The milestone tenth Antenna Awards were held on September 18 and South Australian program makers came away with seven wins, including two technical awards and five creative awards, including the big one, the Program of the Year award!
The first SA winner, for Best Sports Program, was Spacequake Sports. The Spacequake team produce numerous local sports for C44, from rugby, to ice hockey, netball and softball. Off the Couch with Ethan came away victorious in the Best Outdoor Recreational Program category. Off the Couch with Ethan follows host Ethan White on his many adventures, encouraging young people to get off the couch and experience the spectacular places Australia has to offer. Watch it on CTV+ here.
The winner of the Outstanding Direction in a Program award was Amelia Veale for Transcending the Gender Narrative, an eight-part documentary series investigating how we can transcend our current gender narratives and stereotypes. Watch it on CTV+ here.
The winner of the Outstanding Camera Work award was Rebecca Dunker for her work on Just4Me Bake Club, following host Caroline Rowe as she teaches practical ways to shop, cook and avoid food waste for one-person households.
The People’s Festival: 60 Years of Adelaide Fringe won the Outstanding Creative Achievement in a Program category, recognising the documentary proudly produced by C44 general manager Lauren Hillman and Max MacKinnon of Same River Studios in partnership with Adelaide Fringe director and CEO Heather Croall.
The winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Community award was C44 series Broadcast Radio Australia, which profiled nine community radio stations and explored the roles they play in communities across South Australia. Watch it on CTV+ here.
And the big one, the Program of the Year award, went to SA-made series Recipe For Love! The six-part series, hosted by Maria Humphreys and produced by Marion Pilowsky and Georgia Humphreys of Corner Table Productions, aimed to combat loneliness in our community by marrying two of TV audiences’ favourite genres for a dating-cooking show exclusively for the over-50s searching for love and an adventurous new chapter of their lives.
The Recipe for Love concept came out of producers Georgia Humphreys and Marion Pilowsky‘s participation in the OUT OF THE BOX initiative run by Mercury CX and C44 in July 2019, and later won funding to produce the premiere season in the ABC’s Collinswood studios. Each episode features one single enticed by dishes lovingly prepared by two dates. After dining together, our single chooses one date to progress with for a dessert date. Now the tables are turned as they cook a delicious sweet treat for their special guest and both have a chance to delve a little deeper and really get to know each other.
“Recipe For Love is a show with heart and warmth that isn’t about winning and where the audience will deeply connect with the authentic and wise people they will be watching,” said Georgia Humphreys.
The production created fifteen crew jobs and attachment opportunities for emerging SA crew in a year when employment opportunities have been scarce. Since premiering on C44 in February 2021, the format of the program has become an SA TV-industry success story with international rights sold to a US distributor!
This year’s Antenna Awards were the first remotely produced presentation, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and featured 25 categories with over 80 community TV programs nominated. The special broadcast was broadcast on C44 and C31 in Melbourne and streamed on community TV streaming service CTV+ at ctvplus.org.au.
Full List of Winners
• Best Music Program – The Hard Rock Show
• Performance in a Non-Factual Program – Kelsie Adelaide for FLUNK
• Best Non-Factual Comedy/Sketch/Art Program – The Leak
• Best Sports Program – Spacequake Sports
• Best Live and/or Outside Broadcast Program – Talking Fishing
• Best Outdoor or Recreational Program – Off the Couch with Ethan
• Best Special Interest or Lifestyle Program – Classic Restos
• Outstanding Direction in a Program – Amelia Veale for Transcending The Gender Narrative
• Outstanding Camera Work in a Program – Rebecca Dunker for Just4Me Bake Club
• Outstanding Sound in a Program – Good Afternoon Adelaide
• Outstanding Editing in a Program – Mike Palethorpe for The Cellar Door: New Zealand
• Outstanding Theme Song in a Program – Damon Smith for The Beer Pioneer
• Outstanding Technical Ingenuity During Lockdown – Lance TV Ballarat
• Best Youth Program – 1700
• Best Youth Personality – Nick Angus, Offbeat
• Outstanding Creative Achievement in a Program – The People’s Festival: 60 Years of the Adelaide Fringe
• Best Culturally and/or Linguistically Diverse Program – The NEMBC Multicultural AFL Football Panel Show
• Best Personality in a Seniors Program – Carol O’Halloran for Over 50 So What!
• Best Seniors Program – Good Evening Melbourne
• Outstanding Contribution to Community by a Program – Broadcast Radio Australia (SA)
• Best Factual, Current Affairs or Interview Program – Russian Influence
• Best Journalism in a Program – The Struggle
• Stella Young Contribution to Community TV Award – Bent TV
• Personality of the Year Award – Tavleen Singh from The Struggle and George Gayler from The Cellar Door: New Zealand
• Program of the Year – Recipe For Love