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'Kenny' tops Australia's IF Awards

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SYDNEY -- The mockumentary "Kenny," a local boxoffice champion, dominated Australia's peoples choice film nods, the IF Awards, handed out at Friday on Queensland Gold Coast.

"Kenny," a scatological comedy about the trials and tribulations of a portable toilet supplier, garnered four awards, including best feature, outstanding boxoffice achievement, best script and best sound. It narrowly edged out thriller "Suburban Mayhem" and indigenous-language feature "Ten Canoes," both of which earned three awards.

Key creatives on "Ten Canoes," Australia's Oscar entry for best foreign-language film, took home awards including best direction (Rolf De Heer and Peter Djigirr), best actor (Crusoe Kurdal) and best cinematography (Ian Jones).

Adding to the success of indigenous-themed films was "Kanyini," a documentary by Melanie Hogan and aboriginal leader Bob Randall, which picked up the award for best documentary as well as the Independent Spirit Award.

"Suburban Mayhem" won for best music and best editing, while lead Emily Barclay picked up her first award for best actress.

Other winners of special awards included Julius Avery's "End of Town," for the best unproduced screenplay; director Peter Templeman, for the Rising Talent Award; and producer Jan Chapman, who won the Living Legend Award.

The IF Awards, instituted by Inside Film magazine, took place at the close of the three-day Screen Producers Association of Australia confab. Ahead of Friday's awards ceremony, production company April Films, headed by Garry Charny and Philippa Bateman, was named the SPAA independent producer of the year for bringing Ray Lawrence's "Jindabyne" to the screen.