Writers of The Favourite, Hotel Mumbai, The Cry, Rosehaven and The Harp in the South among nominees for 52nd Annual AWGIE Awards

An outstanding field of Australian screen and stage writers have been nominated for the 52nd Annual AWGIE Awards in a year that will see some of our most beloved and iconic stories celebrated alongside exciting and bold new works, a testament to how Australian-told stories continue to resonate with audiences both here and abroad.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the feature film categories, where the stories of an English Queen (Academy Award-nominated The Favourite), the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup (Ride Like A Girl), the tragic 2008 Mumbai attacks (Hotel Mumbai), a horrific manifestation of dementia (Relic), Australia’s favourite 1920s sleuth (Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears), the infamous Ned Kelly (True History of the Kelly Gang) and the last days of Shakespeare (All Is True) have been masterfully woven by some of our most accomplished screenwriters.

Showcasing their incredible versatility, many of the feature film nominees honed their craft writing top Australian drama, with Andrew Knight (Ride Like a Girl) receiving a second nomination in 2019 for the ABC’s Jack Irish. It will go up against Bloom, Secret City: Under the Eagle and The End in the Series or Miniseries category, with the critically-acclaimed The Cry, Lambs of God and On the Ropes nominated for Telemovie or Miniseries. For the first time in many years, the stalwarts of the Serial category Home and Away and Neighbours face competition in ABC newcomer The Heights. In the Comedy categories, Rosehaven and The Family Law will vie with Tim Minchin’s upcoming series Upright, and Orange is the New Brown will go head-to-head with The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.

The theatre nominees continue to showcase the exceptional craft of our top playwrights, with 2018 Stage winner Michele Lee’s Going Down up against Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of the Australian classic The Harp in the South, Toby Schmitz’s Degenerate Art, H Lawrence Sumner’s The Long Forgotten Dream and Lachlan Philpott’s Lost Boys. Works by Rachael Coopes, Caleb Lewis, Mary Rachel Brown, Noëlle Janaczewska, Duncan Graham and Vanessa Bates will compete for Community and Youth Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences.

The Beatles-inspired children’s program Beat Bugs dominates the Animation category, with nominations also for Berry Bees, Monstrous and Spongo, Fuzz and Jalapeña. Meanwhile, the Interactive category celebrates a class of storytellers championing how technology and creativity can produce new and exciting ways of telling uniquely Australian stories, with nominations for VR works Awake and Eleven Eleven up against educational ANZAC-inspired app Days in Conflict and an interactive retelling of Storm Boy: The Game. The Web Series nominees also bring new life to the past, with Hannah and Eliza Reilly’s Sheilas, a hilarious series on the forgotten and badass women of Australian history, up against Andy Muir’s episodes of The Twist, an ABC retelling of true Australian crime.

In the Documentary category, Ben Lawrence’s Ghosthunter will compete with Matthew Bate’s The Art of the Game and the epic voyage The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill by Sally Aitken, Owen Hughes, Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios, David Alrich and Sam Neill.

Awards will be presented across 18 individual categories including feature film, television, documentary, theatre, audio, animation and interactive media. Individual category winners will be eligible for the Major Award, given to the most outstanding script of the year. Past winners have included Lost & Found (2018), The Drover’s Wife (2017), The Code (2014 and 2016), The Water Diviner (2015), The Sapphires (2012), Animal Kingdom (2010) and Cloud Street (1999). Individual theatre category winners are also eligible for the David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Writing for Australian Theatre.

AWGIE recipients will be announced at the 52nd Annual AWGIE Awards on Thursday 22 August 2019 at the City Recital Hall, Sydney. Tickets on sale next week.

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THE
52nd ANNUAL AWGIE AWARDS

FEATURE FILM – ORIGINAL
All Is True – Ben Elton
Hotel Mumbai – John Collee with Anthony Maras
Relic – Christian White and Natalie Erika James
Ride Like a Girl – Andrew Knight and Elise McCredie
The Favourite – Tony McNamara with Deborah Davis
FEATURE FILM – ADAPTATION
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears – Deb Cox
True History of the Kelly Gang – Shaun Grant
SHORT FILM
Fitting – Bronwen Noakes with Emily Avila
Here There Be Monsters – Drew Macdonald
Judas Collar – Alison James
Stray – Katherine Chediak Putnam with Dean W Law
DOCUMENTARY – PUBLIC BROADCAST (INCLUDING VOD) OR EXHIBITION
Ghosthunter – Ben Lawrence
The Art of the Game – Matthew Bate
The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill: ‘Endeavour and Tahiti’ – Sally Aitke
Full List of Nominees For The 52nd Annual AWGIE Awards

