2010 AWGIE Awards: Nominees

Underbelly, Rush, The Jesters, Lowdown, Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation and Dance Academy are some of the TV shows up for Australian Writers' Guild Awards.

The Australian Writer’s Guild has announced its nominees for its 43rd AWGIE Awards.

Amongst the television nominees are shows including Underbelly, Rush, The Jesters, Lowdown, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Good News Week, Home and Away, Neighbours, Dance Academy and Spirited.

The AWGIEs are traditionally selected from submissions put forward by the writers themselves.

TV Nominees:

The Jesters – Hard Time Getting Soft by Kevin Brumpton and Angus Fitzsimons
Lowdown – Who’s Your Baddy? by Amanda Brotchie and Adam Zwar
30 Seconds – Invisible Fault Lines by Timothy Bullock, Justin Drape and Scott Nowell

Good News Week – The 2009 Sauce Bottle Awards by Dave Bloustien, Simon Dodd,
Bruce Griffiths,Warwick Holt, Paul Livingston and Ian Simmons
Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation: Episode 16 by Stephen Hall and Michael Ward with Shaun Micallef

Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia by John Hughes
Addicted to Money – Episode 2 by Simon Nasht with David McWilliams
Darwin by Katherine Thomson

Bananas in Pyjamas – Bird Song by John Armstong
Penelope K, By the Way – Why Do Elephants Have Trunk by Melanie Alexander
Bananas in Pyjamas (animated series) ‘The Little Fish’ by Kevin Nemeth

Lockie Leonard – Crimes of the Heartless by Shelley Birse
Dance Academy – Growing Pains by Sarah Lambert
My Place – 1958 – Michaelis by Tim Pye
Dance Academy – Turning Points by Greg Waters

Underbelly: The Golden Mile by Peter Gawler, Greg Haddrick, Kris Mrksa, Felicity Packard
Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities by Peter Gawler, Greg Haddrick, Kris Mrksa, Felicity Packard

Home and Away Ep 4917 by Fiona Bozic
Home and Away EP 5003 by Phil Lloyd
Home and Away Ep 5068 by Sam Meikle
Neighbours Ep 5782 by Rene Zandveld

Rush Ep 210 – Armoured Car by David Caesar and Adam Todd
Rush Ep 208 – Boy in the Bush by Michelle Offen
Spirited – The Man Who Fell To Earth by Jacquelin Perske
Rush Ep 222 – Water by Adam Todd

Only one nomination and the winner will be announced on the night.

Could the last category be awarded to Offspring, Hawke or The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce?

Disappointing there is no sign of Tangle. Also seemingly absent: Packed to the Rafters, City Homicide, Rescue Special Ops, Sea Patrol and John Safran’s Race Relations.

Other dramas such as East West 101, The Circuit were entered in last year’s awards.

The 43rd annual AWGIE Awards will be presented at Peninsula, Melbourne on Friday August 20th.

16 Responses

  1. what was the time brackets does anyone know? it seems those shows aired across more than a year?

    there have been some absolute corkers for city homicide and it never seems to be nomintaed for anything, episode 50 when the man that accused noni’s character of corruption during the plot to kill her son reurned it was great tv. and then towards the end of the last year whent the simon storyline was at it’s climax, it was so smart and well written. how is this stuff not nominated over that stuff?

  2. True, David – it is an interesting thing to observe which awards favour which series. Rush was overlooked at the Logies this year, and the AFI favours the SBS productions and also honoured All Saints, Awgie love of Rush just seems like too much love! It’s not a big pool of productions, it would be great to have the writing awards as a showcase for the diversity of work being made

  3. Craig my point is that for 3 out of a possible 4 nominations to go to Rush is disproportionate and not reflective of Other good writing in the drama landscape. In a judging process that is apples and oranges anyway, to not select anything from Tangle, Rafters, City Homicide -but 3 eps of Rush is just plain strange. And please do not assume I do not watch Rush.

  4. Interesting and strange nominations.
    I’m very pleased to see ‘Dance Academy’ nominated (I’ve become a big fan) as it’s showing off our up and coming young talent, is well written and directed and I see its rating well too.

  5. interesting list of nominees. Seems a little unfair that multiple nominations can go to one series in a category. I know it happens at the Emmys in the writing categories, but when it is the West Wing or Larry Sanders Show or Mad Men – you can understand it – but Home & Away! Rush? Shame it doesn’t represent the great mix of narrative work that is being generated in Australia right now. Sigh!
    Award shows are never able to encapsulate the true picture of the creative landscape. At least comedy and light ent is being properly honoured – unlike Logies this year. Roll on the AFI’S!!!

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