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Source: Australian Department of Communications

Compelling new ABC series Total Control has claimed a trifecta of the nation’s top screen prizes, winning the AACTA Awards for Best Drama, Best Lead Actress for Deborah Mailman and Best Supporting Actress for Rachel Griffiths.

The ABC won many of this year’s major AACTA Awards for outstanding Australian television content, including Best Factual Entertainment Program for ABC original formatYou Can’t Ask That, Best Documentary for The Australian Dream, Best Factual Program for Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds and Best Children’s Program for Bluey.

ABC comedy The Letdown won two of the biggest gongs at the 2019 AACTA Awards ceremony on Wednesday night, for Best Comedy Program and Best Performance in a Television Comedy for Alison Bell.

Michael Carrington, ABC Director of Entertainment & Specialist, said: “Total Control has proven that people want to see Indigenous-led talent, craft and creativity in prime time, showcasing the depth and diversity of Australian stories and landscapes, from the Top End to the political centre in Canberra.

“Congratulations to all the AACTA Award-winning ABC programs and partners. Making audiences laugh, cry and think about the world around them is what we do, bringing the best of Australia to Australians every day.”

The ABC led the way for free-to-air broadcasters by winning 11 AACTA Awards in total, honouring the nation’s best screen talent, craft and technical achievement.

THE ABC OF AACTA AWARDS

Best Drama Series: Total Control (Blackfella Films)

Best Comedy Program: The Letdown (Giant Dwarf)

Best Factual Entertainment Program: You Can’t Ask That (ABC)

Best Documentary: The Australian Dream

Best Documentary or Factual Program: Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds (Endemol Shine Australia)

Best Children’s Program: Bluey (Ludo Studio)

Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama: Deborah Mailman (Total Control)

Best Performance in a Television Comedy: Alison Bell (The Letdown)

Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama: Rachel Griffiths (Total Control)

Best Editing in Television: The Cry – Episode 2 (Synchronicity Films in association with December Media)

Best Cinematography in a Documentary: Magical Land of Oz – Episode 1: Oceans (Northern Pictures)

The full list of 2019 AACTA Awards winners and nominees is here.

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For more information:
Peter Munro, ABC Communications Lead, Entertainment & Specialist
munro.peter@abc.net.au

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