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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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The 2017 Monte Miller Awards are now open for entries! 🎉 Open to scripts of all genres and formats, the Monte Miller Awards are dedicated to finding the best new scripts from AWG's Association Members. Head to the website for more information:

Australian screenwriting competitions worth entering? This one!!!! https://t.co/fecShHAknc

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The 2017 Monte Miller Awards are officially open for entries! For more information and to enter head to:… https://t.co/hCLoIqa5H6

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It’s time to polish off those final drafts and put your best script forward as the Australian Writers’ Guild’s 2017 Monte Miller Awards are officially open for entries. Dedicated to uncovering the best new scripts and talents among AWG’s Associate Membership, the 2017 Monte Miller Awards are your opportunity to put your work in the spotlight and showcase your talent to the industry. Find out more at: www.awg.com.au/2017-monte-miller-awards/

Broadening the Horizons – Representing Disability on Screen https://t.co/EAE2zQHPxq https://t.co/xq1lGsxeOd

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.@BusStopFilms and @AWG_1 are hosting an event aimed at helping writers craft authentic characters with a disability https://t.co/ycSZU63aE2

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He made his name in UK comedy, but today Ben Elton wants to #MakeItAustralian. https://t.co/M67Lng0PWU https://t.co/kePFcsCyoq

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The #Neighbours script team is proud to tell Aussie stories and employ heaps of Aussie writers! #MakeItAustralianhttps://t.co/LSLZKiRFCd

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'All over Australia, all over the industry, all over the age groups, sexes, aspirations and wider politics, the industry is on a campaigning roll' #MakeItAustralian

Make It Australian - fire, passion and good humour | ScreenHub Australia https://t.co/oJOWPmrXFv #MakeItAustralian

Thank you to all those involved in the #MakeItAustralian Perth Launch. Photos by Bianca Kartawiria. https://t.co/xJaqYOQAg8

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Wonderful speech for #MakeItAustralian from Shareena Clanton at the Melbourne launch. https://t.co/tFYnZRZAIU

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Parliamentary film and TV inquiry’s report will focus on jobs and growth https://t.co/g3zTx2QthO

Gillian Armstrong and Marta Dusseldorp on @Lateline last night on the launch of the #MakeItAustralian campaign https://t.co/OgCCpawhAx

Gillian Armstrong: We have hundreds of film schools and drama schools and a lot [of graduates] are going straight to Hollywood #lateline

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We need Australian content quotas & funding so we can tell our own stories #makeitaustralian and while you're at it… https://t.co/9HEhgtqS1c

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Gillian Armstrong: "Do we want our kids only finding out about the senior prom and maple syrup on pancakes? #lateline

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Gillian Armstrong: "I wouldn't be here without government controls and government funding and neither would Nicole Kidman." #lateline

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Director Gillian Armstrong: "We need protection of our talent -- but also, our stories are out culture." #lateline

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Joining us tonight at the launch of the #MakeItAustralian campaign? Make sure you're up to date with the latest times and venues around the country: SYDNEY: 6pm, Event Cinemas George Street MELBOURNE: 3pm, ACMI PERTH: 4pm, Luna Cinemas, Oxford Street, Leederville ADELAIDE: 5pm, Media Resource Centre BRISBANE: 6pm, William Galloway Auditorium, QCU HOBART: 5.30pm, Fullers Bookshop

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Writers, performers, producers, directors and crew are joining forces to campaign for the future of the screen industry. The campaign will be launched on Monday 18 September at venues around the country. Join Australian Writers' Guild, Australian Directors' Guild, Screen Producers Australia and MEAA by registering yourself to attend the event near you. Events to be held across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth and Adelaide. #MakeItAustralian

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Entries for the 2018 NSW Premier's Literary Awards are open, including the 2018 Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting and the 2018 Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting. Entries close Friday 13 October 2017.

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Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department are calling for Indigenous screen content makers from around the country who are passionate about environmental issues to apply for a special factual initiative – State of Alarm. Previous screen credits are not essential, but applicants are required to submit a pitch video outlining their concept.

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Join us tomorrow night as we chat to one of the nations's best writers, Andrew Bovell. Andrew’s staggering body of work across film, theatre, and television, places him at the very pinnacle of our industry. Andrew is the critically acclaimed writer or co-writer of The Secret River, Lantana, Edge Of Darkness, The Book Of Revelation, Iris, Strictly Ballroom, and Who's Afraid of the Working Class? Andrew, in discussion with playwright and director Brett Cousins, will draw from his 30 years of writing experience, including his journey into the industry, his fight with crippling writers block, and advice on how to achieve excellence in your writing.

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Bus Stop Films and Write Night (AWG) are hosting a free event aiming to help screenwriters craft authentic characters with a disability, confidently. To have a diverse film and TV landscape we need to give writers the tools and confidence to write diverse and authentic stories! Join us for an illuminating keynote by the Guardian's film critic, Luke Buckmaster on the representation of disability in Australian Cinema, followed by a panel discussion with esteemed filmmakers Daniel Monks, Emily Dash, disability arts veteran Alison Richardson and Creative Director of Robot Army Ryan Chamley . Hosted by Genevieve Clay-Smith, Co-Founder of Bus Stop Films and 2015 NSW Young Australian of the year.

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Want to learn from the best? Come along Wednesday night and spend an evening with Andrew Bovell, 13 September, 6.45pm, at the Dan O’Connell. Andrew, in discussion with playwright and director Brett Cousins, will draw from his 30 years of writing experience, including his journey into the industry, his fight with crippling writers’ block, and advice on how to achieve excellence in your writing.

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Huddle against the darkness and gather around the fireside in one of Tasmania’s most historic (and haunted) hotels with three of Australia's most prominent genre writers (Vicki Madden, Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause) and listen to tales that promise to send a chill up your spine and heed ominous words about how to create terrifying tales and sinister stories of your own. You'll uncover the secrets of how and why genre premises live or die in the national and international film and TV industry as well as how to set and write scenes that wreak maximum tension. There will be sweat-inducing tales from the industry to share and then – if you dare – stay the night in one of Tasmania's oldest and most haunted pubs. This unique overnight experience will begin at 4pm (just before twilight) where introductions will be made, followed by a pub meal before retiring to an open fire in an historic convict pub. Next morning (if there is one) there will be one on one meetings with our ghoulish guests to discuss your own project. When: 4pm Saturday 14 October to midday Sunday 15 October 2017 Where: The Ross Hotel, 35 Church Street, Ross, Tasmania (approximately an hour south of Launceston and 1.5 hours north of Hobart) The Tasmanian Genre Writing Retreat is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Screen Tasmania

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We've got your Friday listening sorted! OzPod has 34 of the best, brightest and most innovative names in podcasting in Australia and from around the world presenting a full day of panels, presentations and workshops. Listen along on ABC Extra or through the ABC listen app. For updates follow @OzPodConference on Twitter or join the conversation using #OzPod2017.

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