At the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, Australia's most prestigious screen honours, WHITELEY was nominated for Best Feature Documentary (Sue Clothier, Peta Ayers, James Bogle), and won Best Direction in a Documentary (James Bogle), Best Editing in a Documentary (Lawrie Silvestrin), Best Sound Design in a Documentary (Lawrie Silvestrin, Ric Curtin & John Simpson). Ash Gibson Grieg won the AACTA for Best Original Music Score in a Documentary, and also the recent APRA-AMCOS Screen Music Award for Best Music for a Documentary. This recognition of the film’s high standards of production and documentary storytelling demonstrates its value as a tool in achieving our Impact vision: “Introduce new audiences and generations to the trailblazing career of Australia’s international art superstar, Brett Whiteley”; and “Inspire in audiences a passion for Australian art as something you can make, experience, collect and enjoy”.

The WHITELEY team acknowledges our fellow nominees; we are honoured to be included in a cohort of this calibre. 


A moment of award-winning jubilation for editor, Lawrie Silvestrin, and director, James Bogle. Photo by Whiteley's impact producer, Felicity Blake.

A moment of award-winning jubilation for editor, Lawrie Silvestrin, and director, James Bogle. Photo by Whiteley's impact producer, Felicity Blake.



WHITELEY, a visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists, Brett Whiteley, has received first-time AACTA Award nominations for producers Sue Clothier, Peta Ayers and director James Bogle. The AACTAs are Australia's most prestigious film awards. WHITELEY has so far been nominated in the 'Best Feature-Length documentary' category, and is also eligible for various 'craft' awards (such as editing and music). Nominations in these categories are yet to be announced. 

The winners for this year’s AACTA Awards will be announced across two major events at The Star Event Centre in Sydney:

  • The 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel | Industry Luncheon on Monday 4 December 2017.
  • The 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel | Ceremony & Official After Party on Wednesday 6 December 2017, and televised on Channel 7 with an encore screening on Foxtel.

Tickets will go on sale for both events in early October.


Following its critically-acclaimed season in Australian cinemas, from August 2017 WHITELEY will be available for on-demand cinema screenings in your community. 

Visit Fan Force's WHITELEY page to find out how you can organise a screening in your local area! It's pretty simple: you contact them and let them know which cinema you'd like to screen the documentary in. Then they set it all up and leave you to get the word out about the screening. A screening doesn’t go ahead unless enough people buy tickets by the deadline, so there’s no financial risk for anyone involved. Not the best at marketing? No worries! They'll help you out on the promotion side. You even get a cut of the profits! FanForce is ideal for everyone who loves film – whether you’re a cinema owner, a film buff, someone in the Arts community (like a gallery owner of 'friends of the gallery' member), an educator, or if you just really love Brett Whiteley. Check out Fan Force here


Queenslanders have an exciting opportunity for a sneak-preview of WHITELEY at the Gold Coast Film Festival in the days surrounding the ANZAC Day holiday. WHITELEY will screen at Event Cinemas Robina on Sunday 23 April at 1:00pm, and at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on Wednesday 26 April at 10:00am.  

Tickets are available at this link.

Whiteley will screen at the Gold Coast Film Festival

Whiteley will screen at the Gold Coast Film Festival




At Sydney's Brett Whiteley Studio, visitors can enjoy exhibitions of Brett's artwork, and visit the area upstairs where his workspace is preserved as a museum. Among the many interesting personal effects is Brett's collection of CDs and LPs from the late '80s and early '90s. A Spotify member has made a playlist of these albums that you can stream for free online. Enjoy the music and see what creative endeavours it inspires! 

Brett's CDs


Upcoming Screenings

In April 2017, WHITELEY will have special pre-release screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane as part of the Young At Heart film festival. Visit the Young At Heart site for cinema details and tickets!