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Blake Ayshford Blake Ayshford i(A19878 works by)
Born: Established: 1969 ;
Gender: Male
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Film and television script-writer.

Blake Ayshford studied playwriting at the University of Technology, Sydney, and starting writing for television with scripts for Home and away in 1988.

However, his best-known works have come in the last decade. Between 2004 and 2006, he wrote a succession of scripts for such programs as The Cooks (2004-2005), The Alice (2005), Love My Way (2006), and McLeod's Daughters (2005-2006). One of his scripts for The Cooks won the Queensland Premier's Literary Award (for television).

Between 2006 and 2009, Ayshford wrote for long-running hospital drama All Saints, a script-writing stint that he followed with work on My Place (2009), Crownies (2011), and The Straits (2012). One of his scripts for The Straits was nominated for the Queensland Literary Awards.

Ayshford adapted An Accidental Soldier (broadcast in 2013), based on the Miles Franklin Award-nominated book Silent Parts by John Charalambous, produced by Kylie du Fresne (producer of The Sapphires and Lockie Leonard) and directed by Rachel Ward.

In 2018, Ayshford had success in the UK with episodes of the Welsh-set supernatural thriller Requiem, created and largely written by fellow Australian Kris Mrksa. He followed this with the adaptation of British novelist Louise Doughty's thriller Whatever You Love, set to star David Morrissey. 2018 also saw the release of Ayshford's Fighting Season, following the return of Australian soldiers from Afghanistan.

His work as a script editor includes All Saints (2006-2009), the film Restraint (2009), and the television series I Rock (2010).

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon What You Do Now ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) Australia : Bunya Productions Australian Broadcasting Commission , 2020 20826126 2020 single work film/TV
2020 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy
form y separately published work icon Mystery Road ( dir. Rachel Perkins et. al. )agent Australia : Bunya Productions Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2018-2020 11467193 2018 series - publisher film/TV detective

Series one:

'Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) is assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of two young farm hands on an outback cattle station. One is a local Indigenous footy hero, and the other a backpacker. Working with local cop Emma James (Judy Davis), Jay’s investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community.'

Source: Screen Australia ( (Sighted: 13/07/2017)

Series two:

'A headless corpse is found floating by the shore in a remote outback town. As if this weren’t mysterious enough, Detective Swan and his colleague Fran have to contend with protests against the excavation of an Indigenous site. And then another body turns up.'

Source: Berlinale program (Sighted: 13/02/2020)

nominated for two episodes: 'Broken' (Wayne Blair) and 'What You do Now' (Warwick Thornton).
2020 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Drama Series
2019 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2019 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2018 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Drama Series
form y separately published work icon Fighting Season ( dir. Ben C. Lucas et. al. )agent Australia : Goalpost Pictures , 2018 10730603 2018 series - publisher film/TV war literature thriller

'Fighting Season is a timely and emotionally resonant series that follows the lives of a group of Australian soldiers, and their families, returned home suddenly after their commander is killed in suspicious circumstances in Afghanistan. Part mystery thriller, part relationship drama, it asks us to examine the human costs of war.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2019 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Telefeature or Mini Series
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