2011 AWGIE Awards: winners

By David Knox on September 24, 2011 / Filed Under News 4

Underbelly, Rake, Good News Week, My Place and Small Time Gangster were amongst the winners of the 44th Annual Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards, presented last night at Doltone House in Sydney.

Libby Gore hosted the awards, which recognise scriptwriting in film, television, radio, interactive media and theatre.

“The AWGIE Awards are all about excellence in performance writing and tonight we have celebrated the craft and unique talent of those writers responsible for the best scripts of the past year. While some of our winners have built their careers doing it, we’ve also uncovered some bright new talents whose stellar careers are only just beginning,” said Australian Writers’ Guild President Jan Sardi.

Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney were awarded the $30,000 Kit Denton Disfellowship for their project Bleak, a story about ‘reaching your thirties, being spat out of a relationship and realising that you’ve accomplished absolutely none of the things you thought you would. No partner, no possessions, no career. It’s like being back in your twenties, but without the hope.’

TELEVISION WINNERS:

2011 KIT DENTON FELLOWSHIP
For Courage and Excellence in Performance Writing
John Alsop
Blake Ayshford
Kelly Lefever
Zachary Gillam
Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney

2011 FOXTEL FELLOWSHIP
Fellowship awarded in recognition of a significant body of work in television.
Kris Mrksa

2011 FRED PARSONS AWARD
For Outstanding Contribution to Australian Comedy
Chris Lilley

2011 HECTOR CRAWFORD AWARD
Outstanding Contribution to the Craft in the Field of Script Editing
Denise Morgan (awarded posthumously)

CHILDREN’S TELEVISION: P CLASSIFICATION
Only one nomination and the winner will be announced on the night.
Bananas in Pyjamas: Morgan’s Cloud – John Armstrong

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

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

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

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

2011 JOHN HINDE AWARD
For Excellence in Science Fiction Writing
Matt Ford for Panic at Rock Island

4 Comments »

  1. finbar September 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm -

    David Knox’s summary of the AWGIES process is accurate. Writers submit their own scripts. Not all categories receive entries and not all categories with entries are awarded. If, for whatever reason, the judging panel in a category decides there isn’t a script good enough to receive an award, the category is effectively deleted. A script doesn’t need to have been aired but must have been produced in the calendar year prior to the year it is submitted to the AWGIES. Scripts co-written by Guild members with non-members can also be entered.

  2. David Knox September 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm -

    It’s up to individual writers, as AWG members, to submit their own work for consideration. It’s based on the script alone, not the production, and the work need not have yet aired (see Housos). Not all writers are members of AWG either, but the majority are.

  3. mj September 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm -

    David who decides which shows are nominated? It seems like there are some glaring omissions IMO.

  4. Dave C September 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm -

    Does anybody know if Small Time Gangster will be returning for another season?

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