2005 Australian Film Institute Awards

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2005 Australian Film Institute Awards
Date25 November 2005 and
26 November 2005
SiteWaterfront City Pavilion and Melbourne Central City Studios, Melbourne, Victoria
Hosted byRussell Crowe
Best FilmLook Both Ways
Most awardsFeature film: Look Both Ways (5)
Television: Love My Way (5)
Most nominationsFeature film: Little Fish (13)
Television: Love My Way (6)
Television coverage
NetworkNine Network

The 47th Annual Australian Film Institute Awards (generally known as AFI Awards), were a series of awards which included the AFI Craft Awards and the AFI Awards Ceremony. Presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), the awards celebrated the best in Australian feature film, television, documentary and short film productions of 2005. The two events were held in Melbourne, Victoria, with the former presentation at the Waterfront City Pavilion, and the latter at the Melbourne Central City Studios, on 25 November and 26 November 2005, respectively. The AFI Awards Ceremony was televised on the Nine Network, with actor Russell Crowe hosting both this and the AFI Craft Awards.[1]

Look Both Ways received the most feature film awards with five, including Best Film and Best Direction. Little Fish and The Proposition collected four awards each. The only other winner was Three Dollars with one for Best Adapted Screenplay. In the television categories, Love My Way won five awards, including Best Drama Series, Best Direction and Best Screenplay. MDA was given two awards. Other television winners were Holly's Heroes, John Safran vs God, The Glass House and The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant, with one each.


After poor viewership of the 2004 Awards ceremony, the AFI hired live entertainment promoter Paul Dainty to revamp the event.[2] This included splitting the awards into two separate events: The AFI Craft Awards and the AFI Awards Ceremony, which were held on the 25 November and 26 November, respectively.[3] The Craft Awards were presented for technical achievements in feature films, television and non-feature films. The chief executive of the AFI said the reason behind the split was to give "craft nominees more respect, with their own black-tie event."[4] The decision, however, was met with some criticism from industry members, who felt that they were being undermined and overshadowed by the other non-technical categories.[5] Australian Screen Editors said the "split undermines the uniquely collaborative nature of filmmaking and sent the wrong message for the next generation of filmmakers."[6]

Australian actor Russell Crowe was chosen to host the AFI Craft Awards and the AFI Awards Ceremony. Awards at both presentations were handed out on the 25 November and 26 November, respectively. The latter event received a delayed broadcast on Nine Network at 10:55 pm, and a five-minute segment dedicated to the Craft Awards was shown.[3][6] The ceremony drew in an audience of 900,000 viewers.[7] Crowe's work as host, and the AFI's decision to hire Dainty to produce the event was well received by critics. The Age felt Dainty's involvement in the production of the ceremony "was pivotal to the awards' renaissance", adding that splitting the awards "put an end to the drawn-out ceremonies of years past."[8] Michaela Boland from Variety praised Crowe for his "charming [and] funny" performance hosting the show.[9]

Winners and nominees[edit]

The nominations were announced by Australian actors Claudia Karvan and Alex Dimitriades on 21 October 2005 at the Wharf Restaurant in Sydney, New South Wales.[10] Leading the feature film nominees was Little Fish with thirteen. Love My Way gained the most television nominations with six.[11]

Feature film[edit]

Best Film Best Direction
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Lead Actor Best Lead Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography Best Editing
Best Original Music Score Best Sound
Best Production Design Best Costume Design


Best Drama Series Best Comedy Series
Best Telefeature or Mini Series Best Light Entertainment Series
Best Lead Actor Best Lead Actress
Best Guest or Supporting Actor Best Guest or Supporting Actress
Best Direction Best Screenplay
Best Children's Television Drama Outstanding Achievement in Craft in Television

Non-feature film[edit]

Best Documentary Best Direction in a Documentary
  • Janet Merewether – Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life
    • Kathy Drayton – Girl in a Mirror
    • John Moore – Abortion, Corruption and Cops - The Bertram Wainer Story
    • Klaus Toft – Killers in Eden
Best Short Fiction Film Best Short Animation
  • Jewboy – Tony Krawitz (Director)
    • A Message from Fallujah – Richard Gibson (Director)
    • Azadi – Anthony Maras (Director)
    • The Eye Inside – Cordelia Beresford (Director)
Best Screenplay in a Short Film Best Cinematography in a Non-Feature Film
  • Greig Fraser – Jewboy
    • Cordelia Beresford – The Eye Inside
    • Jenni Meaney – Abortion, Corruption and Cops - The Bertram Wainer Story
    • Corey Piper – Opal Fever
Best Editing in a Non-Feature Film Best Sound in a Non-Feature Film
  • James Bradley – Mr. Patterns
    • Henry Dangar ASE – The Djarn Djarns
    • Paul Hamilton, Michael Horton – All Points of the Compass
    • Jane Moran – Jewboy
  • Leo Sullivan, Tony Vaccher, Danny Longhurst – Vietnam Symphony
    • Doron Kipen, Emma Bortignon, Ken Sallows ASE – Iraq, My Country
    • Basil Krivoroutchko, Davin Patterson – Cool
    • Sam Petty, Mark Blackwell – Jewboy
Outstanding Achievement in Craft in a Non-Feature Film

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AFI AWARDS 2005 – WINNERS
  2. ^ "Russell Crowe to host AFI Awards". Urban Cinefile. 6 October 2005. Archived from the original on 19 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b Urban, Andrew L. (27 November 2005). "AFI Awards - 2005 Winners". Urban Cinefile. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  4. ^ Ziffer, Daniel (22 October 2005). "Three movies chasing the happy endings". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  5. ^ Di Rosso, Jason; Rigg, Julie (25 November 2005). "The week in film". ABC Radio National. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  6. ^ a b Maddox, Garry (24 November 2005). "Nine's AFI 'insult' angers film judge". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  7. ^ Di Rosso, Jason; Rigg, Julie (2 December 2005). "The week in film - Movie Time". ABC Radio National. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Drama, suspense and Rusty: awards night back". The Age. Fairfax Media. 27 November 2005. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  9. ^ Michaela Boland (5 December 2005). "Crowe's AFI antics". Variety. Reed Elsevier Inc. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  10. ^ Pascuzzi, Carmine. "Spotlight - L'Oreal Paris 2005 AFI Awards Nominations". Mediasearch. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  11. ^ "AFI Nominees". The Age. Fairfax Media. 21 October 2005. Retrieved 19 August 2013.

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