Julian Shaw Wins British Film Institute Award

April 2009
Julian Shaw

Master of Film and Digital Image candidate, Julian Shaw was announced as the winner of a British Film Institute award for his film Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story, during the BFI London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The award is the inaugural BFI Derek Oyston, Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) prize. Shaw will receive a cheque for £2000 (approximately $4000 Australian dollars) to go towards his next project All Blacks Don’t Cry, a drama about the famed rugby player John Kirwan and his battle with depression.

Shaw began work on Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story at the age of 16. Darling! has gone on to win Shaw the prestigious Inside Film Independent Spirit Award locally, but the breakout documentary has proved equally popular overseas. The feature documentary was released theatrically in South Africa, screened on US free-to-air television and premiered at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival, where it was placed as runner-up in the Panorama Audience Awards, voted on by some 20,000 movie goers.

“I have just followed my heart since leaving school and done my own thing, but now that I’m a part of Sydney University I couldn’t be more excited about creating my future projects in this environment", says Shaw.

Image: Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story