Nomination Details

Ceremony Year 2017
Nomination category

Nomination Detail

Warwick Thornton gained international recognition when his feature film debut Samson and Delilah (2009), which he wrote, directed and shot, won the Cannes Film Festival’s Caméra d’Or and an APSA for Best Feature Film. The Darkside (2013) was his third film to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival following short films Green Bush (2006) and Nana (2008). Thornton contributed to APSA Best Feature Film nominee The Turning (2013) and Words With Gods (2014), which premiered at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival. His work as Director of Photography also includes hit musical The Sapphires (2012). Warwick recently completed the feature documentary We Don’t Need A Map (2017), which opened Australia’s Sydney Film Festival.

Dylan River is a filmmaker from Alice Springs, Australia, and the son of Warwick Thornton. His debut documentary Buckskin (2013) won the Documentary Prize at the 60th Sydney Film Festival and was selected for the Adelaide Film Festival & numerous international film festivals. Dylan’s first short film Nulla Nulla (2015) premiered at the Berlin International Short Film Festival in 2015, followed by a selection for the Toronto International Film Festival and later won the AACTA Award for Best Short Fiction Film. Dylan is a sought-after cinematographer, working across shorts, documentaries, feature films and advertising.


The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.

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