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Sisterly love wins AWG TV script competition

A TV comedy about drugs, anarchy, alcohol, arson and sisterly love has won the 2015 Australian Writers’ Guild nationwide Think Inside the Box competition for unproduced scripts.

Grow Up, by D’Arcy Foley-Dawson, is a comedy drama about two sisters with very extreme personalities trying to live together – despite a severe lack of life skills. When their alcoholic mother is hospitalised, an irresponsible wannabe comedian with anger issues is forced to take care of her neurotic twelve-year-old sister.

D’Arcy spent many years as a director of music videos, short films and commercials before completing the Directing and Screenwriting courses at AFTRS. He is now focused on creating television projects that are “bold and adventurous, in that sweet spot between comedy and drama”.

He will receive help turning his concept into a marketable script, with his original work read by the development team at leading independent production company Essential Media and Entertainment, the producers of such critically acclaimed series as Rake and The Principal.

Entrants had to submit a three-page treatment outlining their original idea for an adult television drama series or mini-series, the first 13-15 pages of the script and one paragraph on the development history of the idea. An industry panel of judges then selected a long list by assessing the treatments for their ability to engage the reader in the writer’s vision, the potential for the project to be produced for television and the originality and excellence of the idea. The long listed entrants were then asked to submit the pilot episode of their original show and a shortlist was chosen.

The short list included: CS McMullen (VIC) for Living Metal, Ryan Van Dijk (QLD)  & Alexei Mizin (VIC) for The Salesman, Eloise Healey & Jessica Brookman (VIC) for Impaired and Black Creek, and Vince Bailey (TAS) for Crash!

The long list includes:

White Heat Alexandra Edmondson, Jo-Anne Brechin

The Modernist Paul Bernasconi

Offline Fiona Johnson

Sticks Alexander Duncan

Viewers Meegan May

The Game Andrew MacDonald

The Cost of Education Caroline Cumming

Grunts Eloise Healey, Jessica Brookman

Fatale Miranda Johnson

The Kindler Pete Monaghan, Ruth Estelle


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Australian Film Television and Radio School launches Re: Frame training focused on innovation & building your business. Catch the live stream tomorrow with speakers Russel Howcroft, Richard Harris, Chloe Rickard, Kate Montague and Mike Jones. From 3pm Tuesday below:

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Australian Writers’ Guild @AWG_1 launches new online portal for producers https://t.co/bD56NUneUj via @ArtsHub

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The Australian Writers’ Guild has announced the launch of a new online portal, Pathways Showcase – the new ‘go-to’ for producers looking for Australia’s hottest new scripts and premier screenwriters. Launched yesterday at SPA’s Screen Forever conference, the portal is already showcasing over 80 original projects and dozens of Australia’s best screenwriters.

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#Melbourne, want to learn more about what it takes to create a hit indie film in Australia? Join us tomorrow night as we chat to Gregory Erdstein and Alice Foulcher, the creators of That's Not Me, which premiered at Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February and played at Melbourne International Film Festival earlier this year to rave reviews! When: Wednesday 8 November 2017, from 6.45 pm Where: The Dan O'Connell Hotel, 225 Canning Street Carlton Tickets: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. RSVP online or pay at the door!

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The 2017 John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing was presented on Tuesday 31 October at Brisbane Powerhouse to C.S. McMullen for Awake (Unproduced category) and Cris Jones for The Death and Life of Otto Bloom (Produced category). Photos by Veronica Kopinski.

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A society where sleep is optional and the rich work and play on a 24-hour cycle is the thrilling setting of the winning unproduced script in the 2017 John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing, presented last night in Brisbane to C.S. McMullen for her pilot script Awake. ‘As a writer whose first love has always been science-fiction, this award has incredible significance for me, and I am prouder of this than perhaps anything else I’ve won,’ said McMullen, currently in Los Angeles. ‘Thank you so much to the AWG, and the estate of the late John Hinde for this bequest. This is part of a golden age for Australian science-fiction, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.’

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Cris Jones, the screenwriter and director behind the celebrated sci-fi mockumentary The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, was posthumously honoured with the Australian Writers’ Guild’s $10,000 John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing last night in Brisbane. Jones, who passed away in September, entered his debut feature film in the John Hinde Award produced category in July, almost a year after the film made its premiere and opened the 65th Melbourne International Film Festival to great applause. Read more:

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