2006 Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
For Services to Literature and Film

2003 Dallas Out Takes Festival (United States)
Best Documentary (shared with Annie Goldson): for Georgie Girl

2002 San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Runner-up Documentary award (shared with Annie Goldson): Georgie Girl

1994 Asia-Pacific Film Festival (Australia)
Best Direction (shared with Stewart Main): Desperate Remedies

1994 Turin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Italy)
Audience Prize for Best Feature Film: Desperate Remedies

1994 Fantasporto (Portugal)
Nominated for Best International Fantasy Film: Desperate Remedies

1993 Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection (Un Certain Regard Section): Desperate Remedies

1993 Sitges Fantastic Film Festival (Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya - Spain)
Nominated for Best Film: Desperate Remedies

1990 San Francisco International Film Festival
Special Jury Award: The Mighty Civic

1988 American Film and Video Association Awards
Blue Ribbon Award: A Death in the Family

1988 Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Artists' Media Awards
Co-Winner (shared with Stewart Main): A Death in the Family

1987 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Best Single Drama - Television: About Face - Jewel's Darl
Nominated for Best Director - Television: for Jewel's Darl
Nominated for Best Drama Writer - Television (with Anne Kennedy): for Jewel's Darl