Religious drama wins PrimeTime screenwriting contest

Matt Ford, frontman of 90s rock band Machine Gun Fellatio, has won the Australian Writers’ Guild’s Prime Time Television Screenwriting Competition.

Shining Light, a drama about a newly ordained Catholic Priest who is no longer sure he believes in God, wins a $10,000 prize donated by Scripted Ink and an invitation to join AWG’s Pathway’s Program, to be showcased to industry professionals and considered for Scripted Ink development funding.

The competition, open to writers with an original script or idea for a commercially viable television series or miniseries suitable for prime time viewing, received over 500 entries.

Ford’s writing credits include the British–Australian miniseries Frankie’s House in 1992, Panic at Rock Island and episodes of G.P., Farscape, Sea Patrol, Love Child, House Husbands, Stingers and Hiding.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to win this,’”said Ford, “and I want to thank AWG and Scripted Ink, and congratulate the judges on doing their job so brilliantly.”

Shining Light has the potential to be a truly landmark series – timely and of its time,” judges said. “At a time when faith, the role of the Church and priesthood itself have never before been placed under such public scrutiny, it’s absolutely fitting that our screenwriters turn their attention to these vexing issues.”


Also joining Pathways Program were:

Coldwater Bay – Amanda Hampson & Tracey Trinder
The Go-Go Team – Jack Yabsley
Dog Box – Rebecca Ingram
Clicks – Kelsey Munro
Marked Men – Chris Kennett & Ben Esler

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