The Australian Writers’ Guild established the AWGIE Awards in 1967 to recognise and reward excellence in performance writing. The awards are judged solely by writers, and the judging is based on the written script, rather than on the finished product such as a film or a television series.
The awards include an extensive number of categories (children's, comedy, radio, short film, television, community theatre), special awards such as the John Hinde Award for Science Fiction, and a range of industry fellowships, including the FOXTEL Fellowship. Individual category winners in a year become eligible for the Major Award, awarded to the outstanding script of that year.
Source: http://www.awg.com.au/ Sighted: 26/11/2013
'Against the backdrop of one of the most intriguing events in Newcastles recent history, the grounding of the Pasha Bulker, we meet Farrah, a young Novocastrian with a fascination for Newcastles industrial port, a fascination none of her peers share or comprehend.
Yet when a storm forces the ship on Nobbys Beach and the worlds attention turns to the harbour she knows so well, the impact on Farrahs own reality is not what she expects. Farrahs obsession with shipping and bulk carriers allows audiences to explore universal themes of isolation, belonging and identity, and that time in your life when the obsessions of childhood get grounded in reality.
Tantrum Theatre and Australias flagship youth theatre company Australian Theatre for Young People have co-commissioned nationally recognised playwright Alana Valentine to create this new work which celebrates Newcastles identity and the significance of the working harbour to Newcastles culture.' (Source: Alana Valentine's website)
'HEY HEY IT’S ESTHER BLUEBURGER – a smart, rueful and dead-on portrait of life’s unending quest to fit in… and the girl who solves it by completely breaking out – introduces a feisty outsider hero unlike any other seen on screen. Esther Blueburger’s quest begins when she escapes from her Bat Mitzvah party and is befriended by Sunni, the effortlessly cool girl who is everything Esther thinks she wants to be. With the help of Sunni, Esther goes AWOL from her ordinary life and leaves behind her malfunctioning Jewish family to hang out with Sunni’s far breezier and super-hip single mum Mary and attend Sunni’s forbidden public school as a Swedish exchange student.'
Source: Screen Australia.
'Prosecutor Flicker and Rafferty differ over a debacle in police processing that keeps a Polish-Australian in the local police station holding cell.
Rafferty's clerk, Fulvio, is chosen to sit on a panel interviewing job applicants but doesn't impress the other panelists including the one who chose him.
Rafferty has terrible trouble chasing up errors made by his credit card provider and at the end of the episode Rafferty presides over a case on civil rights where a woman is charged for not filling out a survey partially due to a discrepancy in its instructions.
Penne Hackforth-Jones guest stars as the prosecutor of this case. Georgie Parker appears as one of the job applicants.'
Source: Internet Movie Database
Set during and immediately after World War II, A Town Like Alice is both a love story and a war story. It spans two decades and three continents. The story begins with the capture of a group of civilian women by the Japanese and follows the nightmare of their captivity in the jungles of Malaya. It is during this time that one of the women, Englishwoman Jean Paget, meets a cheerful and laconic Australian prisoner of war, Joe Harman, who hails from Alice Springs. When he is tortured for a simple act of kindness, she believes that he has died. Later, after the war has ended, she discovers that he didn't die, and sets out to find him in Australia. Meanwhile, he travels to England to find her. The two are eventually reunited in the rugged outback of Australia.
Set in the 1930s, Ride on Stranger focuses on the life of country girl Shannon Jones. After working for her aunt as a maid, Shannon moves to Sydney, where she becomes involved with a religious sect.
For a detailed, episode-by-episode synopsis, see Film Details.
'A young boy befriends an Aboriginal man and a pelican. One day he is forced to choose between his beloved companions and the often cruel outside world.'
Source: Screen Australia.
Elizabeth Patterson is the headstrong daughter of a powerful member of the Australian Government. When she falls in love with Stefan Mueller, a German national, eyebrows are raised and whispers begin circulating within certain circles. The pair eventually marry and move to the Barossa Valley in South Australia, to grow grapes and live an unpressured existence. The outbreak of WWI seals their fate, however, giving rise to bitter hatred and threatening Stefan with the prospect of incarceration.Best Original Drama.
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