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Best Screenplay - Original or Adapted
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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2019

winner form y separately published work icon The King David Michôd , Joel Edgerton , ( dir. David Michôd ) United Kingdom (UK) Hungary Australia : Netflix Plan B Entertainment Porchlight Films Blue Tongue Films Pioneer Stilking Films Yoki , 2019 18084286 2019 single work film/TV

'Wayward Prince Hal must turn from carouser to warrior king as he faces hostilities from inside and outside the castle walls in the battle for England.'

Source: Netflix.

Year: 2018

winner form y separately published work icon Breath Gerard Lee , Tim Winton , Simon Baker , ( dir. Simon Baker ) Australia : See Pictures Gran Via Productions Breath Productions , 2016 8569342 2016 single work film/TV

'Based on Tim Winton’s award-winning novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely bond with a reclusive surfer and his mysterious wife. The boys are driven to take risks that will have a profound and lasting impact on their lives.'

Source: Screen Australia.

Year: 2017

winner form y separately published work icon Ali’s Wedding Andrew Knight , Osamah Sami , ( dir. Jeffrey Walker ) Australia : Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd , 2017 8368900 2017 single work film/TV

'After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family and following his heart. Based on real events, Ali’s Wedding is an irreverent, warm-hearted comedy, and an affectionate and vivid portrait of Islamic life in Australia. ' (Source: Screen Australia)

Year: 2015

winner form y separately published work icon Holding the Man Tommy Murphy , ( dir. Neil Armfield ) Australia : Goalpost Pictures , 2015 7793845 2015 single work film/TV

'In the 1970s, a young Australian boy, Timothy, finds himself confused. He falls for the captain of the football team. What follows shows all aspects of a relationship, regardless of gender or sexual preference. Conflict, temptation, and a huge burden which will affect every aspect of their lives.' (Production summary: IMDB)