Hit Horror Film ‘Talk to Me’ Grabs Five AACTA Industry Awards in Philippou Brothers’ Native Australia

“Talk to Me,” the creepy hit horror film directed by Australian brothers Danny and Michael Philippou’s picked up five AACTA Industry Awards on Thursday.

Their prizes included best screenplay and best editing in film. “The New Boy,” which premiered in Cannes last year, collected two AACTA Industry awards for best cinematography and best design in film.

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“The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart,” “Deadloch” and “The Australian Wars” dominated the AACTA Industry awards’ television categories, with three prizes each.

The most nominated TV production of this year, “The Newsreader,” scooped the best direction in drama or comedy award.

Hit comedy “Colin From Accounts” and the recently renewed ABC drama series “Bay of Fires” came away empty-handed from the AACTA Industry Awards which focus on excellence in screen craft across film, television, documentary, short film, and digital production.

But some will have further chances on Saturday with another round of prizes in the main AACTA Awards. Both awards shows are backed by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and both ceremonies are held at the Home of the Arts (HOTA) in Gold Coast, Queensland.

“Talk to Me,” was one of the biggest breakout hits of last year. It tells the tale of a group of friends who discover how to conjure up spirits through the use of an embalmed hand.

Debuting at the 2022 Adelaide festival before making a splash at Sundance in January 2023, it was picked up for North American release by A24. And made on a reported budget of $4.5 million, it earned over $90 million on worldwide theatrical release.

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