Media Release: Thursday December 7, 2017

Foxtel’s hit programs win at last night’s
AACTA Awards
Encore screenings of the 7th AACTA Awards Presented by Foxtel at 10:30pm AEDT Friday December 8 on Foxtel Movies Masterpiece, 8:30pm AEDT Sunday December 10 on Foxtel Arts and available anytime On Demand.

Stars of the big and small screen came together last night to celebrate Australia’s top screen achievements at the 7th AACTA Awards Ceremony, with Foxtel securing a total of 11 awards honouring some of the finest local productions from the past year.

Foxtel’s critically-acclaimed event series, TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL (BBC First) swept the television category with four awards, including Best Television Drama Series, Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama for Elisabeth Moss, Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama for Ewen Leslie, and Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama for Nicole Kidman.

Top-rating renovation series SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA (Lifestyle) was also honoured, taking out the highly contested award for Best Lifestyle Television Program.

Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, said: “This year’s AACTA Awards have been a terrific and a fitting celebration honouring outstanding achievements in Australian film and television. At Foxtel we are very proud that our ongoing commitment to producing a broad range of Australian content for our customers is recognised by the vibrant Australian industry.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our nominees and winners, particularly our producing partners at BBC First and See-Saw Films for the extraordinary success of Top of the Lake: China Girl,” he said.

Other programs to enjoy the accolades across Foxtel’s drama, lifestyle, sports and news platforms were:

· Best Production Design in Television – Fiona Donovan, A PLACE TO CALL HOME (showcase)
Best Visual Effects or Animation – GAME OF THRONES (showcase)
Subscription Television Award for Best Female Presenter – Margaret Pomeranz (Foxtel Arts)
Subscription Television Award for Best Male Presenter – David Speers (Sky NEWS)
Subscription Television Award for Best Live Event Production – JEFF HORN V MANNY PACQUIAO (FOX SPORTS)
Subscription Television Award for Best New Talent – Zahra Newman, WENTWORTH (showcase)

For further information on the 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel and to view the full list of winners, go to