Macarthur flavour to first AACTA audience awards

The Sapphires was filmed in Campbelltown.
The Sapphires was filmed in Campbelltown.

The AACTA Awards - Australia's most prestigious film and TV awards - have got a Macarthur flavour this year.

The annual awards are increasing audience engagement with a new set of AACTA Audience Choice Awards, and several of the shortlisted programs, films and personalities have local connections.

Aussies will have the chance to vote in a number of categories designed to find viewers' favourite movies, shows and people from the past decade.

The categories are:

  • Favourite Global Star of the Decade
  • Favourite TV Contestant of the Decade
  • Favourite Comedy Performer of the Decade
  • Favourite TV Actor of the Decade
  • Favourite Australian Film of the Decade
  • Favourite Australian TV Drama of the Decade; and
  • Favourite TV Moment of the Decade

Two of the stars nominated in the short-list of the TV Actor of the decade have done significant work in the Macarthur area.

Marta Dusseldorp on the Kirkham set of A Place to Call Home. Picture: Chris Lane

Marta Dusseldorp on the Kirkham set of A Place to Call Home. Picture: Chris Lane

Marta Dusseldorp was the lead in hugely popular period drama A Place to Call Home. The titular home - in real life - is Camelot Mansion in Kirkham.

Dusseldorp filmed at the iconic location over six seasons. The series also occasionally filmed in the other Macarthur locations, including Belgenny Farm.

Aussie TV stalwart Rodger Corser is shortlisted in the same category as Dusseldorp.

Doctor Doctor star Rodger Corser regularly films in Camden. Picture: Tony Mott

Doctor Doctor star Rodger Corser regularly films in Camden. Picture: Tony Mott

He is the enormously popular star of Doctor Doctor, which is filmed at Cobbitty's Denbigh Farm.

Corser told the Advertiser in 2018 that he felt privileged to film at the historic homestead.

"It really is one of the stars of the show," he said.

"We are lucky enough to film in a couple of great rural locations including here and in Mudgee.

"The homestead is a real star, and the front yard, the dam and barn brewery are major sets on the show - I don't know what we would do without them."

Doctor Doctor itself is shortlisted for TV Show of the Decade.

Last year filming also took place in Camden and The Oaks.

Doctor Doctor is filmed at Cobbitty's Denbigh House. Picture: John Platt

Doctor Doctor is filmed at Cobbitty's Denbigh House. Picture: John Platt

Corser's co-star Ryan Johnson told the Advertiser on-set that there was something magical about Denbigh.

"It's a really special place," he said.

"The farm is astounding, it was a perfect choice for the show.

"The aesthetics of the homestead are like nothing I've ever seen before.

"The bar looks amazing, it's big and open and has lovely attention to detail.

"There is something really magic about the way the afternoon light comes in [to the homestead]."

TV programs aren't Macarthur's only connection to the AACTA Audience Choice Awards though - two movies in consideration for film of the decade were partly shot in the region.

Beloved film The Sapphires - which tells the real-life story of an inspirational group of Aboriginal performers who entertained troops during the Vietnam War, starring Jessica Mauboy, Deborah Mailman, Miranda Tapsell, Shari Sebbens and Irishman Chris O'Dowd - was shot in Campbelltown and Brownlow Hill.

Cast members stayed in Campbelltown for the shoot. The Sapphires is one of the 10 films shortlisted for Australian Film of the Decade.

Peter Rabbit - and its sequel - was partly filmed in Camden.

Peter Rabbit - and its sequel - was partly filmed in Camden.

Another shortlisted film is Peter Rabbit.

Released in 2018 - with a sequel on the way later this year, barring any further Covid delays - several scenes in the popular children's film were shot in Camden.

One pivotal scene took place on Macquarie Grove Road's bridge.

Visual effects supervisor Will Reichelt told the Advertiserthe crew shot in the area for two days.

"[Lead actor] Domnhall Gleeson was there for the one day on the Macquarie Grove Road bridge and [at Camden] Airport," Mr Reichelt said.

"The Plate (secondary) Unit spent a day doing driving shots around the surrounding streets."

Check out the full list of AACTA Audience Choice Awards nominees here.