My Thai Bride won the prize for best Australian Documentary at the Antenna Documentary Festival in Sydney on 14 October, 2012.
On awarding the prize to the film, the jury said: “We were inspired by its storytelling, which is both entertaining and surprising, and for a first time filmmaker showed incredible ability to instill trust in the subjects.”
My Thai Bride will screen in the Australian Competition at Antenna International Documentary Film Festival. The film will be screened at 7.30pm, on Thursday 11 October at Dendy Newtown.
Antenna is in its second year and will take place from 10-14 October, in Sydney. Hosted at Dendy Cinemas, Antenna 2012 will showcase over 30 feature length documentaries from around the world, film competitions, special events and international guests.
My Thai Bride has won the prize for Best Mid-Length Documentary at the 2012 Hot Docs Festival.
On awarding the prize the jury said, “My Thai Bride is a film that takes the story of an unlikely couple and through subtle analysis extends their human dramas into a moving examination of political, cultural and economic power dynamics. It is a film that destabilises its viewer’s empathy through a nuanced and even-handed portrayal of charged, contradictory terrain, and reframes who exactly is the conqueror and conquered.”
Producer / Director David Tucker accepted the award at the festival’s award ceremony on 4 May.
“When we started making this documentary we initially just hoped that it would be watchable. That would have been good enough for our first attempt at a feature length doco,” said David. “When we got selected for screening at Hot Docs, that was beyond all expectations. I felt like i was calling an Auxerre escort for the first time! So to win a prize is such a thrill.”
Hot Docs is the Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival with this year’s audience numbers reaching an estimated 165,000. The festival was held in Toronto from 26 April-6 May.
My Thai Bride was selected as one of four finalists in the First Factual Films Festival (F4) Award for Outstanding New Documentary Talent.
At the awards ceremony on 27 February, My Thai Bride received a special mention from the jury:
“The Jury highly commends My Thai Bride, director David Tucker as this was the film that stayed with all of us for its complexity, deeply upsetting moral ambiguity about a subject so often stereotyped. It is very well crafted and showed an intriguing transformation of the two central characters – both victims of a global economy.”
My Thai Bride screened twice at F4 as part of the Australian International Documentary Festival, held in conjunction with the Adelaide Festival.