WINNERS OF THE PRESTIGIOUS AWGIE AWARDS ANNOUNCED
It was a fairytale finish for the winners of the Annual AWGIE Awards, which were held last Friday night 4 October at the Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne. Hosted by Sammy J, the awards now in their 46th year, celebrate the integral role of the writer in Australian film, television, theatre radio and interactive media. The AWGIE Awards are the only Australian awards judged solely by writers on the basis of the script – the writer's own vision.
President of the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) Jan Sardi said, “The calibre of this year’s nominees is testimony to the outstanding achievement of this year's AWGIE Award winners, judged by their peers as being the best in what has been a top shelf year for Australian performance writing”.
The Sydney Morning Herald called it "Valentine's Day" after playwright Alana Valentine was the toast of the evening picking up three awards including the Major AWGIE Award for Most Outstanding Script of 2013 and the inaugural David Williamson Prize. David Williamson AO was in attendance, as Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts presented Valentine with the $25,000 prize. As David Williamson explained in a TV interview with Alana Valentine on ABC Weekend Breakfast the morning after, the Prize was established by the AWG to promote and reward the production of quality new Australian works for the stage.
Although the evening belonged to Valentine, it was a memorable night for the Good News Week writing team who received a ninth AWGIE for their final season of the much-loved series.
International imaginings in non-English languages 'wrote the AWGIEs foreign-language chapter' and made headlines in Variety Magazine. In the Film categories Kim Mordaunt picked up best Feature Film: Screenplay Original for his award winning film The Rocket, and in the Feature Film: Adaptation category Cate Shortland with Robin Mukherjee picked up the gong for their haunting film, Lore.
In the Documentary Public Broadcast category, the runaway hit about the popularity of wine in China, Red Obsession, won the AWGIE for David Roach and Warwick Ross.
In the television categories, The Canberra Times reported that 'One deadly world downed another ' with Underbelly again winning best Mini Series Original and Robert Connolly’s Underground: The Julian Assange Story won best adaption.
Another highlight of the evening was when multi-award winning writer, Andrew Bovell delivered a touching presentation of The Dorothy Crawford Award for Oustanding Contribution to the profession to director Neil Armfield.
WINNERS OF THE 46TH ANNUAL AWGIE AWARDS
DAVID WILLIAMSON PRIZE
DOROTHY CRAWFORD AWARD:
For outstanding contribution to the profession
Recipient: Neil Armfield
RICHARD LANE AWARD:
For outstanding service and dedication to the Australian Writers' Guild
Recipient: Simon Hopkinson
HECTOR CRAWFORD AWARD:
For outstanding contribution to the craft via a body of script editing work
Recipient: Kym Goldsworthy
FRED PARSONS AWARD:
For outstanding contribution to Australian Comedy
Recipient: Guy Rundle
JOHN HINDE AWARD FOR SCIENCE FICTION
Exchange Student Zero - Shayne Armstrong, Bruce Kane & S.P. Krause
Underground: The Julian Assange Story - Robert Connolly
TELEVISION: MINI-SERIES ORIGINAL
Underbelly: Badness - Niki Aken, Peter Gawler, Felicity Packard and Jeffrey Truman
Rake 2: R v. Floyd - Andrew Knight
Home & Away 5714 - Gary Sewell
COMEDY: SKETCH OR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Good News Week: The Second Going - Mat Blackwell, George Dodd, Simon Dodd, Warwick Holt, Paul Livingston and Ian Simmons
COMEDY: SITUATION OR NARRATIVE (JOINT WINNERS)
A Moody Christmas: Separate Seats - Phil Lloyd and Trent O'Donnell
Please Like Me: Portuguese Custard Tarts - Josh Thomas with Liz Doran and Thomas Ward
FEATURE FILM: ORIGINAL
The Rocket - Kim Mordaunt
FEATURE FILM: ADAPTATION
Lore - Robin Mukherjee and Cate Shortland
See How The Leaf People Run - Michele Lee
Cross Sections– Suzie Miller
The Opera House Project– Sam Doust
The Adventures Of Figaro Pho: Fear Of Unfamiliar Toilets - Bruce Griffiths
DOCUMENTARY: PUBLIC BROADCAST
Red Obsession - David Roach with Warwick Ross
DOCUMENTARY: CORPORATE & TRAINING
Your Choice– Ken Wallace
THEATRE: FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Truck Stop - Lachlan Philpott
THEATRE: COMMUNITY & YOUTH THEATRE
Grounded - Alana Valentine
Medea - Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks
Starchaser - Lally Katz
The Amber Amulet - Genevieve Hegney and Matthew Moore
CHILDREN’S TELEVISION: P CLASSIFICATION
Guess How Much I Love You: I Promise - David Evans
CHILDREN’S TELEVISION: C CLASSIFICATION
Dance Academy: A Perfect Storm - Samantha Strauss
MONTE MILLER AWARD: LONG FORM
Fury - Charlotte McConaghy
MONTE MILLER AWARD: SHORT FORM
Trunk - Derek Foster