Lynette Wallworth awarded the inaugural Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award
Lynnette Wallworth, the internationally renowned Sydney based filmmaker and artist, has been awarded the inaugural Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award.
The award was presented at the Closing Night of the Sydney Film Festival.
The $10,000 prize will be awarded annually by Screen NSW to an outstanding NSW-based screen practitioner whose work stands for innovation, imagination and impact. In addition to the cash prize, Lynette will be one of the first NSW-based practitioners to take a desk at ‘Charlie’s’, a new hub for the Australian film-making community in Los Angeles, opened by Australians in Film, in partnership with Screen NSW, AFTRS and Screen Queensland. ‘Charlie’s’ offers a unique creative workspace in Charlie Chaplin’s former apartment at the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, for Australian screen practitioners to conduct business, collaborate and network.
Lynette was the first artist ever selected for the Sundance Institute New Frontier/Jaunt VR Residency Program. Her most recent work is a stunning virtual reality film, Collisions, which tells the story of an atomic test in outback South Australia in the 1950's. The work premiered in front of world leaders at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, in January this year and has since been presented at the Climate Action Summit in Washington DC and last week at the UN in Vienna, where it was shown to signatories of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty in a bid to encourage ratification of the Treaty. Lynette returned from Vienna to receive her Award.
“Lynette Wallworth’s pioneering work in immersive experiences and virtual reality is unequalled. She is an internationally renowned visionary, a prolific artist who showcases the stories and challenges, passions and pain of some of the world’s most vulnerable yet inspiring communities both here and internationally,” said Courtney Gibson, CEO of Screen NSW.
“It's a fantastically affirming sensation to receive this award in my home town, Sydney. I am especially grateful to be chosen for an award that recognises both innovation and impact. I hope to continue to make a global impact with my work and feel humbled and happy to be given this honour by Screen NSW,” said Lynette Wallworth.
Screen NSW is supporting Lynette to develop a new VR work which will be shot in the Amazon later this year and see Collisions evolve into a series.
Lynette Wallworth also received the inaugural AFTRS Creative Fellow in 2010 for her project Coral:Rekindling Venus
Read our interview with Lynette Wallworth: http://goo.gl/9d0jxl
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Tracey Mair, TM Publicity, for Screen NSW l Ph: 02 8333 9066 or 0419 221 493