Bryan Brown, one of Australia’s most admired and respected actors, was today announced at this year’s recipient of the Australian Academy’s most prestigious award – the Longford Lyell Award.
The Award will be presented to Bryan at the 2018 AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel on Wednesday 5 December at The Star Event Centre in Sydney, and telecast at 8:30pm on Channel 7. Limited tickets are still available, so purchase yours today and join the country’s biggest stars for Australia’s film and television night-of-nights!
“It’s an honour – thank you to the Academy,” said Bryan Brown. “I’m an Australian telling Australian stories and I love it.”
First presented in 1968, the Longford Lyell Award honours Australian film pioneer Raymond Longford and his partner in filmmaking and life, Lottie Lyell. The Award is the highest honour AACTA can bestow upon an individual and recognises a person who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia’s screen environment and culture.
“In the 38 years since Bryan received his first AFI Award, we have seen him firmly established as one of Australia’s most respected actors and, as one of our earliest performance winners, it is fitting that we honour Bryan this year as AFI | AACTA celebrates its 60th Anniversary,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella. “We are full of admiration for Bryan’s commitment to his craft, his role as a mentor to so many performers over the years and as an ambassador for the Australian screen industry. On behalf of AFI | AACTA, it is a pleasure to honour Bryan alongside so many of Australia’s great men and women of screen, and we look forward to seeing him honoured at the 2018 AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel next Wednesday.”
Brown first debuted on screen in 1975 as a policeman in SCOBIE MALONE, delivering just two lines. Just five years later in 1980, Brown became the first male actor to be nominated for both Best Lead and Best Supporting Actor in the same year, for STIR and BREAKER MORANT respectively. Brown’s performance in BREAKER MORANT as Lt. Peter Handcock not only won him his first AFI Award, but garnered him international attention.
During the next decade, Brown found huge success in the US, receiving Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy nominations for his role as rogue stockman Luke O’Neil in THE THORNBIRDS (1983). He also starred in mini series A TOWN LIKE ALICE (1981); Paul McCartney’s Golden Globe nominated GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROAD STREET (1984); Golden Globe nominated rom-com COCKTAIL (1988) opposite Tom Cruise; Oscar®, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning drama GORILLAS IN THE MIST (1988) opposite Sigourney Weaver; and the popular Australian television film THE SHIRALEE (1987) opposite Noni Hazlehurst.
Brown has received five more AFI Award nominations, winning his second AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1999 for his role as gangster Pando in TWO HANDS opposite Heath Ledger and Rose Byrne.
Brown’s career spans over four decades with over 91 film and television credits including 15 AFI and AACTA Award-winning productions and two of the top 50 films of all time at the Australian box office. Notable credits include: action hero Roland ‘Rollie’ Tyler in F/X (1986) and its sequel F/X2 (1991); the unforgettable Leland Van Lew in rom-com ALONG CAME POLLY (2004) alongside Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston; mini series 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1997) alongside Michael Caine and Patrick Dempsey; and Warwick Thornton’s SWEET COUNTRY, which is nominated for ten AACTA Awards this year.
He also appears in the up-coming ground-breaking Stan Original Series BLOOM, alongside fellow Longford Lyell Award recipient Jacki Weaver and Phoebe Tonkin, as well as Rachel Ward directed feature PALM BEACH, starring alongside Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi and Richard E. Grant.