Huge congratulations to my former student, Charlotte McConaghy, (Graduate Diploma Screenwriting 2012) for her win at the 2013 Australian Writers Guild Awards held at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom last Friday night. Charlotte won the Monte Miller Award: Long Form for Best unproduced script for her TV pilot FURY – which she developed as part of her […]
It was a fairytale finish for the winners of the Annual AWGIE Awards, which were held last Friday night 4 October at the Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne. Hosted by Sammy J, the awards now in their 46th year, celebrate the integral role of the writer in Australian film, television, theatre radio and interactive media. The AWGIE […]
Success of my mission to create stronger concepts for film and television came when two former screenwriting students, Kent Pearson and Shelly McLaren (Graduate Diploma Screenwriting 2011), partnered with current screenwriting student Ben Matthews (also a graduate of the Directing course), and won over $180,000 in the MTV/Optus One80 Competition to make a TV pilot […]
Jessica Paine and Charlotte McConaghy have both been nominated for the Monte Miller Award for best unproduced screenplay by an unproduced writer for the TV pilots they developed as part of their course work. Jess is nominated for THE KNOT and Charlotte for FURY. This is the fourth year in a row my students have […]
My second-year Graduate Diploma Screenwriting student, Claire Phillips, was beaten to the Monte Miller Award for best unproduced screenplay by an unproduced writer for the TV pilot she developed as part of her course work in year one, THE BOX, by none other than an AFTRS staff member (and a great colleague) Mike Jones. Awards […]
Congratulations Claire for becoming the third student in three consecutive years to be nominated for an AWGIE Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay for the TV pilot she developed as part of her course work. Your dedication to your craft and hard work has certainly paid off.
Following on from a seminar I gave in Lismore in August on the power of a strong concept to drive film ideas, I returned to the Northern Rivers as a Distinguished Festival Juror for the Queer Fruits Film Festival. Now in its third year, Queer Fruits Film Festival is the only regionally produced independent queer […]
While sadly Laura Greaves went home empty-handed, it was still a sensational night with awards going to: Jonathan Teplitzky for Burning Man; Peter Gawler for Underbelly; and Chris Lilley for his outstanding contribution to Australian comedy, among others. I again presented the Monte Miller Award at this year’s awards. For the full list of winners, […]
The AWGIE Awards were held on Friday 23rd September at Doltone House in Sydney. The only Australian scriptwriting awards judged solely by writers on the basis of the script recognised a new crop of creative talent bringing Australian stories to our screens and stages. Photographs by Amanda James, Australian Writers’ Guild.
My second-year Graduate Diploma Screenwriting student, Laura Greaves has been nominated for the Monte Miller Award for best unproduced screenplay by an unproduced writer for the TV pilot she developed as part of course work in year one. Good luck tonight, Laura.