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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: Sighted: 26/11/2013

Winners (also see subcategories)v1037

2013 winner Grounded Alana Valentine , 2012 single work drama
— Appears in: Cyberbile [and] Grounded 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)

2013 winner (Feature Film : Original) form y separately published work icon The Rocket Die Rakete Kim Mordaunt , ( dir. Kim Mordaunt ) Australia : Red Lamp Films , 2012 Z1908219 2012 single work film/TV 'A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey, to prove he's not cursed he builds a giant rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.' (Source: Screen Australia website)
2013 winner (Television: Series) form y separately published work icon R v. Floyd Andrew Knight , ( dir. Rowan Woods ) Australia : ABC Television , 2012 6487594 2012 single work film/TV
2004 winner (Best New Play for Young Audiences) Vin Stephen House , 2004 single work drama
2003 winner (Best Un-Produced Screenplay) form y separately published work icon Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger Cathy Randall , ( dir. Cathy Randall ) Australia : EB Productions Tama Films , 2008 Z1491337 2008 single work film/TV

'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.

1998 winner form y separately published work icon Rita's Lullaby Merlinda Bobis , Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 1998 Z860575 1998 single work radio play Summary: Portrait of two Manila street kids, Rita and Jay. Jay survives by picking pockets while Rita works as a child prostitute. Images of her tourist clients never seem to leave her, nor do the memories of her village life shattered forever by military evacuation. The two meet in the city park at night where they fantasise about the food they might eat and try to bury the past. (From Libraries Australia.)
1998 winner (Best Telemovie) Roger Simpson For 'Afraid of the Dark', an episode of Halifax, f.p.
1990 winner y separately published work icon Round the Twist Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1990 Z939155 1990 selected work children's fiction children's
1990 winner (Best Issue-based Radio Documentary for 'Confines of Conscience') Ken Methold
1989 winner (TV Series) form y separately published work icon Politburo Chris Roache , Sydney : Channel 7 , 1989 Z1808715 1989 single work film/TV

'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

1988 winner (TV Series) form y separately published work icon Pride & Prejudice David Allen , Sydney : Channel 7 , 1987 Z1808673 1987 single work film/TV
1988 Richard Lane For outstanding contribution to the Guild. (This award subsequently became the Richard Lane Award.)
1983 winner Terry Stapleton Best Drama Serial script (Carsons Law)
1982 winner (Television Adaptation) form y separately published work icon A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute's A Town Like Alice Tom Hegarty , Rosemary Anne Sisson , ( dir. David Stevens ) Australia : Seven Network Alice Productions , 1981 Z1743377 1981 series - publisher film/TV romance

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.

Source: Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series

1982 winner (Best Radio Adaptation for sci-fi novel 'Stardance') Ken Methold
1980 (Best TV Adaptation) form y separately published work icon Ride on Stranger Peter Yeldham , ABC Television (publisher), ( dir. Carl Schultz ) Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1979 Z1489583 1979 series - publisher film/TV

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.

1977 winner (Feature Film) form y separately published work icon Storm Boy Sonia Borg , ( dir. Henri Safran ) Adelaide : South Australian Film Corporation , 1976 Z1057204 1976 single work film/TV

'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.

1974 winner Original Television Drama form y separately published work icon Three Men of the City Ted Roberts , ( dir. Eric Tayler ) Sydney : ABC Television , 1974 Z1864508 1974 series - publisher film/TV Industrial company managing director and chairman Sir William Elliot disrupts work and family relationships when he announces plans to resign (series 1) then fights to hold on to the chairmanship (series 2).
1972 winner Ralph Peterson
form y separately published work icon The Alien Years Peter Yeldham , ( dir. Donald Crombie ) Australia : ABC Television , 1988 Z1489562 1988 series - publisher film/TV

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.