Kiwi Jean Batten TV biopic Jean has made a perfect landing at the 2017 New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.
Nominated in February as a finalist in nine categories, Jean has now won all nine awards, including five prestigious gold world medals for Best Actress, Best Camerawork, Best Original Music, Best TV Movie and Best Drama Special.
The production won silver world medals in the remaining four categories for which it was nominated – Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound.
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Actress Kate Elliott, who played the title role of Kiwi aviator Jean Batten in the TVNZ Sunday Theatre drama, is particularly thrilled with Jean‘s gold medal wins.
“They give gold medals and silver medals and bronze medals out,” she explains. “To get a gold you need to get a perfect score from all of the judges, so golds are pretty few and far between – we’re really lucky to get a few of them.”
Elliott’s own best actress gold medal was one of only two awarded at the Las Vegas-held ceremony on April 25. With the New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards considering hundreds of productions from countries all around the world each year, it’s an impressive feat.
“It’s pretty rad,” says Elliott, who didn’t attend the ceremony. “I get a good shiny gold medal in the post to put on the mantelpiece.”
The New York Award’s VP & Executive Director Rose Anderson was slightly more effusive in her praise, describing the number of gold and silver world medals Jean won as “a wonderful achievement”.
“Jean received multiple perfect scores from our grand jury members,” says Anderson.”The stellar results were across all categories and here at New York Festivals we are honoured to recognise such a wonderful programme.”
Other New Zealand television productions to be recognised at this year’s New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards include the Nat Geo documentary The Desert Sea: Land Of The Giants, which won a gold world medal; the Bryan Bruce-fronted doco World Class: Inside New Zealand education, which won silver; and Gloriavale – A Woman’s Place, The Brokenwood Mysteries (series three) and Choice TV’s Heritage Rescue, all of which were awarded finalist certificates.