Media Release: Monday October 30, 2017

Foxtel congratulates AACTA nominees after record haul for broadcaster

Foxtel congratulates the nominees from its critically-acclaimed event series, Top of the Lake: China Girl for scoring an impressive 11 nominations for this year’s 7th AACTA Awards.

The nominations for the BBC First drama series Top of the Lake: China Girl include: Best Television Drama, Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama, for Elizabeth Moss, Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama, for David Dencik, Best Direction for Jane Campion, Best Guest or Supporting Actor, Ewan Leslie and Best Guest or Supporting Actress, Academy and Emmy Award winning actor, Nicole Kidman.

Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, said: “Foxtel and our production partners, BBC and See Saw Films, are thrilled that our principal drama commission for 2017, Top of the Lake: China Girl has been recognized across so many categories in this year’s AACTA Awards.

‘Top Of The Lake’ was the highlight of Foxtel’s drama slate for this year. To scoop some eleven nominations for one series alone and in such highly competitive categories, is a testament to the craftsmanship and extraordinary talent of the artists involved on both sides of the camera.

“Local drama just keeps going from strength to strength and we are proud to bring great Australian stories to the screen,” he said.

Further nominees include Foxtel’s critically-acclaimed drama series Wentworth (showcase), nominated for several AACTA awards including Best Television Drama Series and Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama, for Pamela Rabe.

A Place to Call Home (showcase) was also recognized, with nominations including Best Production Design in Television and Best Costume Design in Television.

Rounding out the nominations is two of the Lifestyle channel’s highest-rating series, Selling Houses Australia and Grand Designs Australia, both nominated for Best Lifestyle Television Program.

Foxtel is the Presenting Partner of the AACTA Awards, which will be held at the Star Event Centre in Sydney on December 6, 2017.

Hailed as the Australian film and television industry’s night-of-nights, the AACTA Awards celebrate and honour the greatest achievements of our screen industry throughout the year.

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