by Mark Rabinowitz
Bill Bennett's intriguing thriller, "Kiss Or Kill" took home a leading five
wins at the 1997 Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Picture,
when the awards were handed out on November 14th. "Kill" also garnered wins
for Best Supporting Actor (Andrew S. Gilbert), Best Editor (Henry Dangar),
Best Achievement in Sound (Wayne Pashley, Toivo Lember, Gethin Creagh), and
Best Director (Bill Bennett), with "Doing Time For Patsy Cline" and "The Well"
the other multiple winners.
Chris Kennedy's "Doing Time" won for Best Achievement in Costume Design
(Louise Wakefield), Best Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie), Best Original
Score (Peter Best) and Best Actor in a Leading role (Richard Roxburgh),
while Samantha Lang's "The Well", took home awards for Best Adapted
Screenplay (Laura Jones), Best Lead Actress (Pamela Rabe) and Best
Achievement in Production Design (Michael Philips). The other two awards
went to Mike Leigh's "Secrets & Lies" for Best Foreign Film and "The Castle"
for Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy and Rob Sitch's Best Original
In an interesting turn, there were only three women nominated in the four
slots for Best Lead Actress, with "Kiss Or Kill" lead Frances O'Connor
nominated for "Thank God He Met Lizzie" as well.