Longford Lyell Award
First presented in 1968, the AACTA Longford Lyell Award is the highest honour that the Australian Academy can bestow upon an individual.
Originally known as the AFI | AACTA Raymond Longford Award, in honour of the great Australian film pioneer, Raymond Longford. The name of the Award was changed in 2015 following extensive industry consultation, in recognition of Raymond Longford's partner in filmmaking and in life, Lottie Lyell.
The AACTA Longford Lyell Award recognises a person who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia's screen environment and culture.
Director Ian Dunlop was the first recipient of the honour at the 1968 AFI Awards. Since then, many icons of the Australian screen industry have received the Award, including Peter Weir, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Jan Chapman, David Stratton, Don McAlpine, Sue Milliken, Al Clark, Jacki Weaver, Andrew Knight, Cate Blanchett and many more. Most recently the Award was presented to actor Bryan Brown at the 2018 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel in Sydney in December 2018.
For the full list of Longford Lyell Award recipients, see below.
AFI Raymond Longford Award Recipients
Those awarded the Raymond Longford Award under the AFI between 1968 and 2010 are as follows.
1968 Ian Dunlop (Director)
1970 Stanley Hawes (Director/Producer)
1976 Ken G. Hall (Director)
1977 Charles Chauvel (Director/Producer/Writer)
1978 Paulette McDonagh, Phyllis McDonagh and Isobel McDonagh (Filmmakers)
1979 Jerzy Toeplitz (Founding Director of AFTRS)
1980 Tim Burstall (Director)
1981 Phillip Adams (Producer/Journalist)
1982 Eric Porter (Animator)
1983 Bill Gooley (Film Technician)
1984 David Williams (Exhibitor/Distributor)
1985 Don Crosby (Actor)
1986 Barry Jones MP (Federal Minister & first Chairman of AFTRS)
1987 Paul Riomfalvy (First Director of the NSW Film Corporation)
1988 Russell Boyd (Cinematographer)
1989 John Meillon – Awarded posthumously (Actor)
1990 Peter Weir (Director)
1991 Fred Schepisi (Director)
1992 Lee Robinson (Director)
1993 Sue Milliken (Producer)
1994 Jack Thompson (Actor)
1995 Dr George Miller (Director)
1997 Jan Chapman (Producer)
1998 Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell (Actor)
1999 John Politzer (Exhibitor/Distributor)
2000 Anthony Buckley AO (Producer)
2001 David Stratton (Film Critic)
2002 Patricia Edgar (Producer)
2003 Ted Robinson (Writer/Producer/Director/Choreographer)
2004 Patricia Lovell (Producer)
2005 Ray Barrett (Actor)
2006 Ian Jones (Writer/Producer/Director)
2007 David Hannay (Producer)
2008 Dione Gilmour (Natural History Filmmaker)
2009 Geoffrey Rush (Actor)
2010 Reg Grundy AC OBE (Broadcaster/Producer/Entrepreneur)
AACTA Raymond Longford Award Recipients
In 2011, the AFI established the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Therefore, Don McAlpine was the first screen practitioner to be awarded the AACTA Raymond Longford Award.
Inaugural AACTA Awards (2012) Don McAlpine (Cinematographer)
2nd AACTA Awards (2013) Al Clark (Producer)
3rd AACTA Awards (2014) Jacki Weaver (Actress)
AACTA Longford Lyell Award Recipients
Originally known as the Raymond Longford Award, in honour of the great Australian film pioneer Raymond Longford. The name of the Award was changed in 2015 following extensive industry consultation, in recognition of Raymond Longford’s partner in filmmaking and in life, Lottie Lyell. Therefore, Andrew Knight was the first screen practitioner to be awarded the AACTA Longford Lyell Award.
4th AACTA Awards (2015) Andrew Knight (Writer/Producer)
5th AACTA Awards (2015) Cate Blanchett (Actress)
6th AACTA Awards (2016) Paul Hogan (Actor)
7th AACTA Awards (2017) Phillip Noyce (Director)
8th AACTA Awards (2018) Bryan Brown (Actor)
2019 AACTA Awards (2019) Sam Neil (Actor)
2021 AACTA Awards (2021) David Gulpilil (Actor)
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