TELEVISION – SERIES OR MINISERIES OF MORE THAN 4 HOURS DURATION, INCLUDING
ORIGINAL AND ADAPTED WORKS
Bloom: ‘The Mystery Box’ – Glen Dolman
Jack Irish: Season 2, Episode 1 – Andrew Knight
Secret City: Under the Eagle: ‘Run Little Rabbit’ – Matt Cameron
The End: ‘Toxic Shock Syndrome’ – Samantha Strauss
TELEVISION – TELEMOVIE OR MINISERIES OF 4 HOURS OR LESS DURATION, INCLUDING
ORIGINAL AND ADAPTED WORKS
Lambs of God – Sarah Lambert
On the Ropes – Tamara Asmar, Adam Todd and Ian Meadows
The Cry – Jacquelin Perske
CHILDREN’S TELEVISION – ‘C’ CLASSIFICATION (CHILDREN’S – 5–14 YEARS), ORIGINAL OR
ADAPTED, ANIMATED OR PERFORMED
Hardball: ‘Across the Ditch’ – Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes
Mustangs FC: ‘Pity Party’ – Alix Beane
The Deep: ‘Purple Tide’ – Cleon Prineas
COMEDY – SITUATION OR NARRATIVE
Rosehaven: Season 3, Episode 4 – Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola
Rosehaven: Season 3, Episode 5 – Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola
The Family Law: ‘Number One Gay Son’ – Benjamin Law and Kirsty Fisher
Upright: ‘Day Six’ – Leon Ford
Upright: ‘Day Eight’ – Tim Minchin
COMEDY – SKETCH OR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Orange is the New Brown: Episode 1 – Joel Slack-Smith and Heidi Regan with Nazeem
Hussain, Richard Thorp, Penny Greenhalgh and Sophie Braham
The Weekly with Charlie Pickering: ‘TV Bingo’ and ‘Libspill 2’ – Gerard McCulloch, Charlie
Pickering, Kynan Barker, Chris Kennett, Adam Richard with Justin Kennedy and Eleanor
Robertson
AUDIO
19 Weeks – Emily Steel
The Fitzroy Diaries – Lorin Clarke
Full List of Nominees For The 52nd Annual AWGIE Awards

STAGE
Degenerate Art – Toby Schmitz
Going Down – Michele Lee
The Harp in the South – Kate Mulvany
The Long Forgotten Dream – H Lawrence Sumner
Lost Boys – Lachlan Philpott
COMMUNITY AND YOUTH THEATRE
The Climbing Tree – Rachael Coopes
The River at the End of the Road – Caleb Lewis
These Are Not My People – Mary Rachel Brown
Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue – Noëlle Janaczewska
THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Amphibian – Duncan Graham
A Ghost In My Suitcase – Vanessa Bates
INTERACTIVE MEDIA
Awake: ‘First Contact’ – Mike Jones with Martin Taylor and Christian Cantamessa
Days In Conflict – Sam Doust
Eleven Eleven – Lucas Taylor
Storm Boy: The Game – Ellen Jurik
ANIMATION
Beat Bugs: ‘Lady Madonna’ – Kate Mulvany
Beat Bugs: ‘You Won’t See Me’ – Thomas Duncan-Watt
Berry Bees: ‘Hypnotic Hair, Don’t Care’ – Joel Slack-Smith
Monstrous: ‘Pier Pressure’ – Bruce Griffiths with Jasper St Aubyn West
Spongo, Fuzz & Jalapeña: ‘The Gasman Cometh’ – Simon Dodd
WEB SERIES AND OTHER NON-BROADCAST/NON-‘SUBSCRIPTION VIDEO ON DEMAND’ TV
SHORT WORKS
Sheilas: ‘Nancy Wake – WW2 Spy’ and ‘Mary Ann Bugg – Bushranger’ – Hannah Reilly and
Eliza Reilly
The Twist: ‘Ned’s Head’, ‘The Shark Arm Murder’, ‘The Claimaint, Sir Roger Tichborne’ – Andy
Mu

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