On the 23rd of November at the Virgin Ball at Parliament House, Geoffrey Rush will present American producer Harvey Weinstein with the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Fellowship to honour his contribution to Australian cinema.
A whole pile of important people will be in attendance including Jack Thompson, Sam Neil, Guy Pearce and Barry Otto, and you can be in attendance too, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Tickets are available through: http://www.bodyofwork.org.au/
Weinstein, who needs little introduction to those in the screen industry, is best known as co?founder of Miramax Films. He and his brother Bob have been co?chairmen of The Weinstein Company, their film production company, since 2005.
AACTA President, Geoffrey Rush said, “Harvey is a fearless and inspired champion of screen story who during his tenure at Miramax and now The Weinstein Company has produced a staggering 271 films – 75 of which have won Academy Awards. I worked with Harvey on Shakespeare in Love and more recently on The King’s Speech and I look forward to honouring him later this month at the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Fellowship ceremony.”
Weinstein has been recognised for his service and contributions to the film and television across the globe. In 2004 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for contributions to the British film industry and in 2012 he was named a Knight in the Legion d’Honneur in recognition of his efforts to increase the presence and popularity of foreign films in the United States.
AACTA CEO, Damian Trewhella said, “I am delighted that Harvey Weinstein’s contribution to film?making in general and Australian cinema in particular, will be acknowledged this month in Australia. The International Fellowship is the highest honour the Australian Academy can bestow on an international screen colleague and Harvey is a most deserving recipient. “
Australian screen productions and co-productions including Rogue, The Quiet American, The Piano, Holy Smoke and most recently The Sapphires have all benefited from Weinstein’s wisdom and investment which has repeatedly proven instrumental to the success of performers and productions in North America.