Aboriginal drama TEN CANOES was the big winner at Thursday's (07DEC06) Australian Film Institute Awards, taking home Best Film and Best Director at the Melbourne ceremony.
Rolf de Heer's movie - which is Australia's first native language movie - was named Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Sound at the star-studded ceremony in the Victoria city's Exhibition Centre.
Writer/director Heer was also honoured with a Byron Kennedy Award for his contribution to the Australian film industry.
Meanwhile, Hollywood star Heath Ledger picked up the International Award for Best Actor for Brokeback Mountain, while Rachel Griffiths was acknowledged for her performance in seminal TV series Six Feet Under with the International Award for Best Actress.
Other winners included EMILY BARCLAY as Best Lead Actress for THE SUBURBAN MAYHEM and SHANE JACOBSON as Best Leader Actor for KENNY
The main film category winners include:
International Award for Best Actor: HEATH LEDGER - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
International Award for Best Actress: RACHEL GRIFFITHS - SIX FEET UNDER
Best Supporting Actor: ANTHONY HAYES - THE SUBURBAN MAYHEM
Best Supporting Actress: SUSIE PORTER - THE CATERPILLAR WISH
Best Lead Actress: EMILY BARCLAY - THE SUBURBAN MAYHEM
Best Lead Actor: SHANE JACOBSON - KENNY
Award for Excellence in Filmmaking: DION BEEBE - MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
L'Oreal Paris AFI Award for Best Film: TEN CANOES
Best Original Screenplay: ROLF DE HEER - TEN CANOES
Best Direction: ROLF DE HEER AND PETER DJIGIRR - TEN CANOES
Best Cinematography: IAN JONES - TEN CANOES
Best Adapted Screenplay: LUKE DAVIES, NEIL ARMFIELD - CANDY
Best Editing: TANIA NEHME - TEN CANOES
Best Sound: JAMES CURRIE, TOM HEUZENROEDER, MICHAEL BAKALOFF, RORY MCGREGOR - TEN CANOES
Best Original Music Score: MICK HARVEY - THE SUBURBAN MAYHEM
Byron Kennedy Award for excellence in filmmaking - ROLF DE HEER
Outstanding Achievement in Television Screen Craft for his work: JOSEPH H PICKERING.