ABC drama Stateless has dominated this year’s AACTA Awards by scoring 13 of the nation’s top screen prizes, leading the way for the public broadcaster’s wins for best television miniseries, drama, documentary, comedy entertainment and children’s programs.
The powerful six-part series, produced by Matchbox Pictures and Dirty Films for the ABC, scooped the pool across multiple AACTA Award television categories, including Best Telefeature or Miniseries, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Direction and all four acting awards for television drama.
The ABC won 19 AACTA Awards in total – more than any other broadcaster – including for Indigenous drama Mystery Road (Best Drama Series), Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra (Best Documentary), Bluey (Best Children’s Program), Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (Best Comedy Entertainment Program), Australia’s Ocean Odyssey: A Journey Down The East Australian Current (Best Cinematography in a Documentary) and Maralinga Tjarutja (Best Direction in Nonfiction Television).
Michael Carrington, ABC Director of Entertainment & Specialist, said Stateless set the standard for outstanding Australian content in a challenging year for the industry. “Stateless didn’t pull any punches in its depiction of life inside an Australian immigration detention centre and I am ecstatic to see such brave and compelling storytelling celebrated on the national stage.
“The ABC is the creative voice of Australia, investing in more homegrown drama than any other broadcaster*. Programs such as Mystery Road, Bluey and Mad As Hell exemplify the wonderful diversity of this country, showcasing Australian faces, stories, humour and landscapes. Congratulations to all our award-winning programs, people and partners for delivering such unashamedly Australian content to audiences every day.”
The award wins come after the release of OzTam ratings figures showing the ABC gained more audience share in 2020 than any other broadcaster – up 1.8% to 18.4% of viewers. The ABC climbed onto the podium as the nation’s No 3 network and channel.
The full list of AACTA Award winners is available here.
*The ABC finances more Australian drama, across ABC TV and ABC iview, than any other TV network, according to the Screen Australia Drama Report 2019-20.