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Ned Kelly Awards

The Ned Kelly Awards celebrate Australian crime writing, in the fields of fiction and non fiction. Australian actor Rhys Muldoon will be giving the keynote address followed by the debate "That crime fiction in Australia skirts the big issues, its concern is entertainment" between Leigh Redhead, Tara Moss, Jarad Henry and Joel Becker.

There are four award categories: Best Fist Fiction, Best Fiction, Best True Crime, and Life Time Achievement Award. The recipient of the 2008 Life Time Achievement is Marele Day, who will be in attendance on the evening.


Date: 29 August 2008

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Function Space, ACMI (Festival Club)

Cost: Free

Rhys Muldoon's credits cover wide-ranging experience in film, television, theatre, comedy and radio. His performances have been the recipient many awards, including AFI's, IF awards, an Oscar Nominations, a BAFTA nomination, Logies, Helpmann Awards and a Green Room Award.

Rhys' extensive television performances include roles in the acclaimed and awarded television productions Grass Roots as the MBA adorned General Manager, Bogle and Chandler, Bastard Boys. As well as roles in Aussie favourites such as Secret Life of Us, McLeod's Daughters, Blue Heelers, Farscape and Big Sky. He has also made regular appearances as himself in regular guest roles on Good News Week, The Glasshouse, The Fat and as Belvoir St Celebrity Theatresports Champion with team-mate Adam Spencer.

Film roles include the Oscar Nominated film The Saviour, Valentines Day, and Jimeon's The Extra. Recent theatre roles include Stuff Happens as Prime Minister Tony Blair, Don's Party Noel Coward's Design for Living as well as his Green Room Award role in Decadance.

Rhys' radio credits include regular appearances on MMM, most recently with Will and Lemo. On JJJ where he wrote and regularly presented the popular segment Gay School as well as hosting programs on ABC local and national radio.

Though loyal to his code, he has also been known to assume the role of Hottie Van Der Straaten, former South African international Rugby player, and successful diamond importer.

His longstanding host role in Playschool, as well as in other children's classic programs, such as the Sarge in Tim Winton's classic Lockie Leonard have led to his involvement in various children's events.