George Ware Dixon Prize

With only a few weeks to go before entries close, we’re pleased to announce we have a prize of $200 to offer the winner of `The Setting Sun Best Acting Performance Award’. The prize has been donated by the lovely Finke Family, in honour of their long time friend George Ware Dixon, who died in December 2017. The family was so moved by his creative energy- he was writing a play until a few days before his death aged 93 – that flowers seemed hardly appropriate as a tribute.

George was an actor, scholar, teacher and writer – of plays and short films.

He lived with his wife Lola Russell in Melbourne’s oldest shop, which had been Lola’s childhood home. George and Lola operated the shop as Russell’s Café, performing plays and poetry readings there through the years until the building was deemed dangerous in 2017 and the couple, both in their 90s, had to move out.

Of George’s many accomplishments, one of the most interesting was his leading role in ‘Clay’, Australia’s entry in the 1965 Cannes Film Festival, and nominated for the Golden Palm. The film was the work of arthouse filmmaker Giorgio Mangiamele, who was featured in a MIFF retrospective a few years ago. (George Dixon’s wife Lola was also in ‘Clay’).

Thank you Finke Family.

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