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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

AARON Ped­er­sen is among the nom­i­nees for the sev­enth an­nual Asia Pa­cific Screen Awards (APSA) – for his star­ring role in Ivan Sen’s Mys­tery Road. ‘‘My motto is you can’t make a film by your­self, so it’s ac­knowl­edge­ment for ev­ery­one,’’ Ped­er­sen says. Dozens of Aus­tralians, from Hugo Weav­ing to Mia Wasikowska, are also recog­nised in another of the APSA nom­i­na­tions – The Turn­ing, nom­i­nated for Best Film. Film­maker Robert Con­nolly cu­rated and pro­duced the three-hour film, based on Tim Win­ton’s novel. He was also one of its 17 di­rec­tors. ‘‘It’s won­der­ful news for all of the peo­ple in­volved, be­cause The Turn­ing’s such a big col­lab­o­ra­tion,’’ he says. The Turn­ing has earned more than $1 mil­lion at the Aus­tralian box of­fice so far. ‘‘It’ll be­gin its jour­ney now to find­ing an au­di­ence out­side of the Aus­tralian the­atri­cal,’’ Con­nolly says. Wasikowska, who di­rected a seg­ment in The Turn­ing, also acted in another Aussie film nom­i­nated for an APSA – Tracks, which re­ceived a nod for Achieve­ment in Cin­e­matog­ra­phy for Mandy Walker.

The 2013 Asia Pa­cific Screen Awards play Bris­bane’s City Hall on De­cem­ber 12.

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