Image: Lottie Lyell, The Church and the Woman (1917)
Today the South Australian Film Corporation launched a new award to commemorate Lottie Lyell’s trail-blazing impact on the screen industry and provide significant financial support to a female-driven screen project.
The annual Lottie Lyell Award is for a female screen practitioner, based in South Australia, who is as innovative in our time as Lottie was in hers.
100 years after Lottie’s production company was formed in South Australia, the SAFC is seeking applications for the award named in her honour – it could be for a draft script for a feature film, or a TV series bible; it could be development materials for a documentary, or a game, it could be to finish a film, or it could be to make art of the moving image; it could be any screen based work that is bold, ambitious and full of promise.
Judging submissions and deciding the inaugural winner in 2018 will be SAFC Chief Executive Courtney Gibson and Adelaide Film Festival CEO/Artistic Director Amanda Duthie, joined by acclaimed filmmaker Gillian Armstrong who, like Lottie, was a trailblazer in South Australia.
The recipient of the inaugural Lottie Lyell Award will be announced during the Adelaide Film Festival, 10- 21 October, 2018.
A portrait of Lottie Lyell features in Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits opening at Adelaide’s Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art next month, presented as part of the Adelaide Film Festival. The collaborative project between the NFSA and the National Portrait Gallery reveals never-before-seen stories of Australian cinema.