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Note: There were no nominees for Original Telemovie in 2014.


2016 winner form y separately published work icon Mary : Making of a Princess Samantha Strauss , ( dir. Jennifer Leacey ) Australia : FremantleMedia Australia Network Ten , 2016 8570346 2016 single work film/TV

'Twenty-eight-year-old Mary Donaldson has all but given up on love when one night she goes to the pub and meets a prince. But falling in love is the easy part, compared to what it takes for an Australian girl to become the future Crown Princess of Denmark.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2015 winner form y separately published work icon The House of Hancock Gina Vs Rose : The House Of Hancock Paul Bennett , Katherine Thomson , ( dir. Mark Joffe ) 2015 Australia : Cordell Jigsaw Productions Nine Network , 2015 7704808 2015 series - publisher film/TV

'A sweeping saga of empires rising and falling as the world’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, fights to maintain and expand the mining dynasty left to her by her father, whilst her children sue her for their share of the multi-billion dollar inheritance.' (Production summary)

2013 winner form y separately published work icon Underground : The Julian Assange Story Robert Connolly , Mark Davis , ( dir. Robert Connolly ) Australia : Network Ten Matchbox Pictures , 2012 Z1861848 2012 single work film/TV

'Set in suburban Melbourne in the late 1980s, Underground follows a teenage Julian Assange and his gang of friends — the International Subversives — as they try to break into the computer systems of the worlds most powerful organisations. Hoping to uncover the inner workings of these groups, the boys wage battle from their bedrooms with the technologies, with each other, and with the Senior AFP Detective who is intent on shutting down their group.'

Source: Australian Television in Production website.

2012 winner form y separately published work icon Mabo Sue Smith , ( dir. Rachel Perkins ) Sydney : Blackfella Films Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2011 Z1792989 2011 single work film/TV

'Tells the story of one of Australia's national heroes: Eddie Koiki Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at fifteen, yet spearheaded the High Court challenge that once and for all overthrew the fiction of terra nullius.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 20/5/2014)

2011 winner form y separately published work icon Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here Peter Gawler , ( dir. Shawn Seet ) Australia : Screentime , 2011 Z1758111 2011 single work film/TV crime

'In 1998 two masked bandits undertook a series of hits on Asian restaurants in Melbourne, leaving a dire message for victims to give police: "Tell them Lucifer was here." A police sting known as Operation Hamada was set up to get them. But in the middle of a stakeout, two policemen Gary Silk and Rod Miller were killed in cold-blood on a lonely street in Moorabbin.'

Source: (Sighted 05/10/2011).

2010 winner form y separately published work icon Hawke Glen Dolman , ( dir. Emma Freeman ) Melbourne Australia : The Film Company Network Ten , 2010 Z1606845 2010 single work film/TV

The story of Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke during one of the most difficult period of his political life, when his position as leader came under threat from Treasurer, Paul Keating. The narrative also explores the Hawke legend from his early days as a hard-drinking, womanising, but brilliant trade union president through his transformation into a polished, egalitarian, and visionary world leader and up to his second term in office. Having largely sacrificed his family for political ambition, Hawke must rely on his friendships and allegiances as he attempts to defeat his challenger and remain in power.

2009 winner form y separately published work icon Saved Belinda Chayko , ( dir. Tony Ayres ) Australia : Big and Little Films , 2009 Z1572378 2009 single work film/TV

'This premiere television movie stars Claudia Karvan as a woman who becomes the advocate for a young Iranian detainee, and develops a complex relationship with him that threatens her marriage.

'Julia is a young mother trying to come to terms with the loss of her new born to SIDS. While her husband Peter throws himself into work to cope with the tragedy, Julia becomes more despairing and isolated from the world around her. Recognising that she needs a distraction, her sister-in-law suggests that Julia accompany her to the Detention Centre where she volunteers as an advocate for detainees. Julia reluctantly accepts the offer, and while there, meets Amir Farshchi, a young Iranian asylum seeker.

'Amir claims to be a student persecuted by the Iranian authorities, but the Department of Immigration disputes his identity. Amir is severely depressed, suicidal and close to deportation. Julia is immediately drawn to his vulnerability and throws herself obsessively into his case - much to the disapproval of her in-laws and husband Peter, whose tolerance is tested by the growing closeness between the young detainee and his wife.

'When Amir is finally released from detention, Julia welcomes him into her home only to find herself increasingly attracted to the handsome, damaged young man. Growing more suspicious of Amir's identity and his relationship with his wife, Peter eventually asks Amir to leave the family home.

'When Julia finds out what has happened she is furious and runs into the arms of Amir. Now Julia must decide whether her marriage is worth saving and which man she truly loves.'

Source: SBS Television website,
Sighted: 31/03/2009

2007 winner form y separately published work icon BlackJack : At the Gates BlackJack: A Walk in the Park Katherine Thomson , ( dir. Peter Andrikidis ) Australia : Jigsaw Entertainment Network Ten , 2006 Z1425212 2006 single work film/TV crime

'Detective Jack Kempson is drawn into the disturbing world of religious fanatics when the mother of a baby killed 10 years ago in a house fire comes to him for help. In looking for the truth Kempson will have to fight the system and his own conscience, only to uncover a tangled web of lies and deception. Kempson must decide if the truth should prevail over the interests of the innocent.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Source: 19/4/2013)

2006 winner form y separately published work icon Little Oberon Peter Gawler , ( dir. Kevin Carlin ) 2005 Australia : Christie Films , 2005 Z1308073 2005 single work film/TV fantasy

'The sleepy town of Little Oberon is woken with a jolt when tempestuous Georgie Green returns after a 15 year absence, with a difficult teenage daughter, to care for her ailing but eccentric mother' (Source: Screen Australia. Sighted: 1/6/2012).

The fantasy elements in the teleplay come in via Georgie's role as a practising Wiccan, as well as her teenage daughter Natasha's visions of a young friend of her mother's, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances just before Georgie left town.

2005 winner form y separately published work icon Jewboy Tony Krawitz , ( dir. Tony Krawitz ) 2005 Australia : Porchlight Films , 2005 Z1189274 2005 single work film/TV

'After the death of his father, Yuri returns from Israel to the strict Chasidic community of Sydney. Losing his faith in Judaism, he rejects his former girlfriend Rivka and starts driving taxis. He falls for Sarita and in his grieving state takes much more from their budding friendship than she does. In his confused search for intimacy he ends up in some of the least intimate spaces, like porn shops and peepshows. Jewboy is a film about a young man's search for his place in the world, his family and his faith.'

Source: Publisher's synopsis.