Winners in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards are determined by an International Jury of renowned filmmakers. The Jury meets ahead of the Awards Ceremony to watch the nominated films and deliberate on the winners.
JURY PRESIDENT, BRUCE BERESFORD — AUSTRALIA
Bruce Beresford is one of Australia’s most celebrated film directors. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1980 for the script of Breaker Morant and in 1982 for direction of Tender Mercies. His film Driving Miss Daisy won four Academy Awards including the award for Best Picture in 1989.
Bruce Beresford’s early Australian films include Don’s Party, The Getting of Wisdom, The Club and Puberty Blues as well as the internationally acclaimed Breaker Morant. Bruce’s many other film credits include Crimes of the Heart, Black Robe, Mister Johnson, Double Jeopardy and Paradise Road and he has won three Australian Film Institute Awards and been nominated for several others.
Bruce has also directed several operas and recently published a memoir Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants To Do This…True Stories From a Life in the Screen Trade. Bruce is currently in post-production on his latest film Mao’s Last Dancer, based on the international best-selling book of the same name and filmed earlier this year in China, Australia and the USA.
APARNA SEN— INDIA
Aparna Sen made her debut as an actress in 1961 in Satyajit Ray’s Two Daughters. She has since acted in the films of several noted film directors including Mrinal Sen, James Ivory, Tapan Sinha and Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Aparna’s directorial debut, 36 Chowringhee Lane, won the Grand Prix (The Golden Eagle) at the Manila International Film Festival and Aparna received India’s National Award for Best Direction for the same film. Mr and Mrs Iyer written and directed by Aparna had its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival and has won several major international awards including the Grand Prix for Best Feature Film at the Hawaii and Las Palmas Film Festivals. It has also won the National Awards in India for Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Actress in the year 2003.
Aparna has just finished her latest film production, The Japanese Wife which she wrote the screenplay for and directed. Retrospectives of Aparna’s films have been held in London, Munich and at Nandan in Kolkata. Aparna has served on several international film juries including the International Film Festival of India, Moscow and Hawaii. The President of India honoured Aparna with the prestigious Padmashree Award in 1986 in recognition of her contribution to cinema; she was awarded the Satyajit Ray Memorial Millennium for ‘Profound Contribution to Indian Cinema’ and the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cine Central Film Society. Aparna is now the Chief Creative Officer at Saregama India Ltd, responsible for commissioning Bengali films for the company.
HANNA LEE – REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Republic of Korea Hanna Lee studied Mass Communication at Sogang University (Seoul, Republic of Korea) and received an MA in Cinema Studies at New York University. On her return to Korea, she worked as Festival Coordinator at the 1st Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and then as a correspondent for Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. She also worked at the Korean Film Commission and was coordinator for the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. Hanna moved into film production and worked with critically acclaimed filmmaker Hong Sangsoo as Producer for Turning Gate (2002) and Woman Is The Future Of Man. Her most recent feature film as
Producer was Lee Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine which received the award for Best Actress at the 2007 Cannes International Film Festival and Best Feature Film and Best Performance by an Actress at the 2007 inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Hanna was inducted as an inaugural member of The Academy of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2008. Hanna has also produced Korean-Canadian filmmaker Helen Lee’s short film, Hers At Last, as part of an omnibus project showcased as the opening film, Ten Ten, at the 2008 Women’s Film Festival in Seoul.
RICHARD ROTHSCHILD – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Richard Luke Rothschild has worked in several production capacities with such directors as Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Crimes of the Heart), Christopher Guest (The Big Picture), Peter Weir (The Truman Show), Joe Johnston (Hidalgo), and Robert Zemeckis (Used Cars) among others. Born in New York City, he was educated in Florida, at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and graduated from Vassar College before taking a job in commercial production at N. Lee Lacy & Associates in New York City. From there he moved into film and television in Los Angeles.
His television credits include producing Hawaiian Honeymoon, Hitler’s Daughter, Fire and Rain, and co-producing the pilot for Brothers and Sisters, as well as the controversial miniseries Path to 9/11. His film work includes co-producing Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion and The Truman Show, as well as producing Urban Legends: Final Cut, Double Jeopardy, The Scorpion King and The Game Plan.
ZHENG DONGTIAN – PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Zheng Dongtian is a Film Director, Professor of the Beijing Film Academy and a Member of the China Film Directors Association. His nine films, made between 1977 and 2004, have been selected for international film festivals and received awards both in China and overseas. They include Tai Wan Wang Shi (Bittersweet inTaiwan), winner of the Best Picture and Best Director Awards at the 10th China Film Huabiao Awards and nominated in 2004 for five China Film Golden Rooster Awards. Zheng Dongtian was named Best Director at the 11th Beijing Student Film Festival and the film won First Prize at Shanghai Critic of Film Awards 2004. Zheng Peimin (A Public Servant) was named Best Picture at the 11th China Film Huabiao Awards.
Zheng Dongtian’s other films are Huo Wa (Fire Child), Xiang Dao (The Guide), Lin Ju (Neighbours), Yuanyang Lou (Young Couple), Ren Zhi Chu (The Beginning of Life), Gu Yuan Qiu Se (Autumn in the Nativeland) and Liu Tianhua. Zheng Dongtian has taught at the Beijing Film Academy since 1976, has been engaged in film theory and critique since 1980, and has served on several international film juries including the International Electronic Cinema Festival at Tokyo, Shanghai International Film Festival and Fajr International Film Festival.