Gooseberry Hill producer up for award in Australia’s answer to the Oscars

Emerging producer Brooke Silcox of Gooseberry Hill (Producer of Judas Collar) seen here with Bobo (6). Photo: David Baylis
Emerging producer Brooke Silcox of Gooseberry Hill (Producer of Judas Collar) seen here with Bobo (6). Photo: David Baylis

A GOOSEBERRY Hill producer is up for a nomination in the AACTA Awards – Australia’s answer to the Oscars – for her role in producing the film Judas Collar.

The film, which follows the tragic story of a wild camel in the Australian outback who is captured and fitted with a tracking device known as a Judas Collar, has been nominated for Best Short Fiction Film.

It had its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival earlier this year.

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards recognise film, television and documentary screen craft excellence.

“I left my job as a lawyer almost two years ago and in this time for the first short film I produced to be nominated for the highest accolade in Australia is overwhelming, exciting and encouraging,” Brooke Silcox said.

“The shoot was incredibly difficult and to get this nomination puts all of that hard work for everyone involved in perspective.

“To go from the heat of Cue, Mount Magnet and Sandstone with eight camels (Sonic, Snowy, Buddha, Ebony, Wasim, Petra, Zara, Claudia) in November last year to Sydney for the AACTA Awards this year is a feat.

“The entire crew should be so proud of themselves in particular the incredible writer/director Alison James for her vision.

“And to be nominated alongside national and international award winning films like Tom Noakes’ Nursery Rhymes, Charles Williams’ Palm D’Or winning All These Creatures and Renee Petropoulos’ Tangles and Knots is testament to how strong the story and production are.”

The nominees will be screening in August at a new event titled AACTA Shorts Fest.