Justin Kurzel’s ‘Nitram’, the controversial real-life mass shooting drama in Tasmania that forever changed the issue of gun control in Australia, won the Australian Academy of Motion Picture Arts Film Awards and of television (AACTA) this year.
The film dominated the debates, winning eight awards, including Best Picture, Directing, Original Screenplay and Editing, as well as four acting accolades for Caleb Landry-Jones, Judy Davis, Anthony LaPaglia and Essie Davis.
Only two other films won the award in more than one category – the mysterious drama directed by Eric Bana “The Dry” (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography) and the “Mortal Kombat” film set in South Australia (Best Design by production, better sound).
Monica Zanetti’s “Ellie and Abbie” won the Best Independent Film Award, “Higher Ground” won the Best Costume Design and “June Again” won the Best Score Award.
On the television front, the 1980s newsroom drama directed by Anna Tov, “The Newsreader,” swept the ceremony with five wins, including Best Drama Series. The beloved cartoon “Bluey” won the best children’s program.
IFC Films today acquired “Nitram” for release in the United States, which will hit theaters on March 30, 2022 while debuting day and date on the AMC + service.