Our stars shine
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.