Deborah Mailman named as 2017 Chauvel Award recipient: Gold Coast Film Festival

Actor Deborah Mailman has been announced as the Chauvel Award recipient for 2017 as part of the 15th annual Gold Coast Film Festival. She’s the first ever Indigenous recipient of the national screen industry award, which was established in 1992 and acknowledges people who have made a significant contribution to Australian screen entertainment.

Queensland-born Mailman first received national acclaim in 1998 for her portrayal of ‘Nona’ in the film Radiance, receiving both the AFI and Film Critics’ Circle Award for Most Outstanding Actress, before going on to achieve other film credits including for MentalBran Nue DaeDear ClaudiaThe Monkey’s MaskRabbit Proof FenceThe Book of RevelationLucky Miles and the internationally celebrated and award-winning feature The Sapphires.

Mailman will be presented with the award during Gold Coast Film Festival and will appear in conversation with David Stratton. The night will be an intimate look at Mailman’s career on and off the screen, accompanied by footage from her films.

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Mailman has been recognised for her remarkable work in the Australian screen industry by the 2017 Chauvel Award Committee, which features seven of Australia’s most highly respected and sought-after film industry members.

The committee comprises Jan Chapman, producer of the AFI Best Film winner, Lantana and Academy Award® winner The Piano and 2002 Chauvel Award recipient, actor, producer and AFI Chair Alan Finney, 2007 Chauvel Award recipient, Australian film critic and TV personality David Stratton, Screen Queensland’s CEO Tracey Vieira, Professor Emeritus Bruce Molloy, producer Melanie Coombs and actor, producer and 2016 Chauvel Award recipient Claudia Karvan.

Australian producer Jan Chapman said Mailman has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian screen industry.

“Deborah Mailman is one of Australia’s most loved and successful stage, film and television actresses and her impressive theatre credits and filmography are a testament to her incredible talent,” Ms Chapman said.

In television, Mailman has created some of Australia’s most enduring characters including her TV Week Silver Logie Award winning portrayals of ‘Bonita Mabo’ in Mabo, ‘Kelly’ in The Secret Life of Us and ‘Lorraine’ in Redfern Now. Deborah has held outstanding roles in Offspring, Rush, The Alice, Two Twisted, Jack Irish, Black Comedy and Tomorrow When the War Began.  She was also a regular television presenter, hosting Playschool and Message Sticks for the ABC and Lonely Planet’s Going Bush for SBS.

Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher said she was thrilled to welcome Deborah Mailman to the festival calling her an iconic Australian actor.

Held from 19-30 April, the 15th annual Gold Coast Film Festival will bring an action-packed program to Queensland, captivating audiences with a host of film screenings, events and interactive workshops. The event attracted more than 14,000 attendees in 2016 and screened 38 feature films from 15 countries.

Tickets for the 2017 Gold Coast Film Festival’s David Stratton In Conversation with Deborah Mailman are on sale nowThe Chauvel Award cocktail party and In Conversation event take place Saturday 22 April.

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Chauvel Award recipient Deborah Mailman
In Conversation with David Stratton
Saturday 22 April for Gold Coast Film Festival at The Arts Centre Gold Coast
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