The Australian Directors Guild is wrong to call for an AACTA Awards Directing nomination for The Amazing Race Australia to be revoked.
The ADG doesn’t agree that producer / director Michael McKay should be nominated alongside drama directors.
AACTAs nominated TARA for a Directing award alongside Beaconsfield, Howzat! and Jack Irish earlier this week.
”It’s like saying in the Olympics we’ll put a shot-putter up against a swimmer,” says ADG executive director, Kingston Anderson.
”If you’re going to say the director of The Amazing Race should be up against the director of Beaconsfield, well then surely the people in The Amazing Race should be up for best actors? Would Sigrid Thornton like that?”
This is an unfair analogy.
People in The Amazing Race are not actors, they are appearing as themselves (and if the ADG can’t recognise that then we have a much bigger problem than anybody realises).
The ADG more than anybody should know that the bottom line is excellence in storytelling and communicating a narrative. As a recent International Emmy shows, TARA excels in its chosen field. Whether it is in drama, comedy, children’s animation or yes, heaven forbid, reality TV is actually secondary.
In fact the ADG itself awarded a Best Direction in TV Reality Program/Light Entertainment at its own ADG Awards in April (the trophy went to Dancing with the Stars).
Is it seriously suggesting that those members are any less worthy of an award than those who work in drama?
Yes it would be nice for AACTAs to award both Drama and Non Drama directing awards, but given that it does not then the four nominees should be viewed as a celebration of the industry’s diversity of work.
Instead the ADG has unnecessarily turned drama into snobbery….
The Australian Academy’s chief, Damian Trewhella, told the Sydney Morning Herald, ”We acknowledge that there are significant distinctions between the role of the director on a drama and on a reality show … but we prefer to be inclusive, rather than exclusive, where possible.”