Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney
EXCLUSIVE: Australian actress Anna McGahan tonight is being awarded the Heath Ledger Scholarship from Australians in Film. The 24-year-old, who doesn’t yet have a U.S. agent, has worked steadily since graduating as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2010. Repped in Australia by Marquee Management, she’s appeared in the TV series Underbelly 4: Razor and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and in the telepic Mystery of a Hansom Cab. She’s the lead in the upcoming Australian movie 100 Bloody Acres and she’ll be a regular in the Nine network series House Husbands. She joins previous recipients Ryan Corr, Bella Heathcote and Oliver Ackland. Her prizes include $10,000 in cash and a one-year scholarship to the Stella Adler Acting School in L.A. The judges for this year’s Ledger Scholarship were directors Catherine Hardwicke and Gregor Jordan, Warner Bros Pictures President Production Greg Silverman, casting director Donna Issacson, Alexander Artists Group CEO Steve Alexander (who was Ledger’s U.S. agent), ROAR’s Will Ward and Maura Fay Group casting agent Ann Fay. At tonight’s Australians in Film benefit dinner in Century City, the 8th annual AiF Breakthrough Award was presented jointly to Liam Hemsworth and Yvonne Strahovski. The org also honored Harvey Weinstein and filmmaker/Tropfest founder John Polson for their contributions to Australian film and television.
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