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52 Tuesdays wins SASAs' top prize

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Acclaimed South Australian film 52 Tuesdays has a new award to add to its collection after being named best feature in the SA Screen Awards on the weekend.

The film, about a 16-year-old girl discovering her independence at the same time her mother is undergoing a gender transition, beat fellow nominee The Dead Speak Back to take the cash prize of $3000.

Directed by Sophie Hyde, 52 Tuesdays has previously won a Crystal Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the best director category at 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Best feature - 52 Tuesdays

Best feature – 52 Tuesdays

The SASAs, presented by the Media Resource Centre, seek to celebrate and promote South Australian film talent and help local film-makers gain wider attention.

The gala awards presentation on Friday night also saw Whyalla film-maker David Wade share in the total $50,000 prize pool, with his short comedy Welcome To Iron Knob – based around the fall-out after a young boy accidentally shoots a stranger with his father’s gun – picking up five awards, including best comedy and best short film.

Other winners included: Living on Country – Irrunytju (best documentary), Pale Blue Dot (best drama and best cinematography), Peleda (best web series) and This is Africa (best non-narrative film).

Among the craft awards, best performance went to James Smith for his lead role in Bird Bath, best direction was won by Danny and Michael Philippou for Deluge, best composition was won by Chris Larkin for Motorbike Short, and best cinematography by Nima Nabili Rad for Pale Blue Dot.

Media Resource Centre director Gail Kovatseff said this year saw the biggest prize pool offered by the awards.

“We saw established practitioners, including the team behind 52 Tuesdays. take out awards as well as filmmakers with their early shorts like Danny and Michael Phillipou, who are also proving themselves as YouTube sensations.”

Check out the Mercury Cinema website for details of the Best of SASA screenings.

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