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Called the Scriptwriting Award in 2012, and the Betty Roland Prize (Scriptwriting) in 2013.


2017 joint winner form y separately published work icon Down Under Abe Forsythe , ( dir. Abe Forsythe ) Australia : Emu Creek Pictures Wild Eddie , 2015 8370771 2015 single work film/TV

'On the 11th of December 2005, a frenzied mob of 5000 White Australians fueled by alcohol and stupidity violently attacked anyone of Middle-Eastern appearance that dared to enter the beach-side suburb of Cronulla.' (Production summary)

2017 joint winner form y separately published work icon The Code [Series Two, Episode Four] Shelley Birse , ( dir. Shawn Seet ) Australia : Playmaker Media ABC Television , 2016 11075067 2016 single work film/TV
2015 winner form y separately published work icon The Babadook Jennifer Kent , ( dir. Jennifer Kent ) Australia : Causeway Films , 2013 Z1912336 2013 single work film/TV horror (taught in 2 units) A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
2014 winner form y separately published work icon Devil's Dust Kris Mrksa , ( dir. Jessica Hobbs ) Australia : FremantleMedia Australia , 2012 Z1897677 2012 single work film/TV

Devils Dust is a two-part telemovie that deals with asbestos victim Bernie Banton and his courageous fight against James Hardie Industries.

2013 winner form y separately published work icon Dead Europe Louise Fox , ( dir. Tony Krawitz ) Australia : See Saw Films Porchlight Films , 2012 Z1859546 2012 single work film/TV

'Isaac, a Greek Australian in his late 20s, spirals out of control when he's forced to confront his own family's cursed legacy on his first trip to Europe - with the continent's haunted past and troubled present pressing in on him.'

Source: Inside Film website

2012 winner form y separately published work icon R v Murray Peter Duncan , ( dir. Peter Duncan ) Australia : ABC Television , 2010 Z1905499 2010 single work film/TV

'In episode one, Cleaver's lover/friend/confident Missy — a high class call girl — has left without a trace, and tax lawyer David Potter, is in hot pursuit. Scarlet, his best friend Barney's wife, confides in him that she wants to leave home, and his 15-year-old son Fuzz draws him into a conspiracy to cover up his activities with his new girlfriend. But on the work front, Cleaver is presented with a case he can't resist — to defend a cannibal.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive ( (Sighted: 05/12/2012)

2011 winner form y separately published work icon Offspring Debra Oswald , ( dir. Kate Dennis ) Australia : Southern Star John Edwards , 2010 Z1733918 2010 single work film/TV 'Fall in love with Nina Proudman as she struggles to deal with her fabulously messy family, her explosive ex-husband, the intensity of a job delivering babies, and the hunt for a decent sex life - whilst also handling her tendency to over-think, fantasise, and wonder about life's other little mysteries.' (Australian Television Information Archive record)
2010 joint winner form y separately published work icon Fairweather Man Aviva Ziegler , ( dir. Aviva Ziegler ) Australia : Fury Productions , 2009 Z1681689 2009 single work film/TV biography

'When Ian Fairweather died in 1974 Australia lost an extraordinary artist and one of its greatest eccentrics. The reclusive, driven man left behind a body of paintings that today command huge prices at auction and hang on the walls of galleries around the world.

'At 60 years of age, Fairweather set off on a solo voyage across the sea on a hand-built, primitive raft. It is said that before the voyage he was a talented artist, but afterwards he became an extraordinary one. Fairweather Man is the story of Ian Fairweather's life and travels, and also a journey deep into the heart and soul of the man and his work.'

Source: ABC website,
Sighted: 07/04/2010

Joint winner with Jane Campion's Bright Star.
2010 joint winner form y separately published work icon Bright Star Jane Campion , ( dir. Jane Campion ) United Kingdom (UK) Australia France : Jan Chapman Productions , 2009 Z1373765 2009 single work film/TV historical fiction

'A chronicle of the platonic love affair between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne in early nineteenth century England.'

Source: Australian Screen.

Joint winner with Aviva Ziegler's Fairweather Man.
2009 winner form y separately published work icon First Australians Rachel Perkins , Louis Nowra , Beck Cole , ( dir. Rachel Perkins et. al. )agent Crows Nest Fitzroy Strawberry Hills : Blackfella Films First Nation Films SBS Television , 2008 Z1532374 2008 single work film/TV (taught in 1 units)

'First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. First Australians explores what unfolds when the oldest living culture in the world is overrun by the world's greatest empire.

