Australian producer Sue Milliken to receive 2018 Chauvel Award

The Gold Coast Film Festival will award national screen industry award, the Chauvel Award, to producer Sue Milliken this month.

With a career across film and TV stretching from the late 1960’s to today, Milliken is a highly regarded and lauded Australian producer.  Most recently, Sue co-wrote and produced the Bruce Beresford film ‘Ladies in Black’, set to be released in October.

On Thursday 28 June, the Gold Coast Film Festival will present Milliken with the Chauvel Award at a special industry event: Jenny Cooney In Conversation With Sue Milliken. The night will be an intimate look at Milliken’s career, accompanied by footage from her films and moderated by Hollywood entertainment journalist, Jenny Cooney.

“This award is very special to me,” said Sue Milliken.

“I have always been a great admirer of Charles and Elsa Chauvel, who were pioneers of our industry with a grand vision for Australian films and Australian stories.   It is such an honour to stand in their shadow.”

The 2018 Chauvel Award committee is comprised of Australian film critic and TV personality David Stratton; 2002 Chauvel Award recipient and producer of the AFI Best Film winner, ‘Lantana’ and Academy Award® winner for ‘The Piano’ Jan Chapman;  producer of the Academy Award® winner ‘Harvie Krumpet’ Melanie Coombs; film industry veteran, actor and producer Alan Finney; film historian Professor Emeritus Bruce Molloy and Screen Queensland’s CEO, Tracey Vieira.

Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher said it was an honour to welcome Sue Milliken to the Gold Coast for the Chauvel Award presentation.

“It’s a privilege to award The Chauvel Award to Sue – she is a ground-breaking Australian producer with an incredible body of work over the years and I look forward to hearing her many stories in her conversation with Jenny Cooney,” Ms Fisher said.

The Chauvel Award 2018 runs outside of the festival dates, as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival’s year-round series of screenings, Q&As and screen culture events. Please visit gcfilmfestival.com for more information. IMAGE (c) Hollie Adams, for The Australian

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