2011 AWGIE Awards: nominees

By David Knox on August 18, 2011 / Filed Under News 7

Underbelly telemovies, Rake, Spirited, City Homicide, Good News Week, Paper Giants and My Place are amongst some of the nominees for the 44th Annual AWGIE Awards.

The Australian Writers’ Guild has announced its picks for the best in scriptwriting for 2011.

AWG President, Academy Award nominee Jan Sardi says: “The foundation of all great productions is the script. Each year the AWGIE Awards recognise and celebrate the creators of those foundations, the writers. The nominations for this year’s AWGIE awards clearly demonstrate the high standard of Australian performance writing. Some of the writers honoured today are familiar names, underscoring the consistent excellence of their work and ongoing contribution to our industry. Equally exciting are the new names and titles reflecting the breadth and vibrancy of Australian scriptwriting talent.”

The AWGIES are chosen for the script alone, recognising that everything starts with the written word. Unlike other awards the production need not necessarily have aired yet, and judging is based purely on scripts that are put forward to the AWG by the authors themselves.

The AWGIES will be held on Friday, September 23 and will include the announcement of the $25,000 Foxtel Fellowship for excellence in television writing, the $30,000 Kit Denton Disfellowship and the $15,000 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction and the Major AWGIE Award for most outstanding script of 2011.

Television nominees are as follows:

TELEVISION: SERIES
Rake – Episode 5: R v. Chandler -Peter Duncan
Spirited – Episode 7: Riders on the Storm -Jacquelin Perske
City Homicide – Episode 83: Last Man Standing –Mia Tolhurst

TELEMOVIE ORIGINAL
Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here –Peter Gawler
Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away –Kris Mrksa

TELEVISION: MINI SERIES ORIGINAL
Small Time Gangster –Gareth Calverley and Joss King
East West 101 – Season 3: The Hero’s Journey –Vanessa Bates, Michael Miller, Michelle Offen, David Ogilvy, Katherine Thomson, Kristine Wyld with Steve Knapman
Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo –Christopher Lee

TELEVISION: SERIAL
Home and Away – Episode 5215 –Cameron Welsh
Neighbours – Episode 6018 –Anthony Morris

COMEDY: SKETCH OR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Good News Week: Australia Decides 2010 – Dave Bloustein, Simon Dodd, Bruce Griffiths, Warwick Holt, Paul Livingston and Ian Simmons
Good News Week: Episode 3.30 – Dave Bloustein, Simon Dodd, Bruce Griffiths, Warwick Holt, Paul Livingston and Ian Simmons
Good News Week: The First Cut – Dave Bloustein, Simon Dodd, Bruce Griffiths, Warwick Holt, Paul Livingston and Ian Simmons

COMEDY: SITUATION OR NARRATIVE
Laid: Episode 4 – Marieke Hardy
Housos: Pregnant – Paul Fenech
Review With Myles Barlow: Series 2 Episode 1 – Phil Lloyd with Trent O’Donnell

DOCUMENTARY: PUBLIC BROADCAST
The Tall Man – Tony Krawitz
The Long Walk of Brother Benedict – Linda Neil

CHILDREN’S TELEVISION: P CLASSIFICATION
Only one nomination and the winner will be announced on the night.

CHILDREN’S TELEVISION: C CLASSIFICATION
My Place: 1808 Sarah – Alice Addison
My Place: 1868 Minna – Nicholas Parsons
Gasp!: Fish Stick – Rachel Spratt

7 Comments »

  1. Trix August 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm -

    Some very talented writers up for nomination. Well done …

  2. Rutzie August 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm -

    Great to see City Homicide get some recognition. Hopefully it wins.

  3. Moanique in Brisbane August 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm -

    Interesting to have it confirmed that Good News Week is scripted

  4. New iPhone August 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm -

    No reality section? We all know most of it is scripted

  5. jmgirl August 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm -

    Good to see Myles Barlow nominated again. Loved it, Phil Lloyd. So funny. Look forward to his Tim Mathieson!

  6. David Knox August 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm -

    Not yet.

  7. Anthony Mai August 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm -

    Has Housos aired? I never saw it on SBS!

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