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That was quite a buzz. For those of you who are interested, here are a few iPhone photos from the red carpet in Sydney and Melbourne. Russell and Universal certainly know how to throw a party! Now it’s off to the premiere in Istanbul on Friday night. The extremely positive response of the Turkish Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Resa Keskintepe, to the film on Tuesday night bodes well for its reception in Turkey. Looking forward to it.

For those of you in Australia, there are links here and here to interviews with Russell and other cast members including Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney and Yilmaz Erdogan.

In other news, The Water Diviner has been nominated for eight AACTA awards, including extremely well deserved nods for Russell as lead actor, and Jacqueline McKenzie and Yilmaz Erdogan for best supporting actress and actor respectively. The outstanding work done by Tess Schofield in Costume Design and Chris Kennedy for Production Design has also been recognised. Oh, and Andrew Knight and I have been nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category.

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The crowds building outside the State Theatre from the windows of the QT Hotel.

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Andrew Anastasios on the red carpet

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Andrew Anastasios and Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios with the brilliant Jacqueline McKenzie (Eliza Connor in ‘The Water Diviner’)

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Andrew Anastasios and Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios on the red carpet at the Sydney Premiere with the eminently elegant Olga Kurylenko in the background.

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Cast and crew photo at the Sydney Premiere.

WD cast and crew pic.

Cast and crew photo from Hoyts retweeted by Russell.

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Olga Kurylenko

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With Andrew Knight at the Melbourne Premiere

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The Rivoli Cinemas