SONS & mothers wins at 2015 AACTAs


Des & Maxx with the other AACTA winners

Des & Maxx with the other AACTA winners


On Tuesday 27 January the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awarded SONS & mothers two of its prestigious documentary awards.

A huge congratulations goes out our sound department, Des Kenneally, Will Sheridan, Pete Best and Scott Illingworth for their award of Best Sound in a Documentary. And to Aaron Gully and Maxx Corkindale for their award for of Best Cinematography in a Documentary.


Des Kenneally & Maxx Corkindale with their awards.


Director Christopher Houghton and Producer Louise Pascale were in Sydney at the Awards luncheon with Des and Maxx who were their to receive the awards.

“In all we received four nominations and we were honoured for the Academy to recognise us,” say Christopher. “So to walk away with two statuettes was really the cherry on top.”


Celebrating with our award.


The AACTA Awards tops off a great year for SONS & mothers where it had already won awards with the ACS, Antenna Film Festival and an ATOM Award.

Here is how it was covered by the South Australian Film Corporation, IF News and SBS.

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SONS & mothers scores four AACTA nominations


The Fourth AACTA Awards has nominated SONS & mothers in four categories.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards are a continuum of the AFI Awards, which have honoured screen excellence in Australia since 1958. The AACTA Awards recognise film, television and documentary screen craft excellence.

The SONS & mothers nominations are:

Best Direction in a Documentary for Christopher Houghton

Best Cinematography in a Documentary for Aaron Gully and Maxx Corkindale

Best Editing in a Documentary for David Banbury

Best Sound in a Documentary for Des Kenneally, Will Sheridan, Pete Best and Scott Illingworth

We are so pleased for all these nominations and wish our talented and brilliant crew all the best for the Awards.

SONS & mothers awarded Best Arts Documentary


The Australian Teachers of Media last week awarded Best Documentary – Arts to SONS & mothers. Since 1982, the ATOM Awards have been celebrating the best Australian and New Zealand screen content from the education sector and screen industry professionals.

They are the second-longest-running film and media awards in Australia, behind the AFI/AACTA Awards.

RocKwiz’s Brian Nankervis hosted the event last Thursday attended by education and screen industry professionals, higher education students, screen funding body reps and sponsors. There were more than 600 entries from Australian and New Zealand media producers in 29 categories.

Click here to discover our fellow nominees in the Best Documentary category and read the full press release here from ATOM.

And then there was the Walkley Longlist


The Walkley Awards Longlist has been announced and we are proud to be among the six nominees.

Announced last week the judges said;

“Sons and Mothers” uses creative techniques to focus on the abilities, rather than disabilities, of its subjects. The judges felt that by allowing those in the film to tell their own stories, the film makers take a difficult subject and turn it into a compelling documentary.”

This category of the prestigious Walkley Awards is only three years old and it is a tough competition. From the Cronulla Riots to the history of Redfern Theatre to Afghanistan this year’s fellow nominees are diverse and compelling.

As part of our nomination, we will now be screening in at the NSW State Library on Sunday 19th October. You can book your place here.

Finalists will be announced on Thursday 16 October, sign up to our email list to keep up to date on our screenings and other news.

Sydney it’s your turn.


SONS & mothers will be capping off its regional tour this October with a screening at Australia’s Antenna Documentary Film Festival. In just its fourth year, Antenna is proving itself each year to be one of Australia’s leading documentary film festivals.

“We were asked to be part of Antenna last year,” says producer Louise Pascale. “But we had to say no because we promised our world premiere to the Adelaide Film Festival. It’s now a year later and we are so glad to cap of our regional tour there.”

“It’s all about the timing.”

Not only are we screening in the festival amongst some fine Australian and international films we are in competition for Best Australian Documentary.

You can book tickets to our screening here.

We’re up for an ATOM!


ATOM, the Australian Teachers of Media, is Australia’s independent, not-for-profit who promotes the study of media in Australian schools. The membership of ATOM are primarily teachers and lecturers across all disciplines and levels of education.

They are the producers of metro magazine and educational support material that allows teachers to bring Australian films in to the classroom. In fact we here at POP engaged them to write our very own study guide.

ATOM also annually awards documentaries, tv series and dramas for film and media excellence in education and the wider industry. This year SONS & mothers has been nominated for Best Documentary – Arts.

Awards to be announced in November and we’re excited to be in such excellent company.

Good luck team!