MELBOURNE, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- An aboriginal comedy has taken top place at the 48th annual Australian Film Institute Awards in Melbourne.
"Ten Canoes" was filmed mostly in the aboriginal language of Ganalbingu, making it the first ever indigenous-language feature film to win Australia's top movie honor, The Brisbane Courier-Mail reports.
In addition to best film, the movie collected a total of six awards Thursday night including best direction, best original screenplay, best cinematography, best editing and best sound.
Co-director Rolf de Heer received the Byron Kennedy Award for the pursuit of excellence in filmmaking, and cinematographer Ian Jones was honored with a lifetime achievement award, the newspaper said.
Best actress award went to Emily Barclay for her portrayal of a rebellious teenager in "Suburban Mayhem."
Best actor went to Shane Jacobson for the low-budget comedy "Kenny."