Bryan Brown received the Longford Lyell Award last night

Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward arrive at the AACTA Awards

Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward arrive at the AACTA Awards

Veteran actor and Utungun resident Bryan Brown was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 8th annual AACTA Awards last night (Wednesday) in Sydney.

Bryan and wife, Rachel Ward, walked the red carpet along with other stars including leading lady Nicole Kidman and AACTA awards nominee Simon Baker before the 60th anniversary of the Australian Film Institutes’ official award ceremony.

Bryan received the Longford Lyell Award to mark his incredible contribution to the Australian film industry over his lifetime.

I’m an Australian telling Australian stories and I love it

Actor Bryan Brown

His remarkable body of work includes Breaker Morant, The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith, Newsfront, Two Hands, A Town Like Alice, The Thorn Birds and Deadline Gallipoli.

First presented in 1968, the Longford Lyell Award honours Australian film pioneer Raymond Longford and his partner in filmmaking and life, Lottie Lyell.

The Award is the highest honour that the Australian Academy can bestow upon an individual and recognises a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia’s screen environment and culture.

Bryan is quoted as saying: “I’m an Australian telling Australian stories and I love it.”

The event celebrated the best of a record 38 homegrown films as well as TV shows, produced in 2018.

Some of the other winners:

AACTA Award for Best Film 

WINNER: Sweet Country

AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor

WINNER: Hamilton Morris, Sweet Country

AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress

WINNER: Angourie Rice, Ladies In Black

AACTA Award for Best Cinematography

WINNER: Sweet Country, Warwick Thornton

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