The Byron Kennedy Award, which honours Dr George Miller’s original filmmaking partner and MAD MAX co-creator Byron Kennedy, celebrates outstanding creative enterprise within the film and television industries. Determined annually by an appointed jury, the Award is given to an individual or organisation whose work embodies innovation and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Presented by Kennedy Miller Mitchell, in association with AACTA, this Byron Kennedy Award includes a cash prize of $10,000.
Byron Kennedy Award recipients are dynamic and diverse. They include filmmaker and film festival founder John Polson, cutting edge film technology/computer graphic imaging experts Animal Logic, multidisciplinary filmmaker Ivan Sen, filmmaker, animator and artist Sarah Watt, the Australian Cinematographers Society, writer, director and producer Amiel Courtin-Wilson, cinematographer Adam Arkapaw and, most recently, acclaimed artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth.
For a full list of Byron Kennedy recipients, click here.
Lynette Wallworth – Byron Kennedy Award
6th AACTA Awards Presented by Foxtel
The most recent Byron Kennedy Award was presented to acclaimed artist and director Lynette Wallworth at the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel in Sydney on Wednesday 7 December 2016.
Lynette Wallworth is an acclaimed filmmaker known for her innovative use of virtual reality and the mixing of technology with art to bring audiences into her works and provoke profound, emotional responses. Lynette’s career spans the globe, moving across continents and uniting international audiences through story.
“Lynette Wallworth is a pioneer in the screen industry not just in Australia, but around the world,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella. “She continues to push the boundaries of screen, using emerging technologies and visionary artistic media to engage audiences around the world in new, innovative experiences.”
Her documentary, TENDER, received five AACTA nominations and won the AACTA Award for Best Documentary Television Program at the 4th AACTA Awards. Her most recent work, COLLISIONS, is a virtual reality film that explores the collision of science and spirit with Aboriginal elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan. COLLISIONS was developed as part of the inaugural Sundance Institute New Frontier | Jaunt VR Residency Program and takes audiences on a journey to the land of the Martu tribe in the remote desert of Western Australia.
Lynette’s immersive installations and films have been shown locally and internationally, including the World Economic Forum, Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, The Smithsonian, Sydney Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival and London Film Festival.
The honour is a dream-come-true for Lynette Wallworth, who said:
“The names of some of the previous winners of the Byron Kennedy Award count amongst my heroes, and I am humbled and amazed to be considered amongst them.
“Despite a wonderful life as an international artist forging new pathways, there is nothing more meaningful to me than being acknowledged here at home. I am so grateful to the jury for thinking my work was worthy of this honour, and I am thrilled to associated, in any way, with the artistry of a fearless visionary – George Miller.”