Industry Heavyweights to Chair Chauvel Award Committee

December 22, 2015


Industry Heavyweights to Chair Chauvel Award Committee

Jan Chapman, David Stratton, Alan Finney and Melanie Coombs will feature among a host of insiders at the Gold Coast Film Festival.

The Gold Coast Film Festival has secured six of Australia’s most respected film industry members to be part of its 2016 Chauvel Award committee. Jan Chapman, producer of the AFI Best Film winner, Lantana and Academy Award® winner The Piano, and 2002 Chauvel Award recipient, will be joining the committee this year alongside  Melanie Coombs, producer of the Academy Award® winner Harvie Krumpet and film industry veteran, actor and producer Alan Finney. Australian film critic and TV personality David Stratton, major festival sponsor Screen Queensland’s CEO, Tracey Vieira and Bond University’s Prof. Bruce Molloy have also been announced as the esteemed 2016 Chauvel Committee members.

The Chauvel Award, named in honour of Charles Chauvel commenced in 1993, acknowledges an individual who has made significant contribution to Australian cinema. The award was previously part of the Brisbane International Film Festival and past recipients of the Award have included producer Anthony Buckley, directors George Miller and Rolf de Heer, actors Bryan Brown and Geoffrey Rush, cinematographer John Seale and documentary makers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson.

The Festival will welcome audiences to an In Conversation With evening with the 2016 Chauvel Award recipient, which promises to be an intimate look at the career and contribution the recipient has made to Australian cinema, accompanied by footage from their films. The evening will be moderated by 2007 Chauvel Award recipient and Chauvel Award committee member David Stratton.

The 10-day Gold Coast Film Festival will be held from 31 March – 10 April 2016.