first ongoing joint venture between production and distribution entities in contemporary Australian history producing such movies as Alvin Purple, Alvin Rides Again, Petersen, End Play and Eliza Fraser. During his time with Roadshow Film Distributors, Finney supervised the release of many Australian titles including Mad Max, Breaker Morant, My First Wife, Proof, Romper Stomper, The Piano, Bad Boy Bubby, Muriel’s Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Dead Heart and The Castle.

Alan joined Buena Vista International (now Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) in 1998 as Vice President and Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. Since then he has overseen the theatrical releases of The Sixth Sense, Pirates of the Caribbean, Chicago, Whalerider, Mallboy, The Man Who Sued God to name just a few and most recently, the record breaking Finding Nemo from Pixar Studios and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. He left the Disney Company in April, 2010. Finney has also served on the board of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and as Chair of the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia and was previously on the board of AFI.

In 2002, Alan was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to Australian film. In November 2010, Alan received the Screen Producers’ Association of Australia’s Maura Fay Award for Services to the Industry.

bmolloyPROFESSOR EMERITUS BRUCE MOLLOY

Professor Emeritus Bruce Molloy joined Bond University Film & Television in 1994 after a distinguished career at QUT.  Past president of ACANZ, former board member of BIFF, PFTC and Barron Entertainment, he was awarded the Figuera da Foz festival medal in 1998 and the Kinetone Award at BIFF in 2005.

 

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stratton_03-03DAVID STRATTON

David Stratton was from 1966 to 1983 Director of the Sydney Film Festival, during which time he fought the censorship imposed on festivals and was instrumental in bringing in the R18+ classification. For many years he was a contributing critic for the international film industry newspaper Variety and currently writes film criticism for The Australian and for his presentations on At The Movies on ABC.

He is a recipient of the Raymond Longford Award, of the Centenary Medal and is was named Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.

He has served on the International Critics Jury in Cannes and on the Competition Jury in Venice.

He has authored three books and is currently lecturing in Film History as part of the Continuing Education Program at the University of Sydney.

Tracey_Vieira_webTRACEY VIEIRA

Tracey Vieira was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Screen Queensland in February 2014, the highlight to date of a stellar career promoting the Australian screen industry in Queensland and the United States.

Tracey graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Education majoring in Film and Media in 1993. She initially worked in events management, including several roles in the Queensland Events Corporation, before securing a position with the Brisbane-based Pacific Film and Television Commission as Executive Manager – Locations and International Production.

Tracey moved to Los Angeles in 2004 where for the next ten years she took on senior roles in Ausfilm, the industry-government partnership that connects the international film community with Australia’s screen incentives, talent and facilities.

At Ausfilm and Screen Queensland she has played an integral role in attracting a billion dollars in production investment in Australia, including Legendary Pictures Kong: Skull Island, Columbia’s The Shallows starring Blake Lively, Walden Media’s Nim’s Island, Twentieth Century Fox’s The Wolverine, USA Network’s television mini-series The Starter Wife, and HBO Film’s television series The Pacific. Most recently, she helped to secure Queensland as the location for Marvel Pictures Thor: Ragnarok, Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, NBC Universal’s Unbroken, a film directed by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie in addition to Warner Bros. blockbuster San Andreas which also filmed in the State.

Since returning to Queensland Tracey has launched new initiatives for the industry including the first fully funded features program with Streaming Video on Demand company Stan (Queensland: Originals), a creative partnership initiative with YouTube, a business building program Enterprise Queensland and Emerging Programs.

Tracey is the Chair of Australians in Film, a Los Angeles based non-profit organisation and a Board member of Ausfilm.

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In 2016, the GCFF commissioned a new Chauvel award design to reflect the Gold Coast’s own landscape and inspiration for much of Chauvel’s work.

The GCFF worked closely with SWELL Sculpture Festival to commission a local artist to design the new Chauvel Award and following a complex selection process, Gold Coast based artist Leisa Russell was commissioned to create the new Award design.

The design represents how the Australian landscape and, in particular, the Gold Coast hinterland, can influence and reflect a creative journey.

Leisa’s passion for making objects with clay and other materials is inspired by the landscape around her hinterland home. Growing up on a rural property.

Leisa has a deep appreciation of nature, and her environmentally themed works reflect this. The natural bushland and beaches in and around the Gold Coast influence her work.

“Having grown up and still living in the Gold Coast Hinterland, it’s easy to relate to Charles Chauvel’s affinity with the Springbrook and Lamington National Park. Visiting these areas still provokes in me, a sense of drama, suspense, wonder and surprise – much the same feelings as seeing a great Australian film for the first time,” said Leisa.

“Climbing a mountain isn’t just a pastime we associate with the outdoors but also with life in general and when achieving personal and career goals. For actors and artists within the film industry, awards such as The Chauvel Award acknowledge the triumphs and contributions of such individuals to Australian cinema.”

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