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History

Formerly the GIO - Perth Theatre Trust Script Award

Winners

2016 winner Dust Suzie Miller , 2014 single work drama

'A great wind completely blankets Perth with red dust. Some believe that an apocalypse looms. But for others – a man and his young step-daughter, two strangers stranded in an airport lounge, young lovers in a hotel suite, a bride-to-be watching her white wedding disintegrate – the storm might be a gift.

'A stunning look at the ways in which we love, blame, connect, and find beauty in the chaos of our lives.

'Tender, uplifting and unforgettable, Dust, by acclaimed and dazzling playwright Suzie Miller is about the odysseys we embark on when our worlds turn upside down.' (Production summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon The Bull, The Moon and the Coronet of Stars Vanessa Badham , 2013 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2013 5989749 2013 single work drama

'Alone in the museum, in the dark, Marion unravels a ball of string so Michael can venture into a mystery. In recent weeks, strange stirrings have haunted the ancient relics and rumours of a monster abound. Michael finds his way back to her and to an impossible situation.

'Marion flees and finds herself the prim centre of an over-sexed septuagenarian art group at a seaside resort. Here, Marion is infuriated by Mark, a wayward sommelier with an eye for the ladies, determined to disrupt her lessons and her life.

'Whimsical, sensual and charmingly humorous, 'The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars' is a love story of mythic proportions. It will lure you into an orgy of antiquity, cupcakes and beachside frivolity.

'Award-winning playwright Van Badham is joined by Griffin Associate Director Lee Lewis ('Silent Disco', 'A Hoax') for this delightfully debaucherous fairytale for adults.'

Source: Griffin Theatre Company.

2011 winner form y separately published work icon Cloudstreet Tim Winton , Ellen Fontana , ( dir. Matt Saville ) Australia : Screentime Showtime , 2011 Z1582485 2011 series - publisher film/TV (taught in 1 units) 'The highly anticipated three part mini-series of the modern Australian classic novel. Set in and around Perth during the 40s and 50s, Cloudstreet tells the story of two rural families who suffer separate catastrophes and flee to the city to pick up the pieces of their lives and start again. Brought together in the same house at No.1 Cloud Street, the Lambs and the Pickles' share numerous tragedies and triumphs that draw them closer together, until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.' (Showtime website)
2010 winner y separately published work icon Gwen in Purgatory Tommy Murphy , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2010 Z1627296 2010 single work drama humour

'Gwen is 90. She woke up this morning to discover that purgatory is sitting alone in a new house in a new subdivision on the edge of town, trying to work out if the remote in her hand operates the TV, the air-con or the fan-forced oven. But the kids are coming round and Father Ezekiel is on his way to bless the house, so the beginning of the end is looking up ...

'Written specially for Company B, Gwen in Purgatory is Tommy Murphy's brilliant existential comedy about an African missionary in the wilderness of Australian suburbia. Gwen's brood of ordinary souls is battling along in a changing world and wringing out the last drops of their matriarch's faith. Between them they may just find their way to some sort of forgiveness.'

Source: Belvoir Street Theatre website, http://www.belvoir.com.au/
Sighted: 22/09/2009

2009 winner form y separately published work icon South Solitary Shirley Barrett , ( dir. Shirley Barrett ) Australia : Macgowan and Beneficiary Films Omnilab Media , 2010 Z1689710 2010 single work film/TV

'Meredith, 30 and unmarried, arrives at a remote lighthouse island with her uncle, the new head keeper. Bad weather and misadventure leave her marooned with only the sullen and withdrawn assistant keeper, Fleet, for companionship. A tender, faltering courtship ensues.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2008 winner y separately published work icon The Modern International Dead Damien Millar , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2008 Z1530254 2008 single work drama

'Against a backdrop of miraculous visions and terrible repercussions in Rwanda, secret facilities in Iraq, landmines in Cambodia and political cleansing in East Timor comes the extraordinary stories of some very unique Australians setting out to bring relief and assistance to a troubled world. But when politics impedes progress, and reality shatters aspiration, the only consistency is compromise.

'So what keeps these individuals risking their lives and going back time and time again? And when duty is done, what does it actually mean to do good in the world?'

Source: Griffin Theatre website, http://www.griffintheatre.com.au/
Sighted: 17/09/2008

2007 winner form y separately published work icon The Black Balloon Elissa Down , Jimmy Jack , ( dir. Elissa Down ) Australia : Black Balloon Productions , 2008 Z1481112 2008 single work film/TV

'When Thomas (Rhys Wakefield) and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, all he wants is to fit in. When his pregnant mother (Toni Collette) has to take things easy, his father Simon (Erik Thomson) puts him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie (Luke Ford). Thomas, with the help of his new girlfriend Jackie (Gemma Ward), faces his biggest challenge yet. Charlie’s unusual antics take Thomas on an emotional journey that causes his pent-up frustrations about his brother to pour out - in a story that is funny, confronting, and ultimately heart-warming. The Black Balloon is a story about fitting in, discovering love and accepting your family.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2006 winner Sardines Hellie Turner , 2006 single work drama
2005 winner form y separately published work icon Last Train to Freo Reg Cribb , ( dir. Jeremy Sims ) Western Australia : Pork Chop Productions Taylor Media Longway Films , 2006 Z1275915 2006 single work film/TV crime thriller

'On a hot summer's night two bored and restless ex-cons travel on the last train to Fremantle. A beautiful young law student enters their carriage, seemingly unaware that the guards are on strike, but the balance of power shifts when two other passengers join the train. Told in real time using one claustrophobic location, Last Train to Freo is a tense psychological drama about five people who discover they are not who they think they are.'

Source: Australian Film Commission website (http://www.afc.gov.au/filmsandawards/filmdbsearch.aspx?view=title&title=LONFRE&area=title&type=Feature&genre=Psychological). (Sighted: 13/06/2006)

2004 winner Yandy Jolly Read , Peter Coppin , 2004 single work drama Yandy is the story of the heroic struggle of Aboriginal workers in the Pilbara and their pride, endurance and determination. It is the story of the first Aboriginal strike in Australia in 1946.
2003 winner Last Cab to Darwin Reg Cribb , 2002 single work drama humour
— Appears in: リターン : ダーウィンへの最後のタクシー 2007;
2002 winner y separately published work icon Bench Hellie Turner , 2002 (Manuscript version)x401342 Z1035115 2002 single work drama
2001 winner form y separately published work icon Confessions of a Headhunter Confessions of a Head Hunter Archie Weller , Sally Riley , ( dir. Sally Riley ) South Melbourne : Australian Film Institute , 2000 Z1465746 2000 single work film/TV 'Frank and Vinnie are modern day headhunters. They don't just want any heads, they want famous heads, heads with a price on them. Confessions of a Headhunter is a thought provoking and political exploration of the way in which iconic representations of Australia's history have typically masked indigenous realities and glorified injustice.' Source: Libraries Australia. (Sighted 05/02/2008).
1997 winner y separately published work icon The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea : The Play Dickon Oxenburgh , Andrew Ross , 1997 Perth : Black Swan Theatre Company , 1996 Z1051264 1997 single work drama Presents a semi-autobiographical account of Randolph Stow's childhood (although the protagonist is named Rob Coram), from ages six to fourteen, in the West Australian coastal town of Geraldton.
1995 winner Whispering Demons Heather Nimmo , 1994 single work drama
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