'Over seven episodes, First Australians depicts the true stories of individuals - both black and white - caught in an epic drama of friendship, revenge, loss and victory in Australia's most transformative period of history.

'The story begins in 1788 in Sydney, with the friendship between an Englishmen (Governor Phillip) and a warrior (Bennelong) and ends in 1993 with Koiki Mabo's legal challenge to the foundation of Australia. First Australians chronicles the collision of two worlds and the genesis of a new nation.' Source: (Sighted 27/09/2008).

2008 winner form y separately published work icon Forbidden Lie$ Anna Broinowski , Australia : Palace Films , 2007 Z1277577 2007 single work film/TV

'In July 2004, Norma Khouri, best-selling author of 'Forbidden Love', was exposed as a fake. She'd won fame and fortune as a Jordanian virgin with a fatwah on her head for her campaign against honour killings. But she was really Norma Bagain, an alleged Chicago con artist on the run from the FBI for $1 million of fraud. Spinning murder, greed and literary scandal into a web that entangles us all, FORBIDDEN LIE$ is a real-life thriller for our time.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2007 winner form y separately published work icon The Home Song Stories Tony Ayres , ( dir. Tony Ayres ) Australia : Big and Little Films , 2007 Z1390692 2007 single work film/TV (taught in 4 units)

'This is the true story of Rose, a glamorous Shanghai nightclub singer, who struggles to survive in '70s Australia with two young children. Based on writer/director Tony Ayres' own life, The Home Song Stories is an epic tale of mothers and sons, mothers and daughters, unrequited love, secrets and betrayal.'

Source: Australian Film Commission. (Sighted: 8/10/2014)

2006 winner form y separately published work icon We Can Be Heroes The Nominees; We Can Be Heroes : Finding the Australian of the Year Chris Lilley , Ryan Shelton , ( dir. Matt Saville ) 2005 Australia Sydney : ABC Television Princess Pictures , 2005 Z1271609 2005 single work film/TV humour satire

We Can Be Heroes is a fictional documentary series that follows five nominees competing for the Australian of the Year Award. The characters (all played by actor/comedian Chris Lilley) are Phil, a rescue hero who saved nine children in a jumping castle accident; Ricky, a Chinese physics genius and aspiring actor; Ja'mie, a charity-minded schoolgirl who sponsors 85 Sudanese children; Daniel and Nathan, twin farm boys embarking on a world-first eardrum transplant; and Pat, a disabled suburban housewife turned elite athlete.

2005 winner form y separately published work icon The Art of War Betty Churcher , Carlton : Miegunyah Press , 2004 Z1196015 2004 single work film/TV
2004 winner form y separately published work icon Marking Time John Doyle , ( dir. Cherie Nowlan ) Southern Star John Edwards , 2003 Z1077214 2003 series - publisher film/TV

'MARKING TIME tells the story of Hal, a small town boy who has just left high school. The world is at his feet. He falls in love with Randa, an Afghani refugee, in a year of momentous change - from the optimistic time of the Sydney Olympics up until the post-September 11 world of a scared and divided nation.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2003 winner form y separately published work icon Till Human Voices Wake Us Michael Petroni , ( dir. Michael Petroni ) Australia : Instinct Entertainment , 2001 Z1035742 2001 single work film/TV fantasy

As a young boy returning home from boarding school, Sam Franks is drawn to local girl Silvy, who wears leg braces to counteract a weakness that prevents her from walking. Silvy shares her love of poetry with Sam, and they draw slowly closer, ending with a night at the lake, where Sam removes Silvy's leg braces so that the two can dance in the water. But when Sam releases Silvy's hand to point out a shooting star, she slips under the water. Her body is not found for years.

Twenty years later, Sam returns home once more for his father's funeral. On the train, he meets a woman, Ruby, whom he later pulls from the river when she falls from a bridge. The more time he spends with Ruby, the more convinced Sam becomes that she is Silvy returned to him.

'Till human voices wake us, and we drown' is the final line of 'The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock' by T. S. Eliot. Other lines appear throughout the film (most notably, the opening line: 'Let us go then, you and I.)'

1988 winner form y separately published work icon High Tide Hightide Laura Jones , ( dir. Gillian Armstrong ) Australia : Film and General Holdings Hemdale Film Corporation SJL , 1987 Z1711709 1987 single work film/TV

'After losing her job and being stranded when her car breaks down, Lilli rents a trailer by the sea. There she meets a lonely young girl who lives with her grand-mother. It transpires that the girl is Lilli's own daughter.'

Source: BFI ( (Sighted: 6/3/2014)

Awarded as Film Writing Award.