Posted Tuesday 11 Jan 2011
At the History Makers Awards in New York on the 27th January, Gaylene Preston's feature film Home By Christmas will be in auspicious company alongside a selection of the strongest historical film and television storytelling made last year from all over the world.
Selected as a finalist in Best Historical Drama, Home By Christmas is one of five finalist nominations competing with productions from PBS USA, the ABC and Channel 4 U.K. It's the first New Zealand film to gain a finalist nomination at History Makers, which is the leading global annual gathering of history makers in film and television.
Director/Writer/Producer Gaylene Preston will attend the awards ceremony. She said, "I am absolutely thrilled that Home By Christmas has been nominated. Just being there will be a real honour."
This is the second international finalist nomination for the film, which won a High Commendation at the recent Asia Pacific screen awards for actor Tony Barry, who also won Best Actor at the Qantas NZ Film Awards.
"After a successful theatrical release here, an audience award at the Sydney Film Festival and warm response at the London Film Festival, HOME BY CHRISTMAS is becoming 'the little film that could!' " says Preston, who made the film about her parents' experiences during World War Two.