Arts Gala 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021

In 2021, G’Day USA and the American Australian Association will join forces to present the G’Day USA AAA Arts Gala – a virtual gala that will recognize and celebrate the diverse contributions made by Australians in advancing and strengthening the friendship between our two great countries through the arts. The event will provide a unique and intimate platform to cultivate this community by bringing together notable Americans and Australians to celebrate the exceptional contribution to the arts made by the 2021 Honorees. The Gala will deliver a number of high-profile performances, presenters, a star-studded virtual red-carpet and be broadcast across the United States and Australia. For the first time, this event will not be limited by venue capacity and aims to welcome all those around the world who have been unable to attend in person in the past.

Registration automatically enters guests for a chance to win a guitar signed by Grammy-award winning country music singer, songwriter and guitarist Keith Urban. Click here for more details.

Through the Arts Gala, we strive to foster a dynamic, supportive community that transcends international barriers for generations to come. Funds raised from the event support the American Australian Association and its Arts Fund. For sponsorship inquiries please contact [email protected].

2021 Honorees

Cate Blanchett

Lifetime Achievement Award

Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed actor, producer, artistic director, humanitarian and dedicated member of the arts community. She is the co-Founder and Principal of film and television production company Dirty Films, alongside her partners Andrew Upton and Coco Francini. Most recently, Dirty Films executive produced Christos Nikou’s “Apples” which has been named one of the year’s best International Films by the National Board of Review. Dirty Films most recently produced the highly acclaimed Mrs. America for FX and Hulu, as well as the Netflix limited series STATELESS, which received a record breaking 18 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) nominations, winning 13. Dirty Films has a first look deal with FX Productions for television projects, and with New Republic Pictures for feature films.

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Liane Moriarty

Excellence in Literature

Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of eight internationally bestselling novels, Three WishesThe Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the number one New York Times bestsellers The Husband’s SecretBig Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty and most recently Nine Perfect Strangers. Her books have sold over fifteen million copies worldwide, including three million in Australia and New Zealand.

Screen rights have been sold to all of Liane Moriarty‘s novels. A TV series is in development for Three Wishes, Nicole Kidman has bought the rights to The Last Anniversary, film rights to What Alice Forgot have been pre-empted by Sony TriStar with Jennifer Aniston starring as Alice and Heather Graham will star in an adaptation of The Hypnotist’s Love Story.

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Aaron Pedersen

Excellence in Television

Aaron Pedersen started his acting career in 1994 where he starred in the television miniseries Heartland. He then proceeded to star in television series Wildside in 1997 and Water Rats for two seasons from 1999. He went on to have roles in MDA and the multi award winning series Secret Life of Us. The SBS drama The Circuit, where Aaron played an Indigenous lawyer, was produced and shot in Broome WA and then Aaron went on to star in City Homicide. Jack Irish was his next television series where he worked alongside Guy Pearce.

In 2013 Aaron was cast in the lead role for the feature film Mystery Road playing Detective Jay Swan. Due to the success of Mystery Road the sequel Goldstone was produced in 2016. Aaron’s performance in both films saw him nominated for an Asia Pacific Screen Award in the Best Actor category and also won him an Australian Film Critics Association in the Best Actor category. Aaron’s other feature films include Killing Ground and 1%.

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