ABC titles Mystery Road, Get Krackin’ and Mustangs FC were awarded last night at the 51st Australian Writers’ Guild Awards last night in Sydney.
SBS drama Sunshine won the Telemovie or Miniseries of less than 4 hours.
Writer / Producer Tony Ayres won the Hector Crawford Award while Sue Smith won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Smith’s credits include Saving Mr. Banks, The Road From Coorain, Peaches, Brides of Christ, The Leaving of Liverpool, Bordertown, RAN: Remote Area Nurse, Mabo, Bastard Boys, The Young Doctors, Sons and Daughters, and Prisoner.
Sweet Country by Steven McGregor with David Tranter won the Feature Film award and Animation Lost & Found by Bradley Slabe won the Major Award.
Television & related categories:
Television – Series or Miniseries of more than 4 hours duration, including Original and Adapted Works
‘Gone’ – Michaeley O’Brien
Television – Telemovie or Miniseries of 4 hours or less duration, including Original and Adapted Works
Sunshine – Matt Cameron and Elise McCredie
Television – Serial
Neighbours: Episode 7776 – Peter Mattessi
Comedy – Situation or Narrative
Get Krack!n: Episode 7 – Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan
Children’s Television – ‘P’ Classification (Preschool – Under 5 Years), Original or Adapted, Animated or Performed
Little J and Big Cuz: ‘Where’s Aaron?’ – Erica Glynn
Children’s Television – ‘C’ Classification (Children’s – 5–14 Years), Original or Adapted, Animated or Performed
Mustangs FC: ‘Flawless’ – Magda Wozniak
Homecoming Queens: ‘Beach’ – Michelle Law and Chloë Reeson
Richard Lane Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Australian Writers’ Guild
Hector Crawford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the craft as a Script Producer, Editor or Dramaturg
Australian Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award Proudly presented by Foxtel
Sue Smith said, “I actually consider these awards to be collective rather than individual. Every generation of writers we produce in this country stands on the shoulders of the pioneering work of the generation of playwrights and screenwriters before them, and hopefully learn all over again from the generation after them.
“So I want to thank all those writers whose worked I watched when I was growing up and starting out, for their guidance and inspiration, and for their generosity in including me among them, and the new generations for what they’re teaching me. Huge thanks to the AWG for this, and for all the work they do for writers.”
AWG President Jan Sardi said “Sue has written some of our most iconic and beloved stories and her work explores the lives of ordinary Australians with incredible warmth and humanity, making the ordinary seem extraordinary. Whether it be on screen or stage, it leaves a mark on all those it touches.”
Foxtel’s Head of Drama Penny Win added: “In television and film, everything starts with the writer and what is put on the page. We are honoured to present this Award to Sue in recognition of her incredible work and contribution to the Australian entertainment industry.”