The Casting Guild of Australia (CGA) is a central forum for casting professionals whose membership consists of nearly all Australian casting directors for film, television and theatre. The CGA seeks to acknowledge and support the critical role casting directors play in the entertainment industry, and the annual CGA Awards is the only casting awards ceremony in the southern hemisphere that celebrates and recognizes casting across all mediums.
On Saturday, November 20, 2021, the CGA celebrated its seventh annual CGA Awards virtually via Facebook in a ceremony hosted by actor-singers Lucy Durack and Eddie Perfect. Casting Networks was proud to sponsor the awards for the sixth year in a row, offering complimentary Casting Networks Premium memberships to ten young performers who the CGA identified as this year’s “Rising Stars” — emerging artists who show great promise and talent.
The first win of the night went to first-time winner Daisy Hicks for Best Casting in a Short Film for “Tough.” Other 2021 CGA Award winners include Kirsty McGregor, who took home Best Casting in a TV Comedy for AACTA Award-nominated series “Fisk” and Anousha Zarkesh, who received the award for Best Casting in a Feature Film for “High Ground.” Janine Snape and Alex Souvlis received the prize for Best Casting in a Theatre Production for “Fun Home.” Nathan Lloyd took home the Best Casting in a TV Drama, TV Miniseries & Telemovie Award for “The Newsreader” and received the award for Achievement in Casting — for the second year in a row — for “All My Friends Are Racist.”
Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners. We look forward to continually supporting the important work of all casting professionals and being a part of these exciting events for years to come.