Air New Zealand Screen Awards winners announced

Friday, August 25, 2006

The winners of the annual 2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards were announced on Thursday, 24 August night.

The movie: The World's Fastest Indian, about an Invercargill motorcycle enthusiast who set a world speed record in 1967 on his Indian motorcycle, won altogether seven awards. The awards were for best-

  • Director, Roger Donaldson,
  • Leading actor, Sir Anthony Hopkins,
  • Film, Gary Hannam and Roger Donaldson (producers),
  • Screenplay, Roger Donaldson,
  • Editing, John Gilbert,
  • Sound, Tim Prebble, Gethin Creagh and Michael Hedges and
  • Production design, J Dennis Washington & Rob Gillies.

However both Donaldson and Hopkins were not present at the ceremony to receive their awards.

John Gilbert, The World's Fastest Indian editor, said: "The movie is successful because people can relate to the main character."

The film No. 2 won four awards, they were for best:

  • Actress, Ruby Dee,
  • Supporting actor, Rene Naufahu,
  • Supporting actress, Mia Blake and
  • Original music, Don McGlashan.

Ruby Dee, American actress was also absent from the ceremony.

The River Queen scored two awards, including best:

  • Cinematography, Alun Bollinger and
  • Costume design, Barbara Darragh.

In the television section the The Insider's Guide To Love won six awards, including the best:

  • Contribution to design, Nic Smillie,
  • Actor, Gareth Reeves,
  • Actress, Kate Elliott,
  • Director in a drama/comedy programme, Nathan Price,
  • Camerawork in a drama, Simon Baumfield and
  • Original music, David Long.

Television series Interrogation won three awards, for best:

  • Supporting actress, Claire Chitham,
  • Script for a single episode of a drama series or serial, Fiona Samuel and
  • Editing in a Drama programme, Lisa Hough.

Television comedy series bro'Town won three awards for best:

  • Comedy,
  • Production design, Ant Sang and
  • Script in a Comedy, Oscar Kightley, Mario Gaoa, David Fane, Shimpal Lelisi & Elizabeth Mitchell.

Drama series Outrageous Fortune won two awards, for best:

  • Drama programme and
  • Drama series

TV Series The Promise won two awards, for best:

  • Documentary and
  • Camerawork in a Documentary, Wayne Vinten.

The following twelve shows also won an award: High Times, Koi, Holly's Heroes, Dancing With The Stars, Westfield Style Pasifika 2005, Busted At The Border, The Market, Off The Rails -- A Love Story, Lifting Of The Makutu, The Living Room Series 3, From Cannon's Creek to Jacob's Pillow and Earthquake.