Girl Asleep Scoops Seven AACTA Nominations

South Australian coming-of-age comic drama Girl Asleep has received seven AACTA nominations, namely:

  • Best Film
  • Best Direction
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Production Design

The film produced and filmed entirely in South Australia with local actors, has played in 26 countries including Denmark, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Korea, Columbia, USA, Italy, Sweden and Argentina. It has also had a 21- city general release in major US cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Denver and Boston.

It has wowed audiences at several prestigious film festivals, including the Berlin Film Festival and Buenos Aires Film Festival, and has won seven international awards including the Seattle Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, SA Screen Awards’ Best Film, The Age Critics’ Prize for the best Australian feature film at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and Australia’s richest film prize, the $100,000 CinefestOZ Award.

Minister for the Arts The Hon Jack Snelling said, “We applaud Windmill Theatre Co and the entire team for this unique and inspiring South Australian film that embodies our state’s leadership in creativity and innovation. A work that began as a theatre show as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, then premiered as a film at the Adelaide Film Festival, this work has now been screened all over the world and is a wonderful cultural export we can all be proud of.’’

Girl Asleep was developed through the Adelaide Film Festival’s HIVE fund, supported by the Australia Council, Screen Australia, the ABC and the South Australian Film Corporation.

Director Rosemary Myers said, ‘‘It’s such a thrill to be nominated and we congratulate our fellow HIVE fund nominee Spear and South Australian films, Michelle’s Story and Highly Strung.’’


Lindy Scott, Windmill Theatre Co, 0411 510 849,

By Chloe Svaikauskas

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