Camden producer thrilled with Danger Close AACTA nominations

Nominated: Luke Bracey and Alexander England star in Danger Close, which has been nominated for three AACTA awards. Picture: Jasin Boland
Nominated: Luke Bracey and Alexander England star in Danger Close, which has been nominated for three AACTA awards. Picture: Jasin Boland

One of the producers behind Aussie war drama Danger Close: the Battle of Long Tan is thrilled the movie has been nominated for three gongs at Australia's biggest film awards.

Michael Schwarz, who grew up with his family (well-known for their Schwarz family medical practice) in Camden, told the Advertiser it was "very exciting" to receive recognition from the AACTA Awards.

Danger Close was nominated in three categories: best cinematography (Ben Nott), best sound (Liam Egan) and best original score (Caitlin Yeo).

"You work really hard to bring together the most talented people and there was definitely a feeling we had the right team for this film," Mr Schwarz said.

"I'm very proud of Ben, Caitlin and Liam for their nominations.

"I actually had very little surprise when I saw the nominations - you think about these things when you're making a film and with these three artists there was never any doubt that they would get recognition for their work."

The AACTA awards are voted on by members of the Australian film industry and represent the best of the best in Aussie filmmaking from the past year.

Danger Close is up against real-life terrorist drama Hotel Mumbai in all three categories.

Netflix historical drama The King (which will be released in November) and horror film The Nightingale are the other contenders in the cinematography and sound categories.

Dramedy Judy and Punch and Michelle Payne biopic Ride Like a Girl round out the original score nominations.

Mr Schwarz said it was easy to see why the Danger Close artists were nominated.

"Ben Nott wanted to bring something really different to the cinematography for a war film, and he made some camera moves that you don't normally see in this movies," he said.

"He made it easy to follow what was happening in every moment, in some very chaotic situations.

"Caitlin Yeo brought a femininity to the score that our director Kriv Stenders really wanted, because we have an all-male cast.

"She brought in these beautiful choral sounds that just elevate the film, and it really made the soldiers feel like boys and not men in this situation.

"Liam did such amazing work, he is a genius. I was in the mixing studio while he was working and the film without him would not be as good.

"War films live and die by their sound design, and the level of detail he managed to bring really adds to the film."

Mr Schwarz said he and Mr Stenders hoped to support their nominees in person at the awards on December 4.

Danger Close has also been nominated for a SPA (Screen Producers Australia) award in the feature film of the year category.

The film will be released on digital, DVD and Blu-ray on December 4.