Baz Luhrmann honoured in Australia

November 20th, 2009 - 3:08 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 20 (ANI): Acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann was presented with the coveted Living Legend prize at Australia’s Inside Film (IF) Awards on Wednesday.

The ‘Moulin Rouge!’ moviemaker was also handed the trophy for Box Office Achievement for his 2008 epic Australia- a homage to his home country.

In his acceptance speech, Luhrmann paid tribute to the ever-expanding Australian film industry.

“This is an industry to be proud of, it’s incredibly exciting. We have it, let’s not blow it. I think it’s an extraordinarily exciting time to be an Australian filmmaker,” the Daily Express quoted him as telling the crowd.

Australian love story ‘Samson & Delilah’ was the big winner at the ceremony, held at Sydney’s Luna Park, scooping six awards, including Best Film and Best Actor/Actress honours for its stars - newcomers Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson.

Balibo, starring Anthony Lapaglia, bagged seven nominations but only took two prizes, for best sound and editing. (ANI)

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