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Windmill Theatre Co’s Jonathon Oxlade wins AACTA Award

South Australian designer Jonathon Oxlade has won an AACTA Award for Best Costume Design for the coming-of age film, Girl Asleep.

The sixth Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, which acknowledge excellence in film, television and documentary, was held at the Star Event Centre in Sydney today.

This major award caps off a remarkable year of accolades for Jonathon, who also recently won two APDG (The Australian Production Design Guild) Awards for Production and Costume Design and the coveted Sidney Myer Fellowship. Jonathon is Windmill Theatre Co’s Resident Designer and has worked for many theatre companies across Australia. As well as his award-winning work in theatre, Jonathon has also illustrated a number of picture books. Girl Asleep is his debut feature film and this is his first AACTA award.

Jonathon Oxlade said, “It’s such a thrill to win this esteemed award and be recognised by the best in the business for this film. I’m so proud of Girl Asleep, Windmill Theatre Co and the whole team.”

On the cusp of turning fifteen and confronted with an incomprehensible new world, Greta Driscoll (Bethany Whitmore) can’t bear to leave her childhood behind. She floats in a bubble of loserdom with her only friend Elliott (Harrison Feldman), until her parents throw a surprise 15th birthday party and Greta is flung into a dreamy, parallel universe – bizarrely erotic, a little violent, and thoroughly ludicrous. Only in this strange, surprising world can Greta truly find herself.

The film produced and shot entirely in South Australia with local actors, has played in 26 countries including Denmark, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Korea, Columbia, USA, Italy, Sweden and Argentina. It has also had a 21 city general release in major US cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Denver and Boston.

It has wowed audiences at several international film festivals, including the Berlin Film Festival and Buenos Aires Film Festival, and has won seven international awards including the Seattle Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, SA Screen Awards’ Best Film, The Age Critics’ Prize for the Best Australian Feature Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and Australia’s richest film prize, the $100,000 CinefestOZ Award.

Minister for the Arts, The Hon Jack Snelling said, “Congratulations to Jonathon Oxlade, Windmill Theatre Co and the entire team who worked on Girl Asleep, on winning this prestigious award for Best Costume Design. These awards are regarded as the highest recognition in film in this country and it is an incredible achievement for Windmill’s debut feature film. It is a wonderful cultural export we are extremely proud of.”

Windmill Theatre Co Artistic Director and Girl Asleep Director Rosemary Myers said, “We are so lucky to have such an extraordinary designer in Jonathon Oxlade on our Windmill team. The design elements of this film were integral to the story and he mastered the 70s décor and fashion down to the finest detail. We congratulate him on winning this significant award.”

For more information: Lindy Scott, Windmill Theatre Co, 0411 510 849, lindy.scott@windmill.org.au


By Chloe Svaikauskas

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