AACTAs 2019 – Nightingale blows away the sentiment

This year's night of nights was full of surprises with an air of inevitability and a certain unexpected range of glory.

This year, the AACTA awards descended into madness in a wonderful way. We were offered the full gamut of feature films from joyful sentimentality endorsed by box office to the flintiest of colonial brutality played out on the bodies of black and white alike. 

In the last few years the academy and the public have tended to agree. Not this year. The tough art won as The Nightingale took out Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. That made Jennifer Kent a heroine, confirming in a very different picture the artistic integrity of Babadook.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.