Longford Lyell Award

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Longford Lyell Award
Awarded for In recognition of "a person who has shown an unwavering commitment over many years to excellence in the film and television industries and has, through their body of work to date, contributed substantially to the enrichment of Australian screen culture"
Country Australia
Presented by Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
First awarded 1968
Official website http://www.aacta.org

The Longford Lyell Award is a lifetime achievement award presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), a non-profit organisation whose aim is "to identify, award, promote and celebrate Australia's greatest achievements in film and television."[1] The award is presented at the annual AACTA Awards Luncheon, which hand out accolades for technical achievements in feature film, television, documentaries and short films.[2] From 1968 to 2010, the award was presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), the Academy's parent organisation, at the annual Australian Film Institute Awards (known as the AFI Awards).[3] When the AFI launched the Academy in 2011, it changed the annual ceremony to the AACTA Awards, with the current award being a continuum of the AFI Raymond Longford Award.[3]

Originally named after Australian filmmaker Raymond Longford (1878–1959), the award recognises "a person who has shown an unwavering commitment over many years to excellence in the film and television industries and has, through their body of work to date, contributed substantially to the enrichment of Australian screen culture", and is the highest honour the Academy bestows.[4][5] In 2015, the name of the award was changed to Longford Lyell Award in recognition of Longford's creative and life partner, actress and filmmaker Lottie Lyell.[6]

Recipients of this award are film and television directors, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers and film editors. People of Australian origin dominate the list, but European-born Australian citizens have also been recognised. The award was first presented to film director and editor Ian Dunlop (director).[7] The award has also been made posthumously to actor John Meillon in 1989 who died that year.[7] The most recent recipient of the award is actress Cate Blanchett in 2015.[6]


Charles Chauvel received the award posthumously in 1977
Peter Weir received the award in 1990, for his work in film directing
Geoffrey Rush received the award in 2009, for his work as a film actor
Cate Blanchett was the 8th woman to receive the award in 2015, for her work as a film actor, and patron of filmmaking in Australia
Year Name Country of origin Notes Ref(s)
1968 Dunlop, IanIan Dunlop  United Kingdom Director [7]
1970 Hawes, StanleyStanley Hawes  United Kingdom Director, producer [7]
1976 Hall, Ken G.Ken G. Hall  Australia Director, [7]
1977 Chauvel, CharlesCharles Chauvel  Australia Director, producer, screenwriter [7]
1978 Lorraine, MarieMarie Lorraine  Australia Filmmaker, actress [7][8]
1978 McDonagh, PaulettePaulette McDonagh  Australia Filmmaker, director, screenwriter [7][8]
1978 McDonagh, PhyllisPhyllis McDonagh  Australia Filmmaker, producer, art director, production designer [7][8]
1979 Toeplitz, JerzyJerzy Toeplitz  Russian Empire Founding director of AFTRS [7][9]
1980 Burstall, TimTim Burstall  United Kingdom Director [7][10]
1981 Adams, PhillipPhillip Adams  Australia Journalist, producer [7][11]
1982 Porter, EricEric Porter  Australia Animator [7][12]
1983 Gooley, BillBill Gooley  Australia Film technician [7]
1984 Williams, DavidDavid Williams  Australia Distributor, exhibitor [7]
1985 Crosby, DonDon Crosby  Australia Actor [7][13]
1986 Jones, BarryBarry Jones  Australia Federal Minister, first Chairman of AFTRS [7]
1987 Riomfalvy, PaulPaul Riomfalvy  Hungary First director of NSW Film Corp [7]
1988 Boyd, RussellRussell Boyd  Australia Cinematographer [7]
1989 Meillon, JohnJohn Meillon  Australia Actor [7]
1990 Weir, PeterPeter Weir  Australia Director [7]
1991 Schepisi, FredFred Schepisi  Australia Director [7][14]
1992 Robinson, LeeLee Robinson  Australia Director [7]
1993 Milliken, SueSue Milliken  Australia Producer [7]
1994 Thompson, JackJack Thompson  Australia Actor [7]
1995 Miller, GeorgeGeorge Miller  Australia Director, screenwriter, producer [7]
1997 Chapman, JanJan Chapman  Australia Producer [7]
1998 Tingwell, Charles "Bud"Charles "Bud" Tingwell  Australia Actor [7][15]
1999 Politzer, JohnJohn Politzer  Australia Exhibitor, distributor [7]
2000 Buckley, AnthonyAnthony Buckley  Australia Producer [7][16]
2001 Stratton, DavidDavid Stratton  United Kingdom Film critic [7]
2002 Edgar, PatriciaPatricia Edgar  Australia Television producer [7][17]
2003 Robinson, TedTed Robinson  Australia Television director, producer, screenwriter and choreographer [7]
2004 Lovell, PatriciaPatricia Lovell  Australia Producer [7][18]
2005 Barrett, RayRay Barrett  Australia Actor [7][19]
2006 Jones, IanIan Jones  Australia Television director, producer, screenwriter [7][20]
2007 Hannay, DavidDavid Hannay  New Zealand Producer [7][21]
2008 Gilmour, DioneDione Gilmour  Australia Natural history filmmaker [7][22]
2009 Rush, GeoffreyGeoffrey Rush  Australia Actor [7][23]
2010 Grundy, RegReg Grundy  Australia Broadcaster, entrepreneur, producer [7][24]
2012 McAlpine, DonDon McAlpine  Australia Cinematographer [25]
2013 Clark, AlAl Clark  United Kingdom Film producer [26]
2014 Weaver, JackiJacki Weaver  Australia Actress [27]
2015 Andrew Knight  Australia Television writer, producer [28]
2015 Cate Blanchett  Australia Actress [6]


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