Gold Coast Film Festival today announced Claudia Karvan as the winner of the Chauvel Award, the first time the award will be held on the Gold Coast.
The Chauvel Award, named in honour of Charles Chauvel, commenced in 1993 and acknowledges an individual who has made significant contributions to Australian cinema.
The Award recognises Karvan, who has achieved popular success and critical acclaim through her work in film and television. Having begun her career at 14, Karvan has an extensive filmography; she first appeared in Gillian Armstrong’s High Tide (1987) with Judy Davis and then in Phillip Noyce’s Echoes of Paradise (1987).
As well as accepting her award at the Gold Coast Film Festival, Karvan will also be In Conversation With David Stratton, a previous Chauvel Award winner himself. The event, to be held on Saturday 9 April, will be an intimate look at Karvan’s career, showing footage from her films
David Stratton said he is looking forward delving into In Conversation With Claudia.
“I have known Claudia since she started acting and even appeared in a film with her once – something I’m certain will be referred to in our informal chat. Her career has gone from strength to strength, and she is unquestionably one of our finest actors.”
Director Gold Coast Film Festival Lucy Fisher said she was excited to announce Claudia Karvan as the recipient of the Chauvel Award.
“Claudia is one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known actresses and most recently also a producer,” Lucy told Blank GC.
“It is an honour to award Claudia the 2016 Chauvel Award – the first time the award has been held here at the Gold Coast Film Festival.”
“I have no doubt she’ll bring fascinating insights to her career which includes everything from The Secret Life of Us to Jack Irish,” Lucy said.
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Other past recipients of the prestigious Award have included producer Anthony Buckley, directors George Miller and Rolf de Heer, actors Bryan Brown and Geoffrey Rush, cinematographer John Seale and documentary makers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson.
The 10-day Gold Coast Film Festival runs 31 March – 10 April 2016.