These are clips from the Australian Film Institute Awards when Proof did a great job of cleaning up that year! Notice that Russell’s hair is shaved to the scalp. I’m guessing because he was either preparing for, filming or had completed filming on Romper Stomper: https://youtu.be/n67igIaRYnw.
Thanks to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Proof has been digitally remastered for a new generation of film buffs, film fans, and Russell Crowe fans. Here’s an example of the work they accomplished in the restoration: https://youtu.be/XgoReKSnNFQ.
The listing on YouTube describes the work as follows:
PROOF has been digitally restored by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA), with the generous support of the public.
The restoration will premiere at MIFF on 29 July 2016: http://miff.com.au/program/film/proof
Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse; Producer: Lynda House; Cast: Hugo Weaving, Russell Crowe, Genevieve Picot.
Synopsis: Martin, a visually impaired man, lives an emotionally isolated life. Holding a deep-seated mistrust for the people around him, he takes photographs of his surroundings as a safeguard against being deceived. An object of obsessive but unrequited desire for his housekeeper, Martin embarks on a cautious friendship with a young restaurant worker. In doing so, he sets in motion a love triangle in which trust can be built and shattered.
About NFSA Restores – the digital restoration initiative: http://www.nfsa.gov.au/restores