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1974–75 Australian Film Institute Awards

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The 17th Australian Film Awards ceremony, presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI) honoured the best Australian films of 1974 and 1975 and took place on 23 March 1975, at the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney, New South Wales. Actress Glenda Jackson hosted the ceremony.

1974−75 Australian Film Awards
DateMonday, 23 March 1975
SiteSydney Opera House
Sydney, New South Wales
Hosted byGlenda Jackson
Best FilmSunday Too Far Away
Most awardsBilly and Percy and Sunday Too Far Away (3)


In the competition the Australian Film Institute (AFI) presented awards across nine categories. The winners of the Golden Reel prize included feature film Sunday Too Far Away (which is considered the winner of the Best Film category),[1] tele-movie Billy and Percy, and documentary Mr. Symbol Man; feature films Petersen and The True Story of Eskimo Nell and documentaries A Steam Train Passes and Stirring won the Silver prize; and the film Between Wars won the Bronze prize.[2][3] Awards were also handed out in feature film categories for Best Actor, which went to Jack Thompson for Sunday Too Far Away and Petersen and Martin Vaughan for Billy and Percy; Julie Dawson for Best Actress, for Who Killed Jenny Langby?; Barry Humphries and Reg Lye for Best Supporting Actor, for The Great Macarthy and Sunday Too Far Away respectively; and John Power for Best Direction, for Billy and Percy.[2][3]
Winners of the gold prize.
Winners of the silver prize.
Winners of the bronze prize.

Category Winners[2][3]
Golden Reel Prize
for Best Film
* Sunday Too Far Away
Golden Reel Prize
for Best Documentary
* Mr. Symbol Man
Golden Reel Prize * Billy and Percy
Silver Prize
for Best Film
* Petersen
Silver Prize
for Best Documentary
* A Steam Train Passes
* Stirring
Silver Medallion
for Photography
* Vincent Monton – The True Story of Eskimo Nell
Bronze Prize
for Best Film
* Between Wars
Best Direction * John Power – Billy and Percy
Best Actor * Jack Thompson – Sunday Too Far Away and Petersen
* Martin Vaughan – Billy and Percy
Best Actress * Sunday Too Far Away
Best Supporting Actor
(Honourable mentions)
* Barry Humphries – The Great McCarthy
* Reg Lye – Sunday Too Far Away
Best Screenplay * David Williamson – Petersen
Best Original Music Score * Bruce Smeaton – The Cars That Ate Paris and The Great McCarthy
Alan Stout Award
for Best Short Film
* John Papadopoulos – Matchless
* Ian Macrae – Love is Hate
* Chris Noonan – Bulls
Media Department Award
for a film depicting an aspect of Australian life and endeavor
* Sunday Too Far Away


  1. ^ "AACTA - Past Winners: 1974-75". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Staff (24 March 1975). "Shearer feature gets good clip of 'Oscars'". The Age. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Staff (24 March 1975). "Shearers' strike film wins top Aust award". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2011.

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