Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin announced as the 2023 Chauvel Award Recipients.

The Chauvel Award is named in honour of two of Australia’s most significant filmmakers, Charles and Elsa Chauvel, and acknowledges a significant contribution to the Australian Screen Industry.

The Multi Award-winning Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin received the Chauvel Award at the Screen Industry Gala Awards on Thursday April 20, 2023. Catherine Martin was in attendance at the Red Carpet Award Ceremony accepting the award on behalf of herself and Baz. Catherine is one of Australia’s most respected and admired screen professionals with a hefty list of accolades. 

It’s particularly meaningful to Baz and me to be honoured with the Chauvel Award here in the Gold Coast, where we have based ourselves in recent years making Elvis. The filmmaking community and the city has been incredibly welcoming and supportive and we hope we’ll continue to make our work here in the future.
– Catherine Martin

Having lived and worked here on the Gold Coast creating our film Elvis, there is no doubt that this is a town that loves movies and is uniquely suited to making them. As the industry here grows beyond just shooting movies into developing projects here and finishing them all the way through post-production, it’s an exciting place to be for filmmakers both emerging and established. With that in mind, I am deeply honoured to receive the Chauvel Award, alongside my wife Catherine Martin.– Baz Luhrmann

Proudly Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin have adopted our own “Goldy-wood” as their home and  join a long list of worthy recipients including Leah Purcell, producers Anthony Buckley, Sue Maslin, Sue Milliken and Jan Chapman, directors George Miller, Rolf de Heer and Gillian Armstrong, actors Sigrid Thornton, Bryan Brown, Deborah Mailman, Heath Ledger and Claudia Karvan, and cinematographer John Seale.