Writers of The Code, Ali’s Wedding, Jasper Jones, Barracuda and Please Like Me among winners at the 49th Annual AWGIE Awards

Friday 14 October 2016

Shelley Birse, one of Australia’s leading screenwriters, has won this year’s top  writing award at the Australian Writers’ Guild’s 49th Annual AWGIE Awards, for the second season of the ABC’s cyber-thriller, The Code.

The Code also received the AWGIE Award for the Television: Miniseries – Original category. The first season of The Code  took out the Major Award in 2014, and this year’s award makes it the only series in history to have been recognised by two Major Awards for both of its seasons.

More than 25 Australian writers have been honoured at this year’s Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards which were hosted by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on Friday night, 14 October 2016.

President of the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG), Jan Sardi, said that at a time when television is experiencing a global renaissance on an epic scale the Annual AWGIE Awards are a way of honouring the world-class talent of Australian screenwriters and playwrights.

‘With the advent of streaming services such as Netflix and Stan revolutionising the way we all consume screen content, there is an undeniable buzz and energy around our film and TV industries in particular.

‘This heralds exciting times ahead for not only Australian writers for performance, but for the millions of viewers hungry for top-notch content on their screens and stages,’ he said.

Twenty-two AWGIE Awards were awarded across categories covering the full spectrum of performance writing in radio, television, film, theatre and interactive media. Two awards were given for unproduced screenplays, and five special awards were awarded.

Among the 2016 AWGIE Award winners were:

Within the television categories, AWGIE Award winners included:

Winners in the theatre categories included Lally Katz for The Rabbits in the Music Theatre category, A Kid Like Me writers Sally Hardy and Alirio Zavarce won the Community and Youth Theatre AWGIE Award and Angus Cerini took out the Stage category for The Bleeding Tree, in what was a tight field.

Barry Humphries, one of Australia’s most well-known writers, comedians, actors and satirists, has been presented with the 2016 Fred Parsons Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Comedy. Humphries was honoured in recognition of the invaluable contribution he has made to Australian and international comedy writing over a career that has spanned more than 60 years.

The $60,000 David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Writing for Australian Theatre was this year presented to Angus Cerini for The Bleeding Tree, which has just been announced for inclusion in the Sydney Theatre Company’s 2017 program.

The AWG also honoured Craig Pearce – co-writer of Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Charlie St Cloud and The Great Gatsby – by awarding him the Australian Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, which was proudly presented by Foxtel.

For 49 years, the Australian Writers’ Guild has presented the AWGIE Awards to recognise and reward excellence in performance writing.

In the years since their inception, the list of AWGIE winners have included writers whose stories have shaped Australian culture. The AWGIE Awards are the only writers’ awards judged solely by writers, based on the written script – the writer’s intention rather than the finished product.

More than 440 entries were received this year, drawn from 79 different nominated works and projects in 23 different award categories.

For the full list of AWGIE winners click here.

For the full list of AWGIE nominees click here.

For all media enquiries and interview requests with any of the AWGIE Award recipients, please contact:

NIX Co | Nicholas Cheetham | Communications Manager | + 61 2 8399 0626


If you have an unproduced Feature Film script you'd like to enter into our INSITE Award, hurry! Entries close soon!

May 1st, join Nicole Stark & others for our Interactive Writing panel! @DisparityGames will be there. Details here:

Primary21:30 - 24.4.2017

We hear there are still a couple of spots left for the screenwriting weekend with our NSW Committee co-chair Holly Lyons. Holly is an excellent lecturer and if you were thinking of signing up, you definitely should! Another good news is that AFTRS Open offers 10% discount to AWG Members. You won't regret it.

Primary4:12 - 24.4.2017

Congratulations Robyn Butler & Wayne Hope!

Primary3:38 - 24.4.2017

Bravo Josh Thomas!

Primary3:26 - 24.4.2017

Congratulations to our member Vicki Madden!

#NSWWriteNight: Navigating Interactive Writing. Join our panel of #games and #interactive writers 1 May!…

Primary7:00 - 20.4.2017

Here are the 2017 Women In Games Awards finalists!

Come along to our Interactive Writing panel May 1. Narrative designer, Anna Irwin-Schutze will also be on our panel!

Writing for interactive media and games isn't your usual screenwriting. Get along to this Write Night and find out…

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild
Primary0:29 - 18.4.2017

NSW: WIN TICKETS TO TONIGHT'S ADVANCED SCREENING - email The Zookeeper’s Wife is an upcoming drama based on the real-life story and wartime diaries of Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by Jessica Chastain), a Polish woman and working mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. The film is directed by Niki Caro and adapted from the book ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ by Diane Ackerman, and is due for release in Australian cinemas on the 4th of May.

Join writer, director & creative producer, Teresa Crea, May 1 for our exciting Interactive Writing panel! Details:

Thanks to @AWG_1 Victoria for a great night out with a fantastic panel of women talking about how to break into TV writing #amwriting

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

Great talk tonight with the @AWG_1 about how to get a job in TV! So good to see a panel of such awesome ladies…

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild
Primary7:02 - 12.4.2017

VIC: Tonight! How to get your first job in TV with @nikiaken, Lauren Merolli and Leisl Egan. Don't miss out!

Primary2:45 - 11.4.2017

We are hiring!

Primary0:53 - 11.4.2017

Congratulation Penelope Chai and Philip Tarl Denson !

#NSWWriteNight Navigating Interactive Writing. Join our panel of games and interactive writers May 1.…

Primary6:00 - 10.4.2017

NSW: Navigating Interactive Writing Writing for interactivity can present many challenges to the newcomer, and involves shedding a lot of what we’ve always been taught about storytelling. Are beginning, middle, and end, really essential? Do we need to move in straight lines anymore? Is conflict really essential? Join our panel of games and interactive writers as they lead you through the basics of changing your mindset to level up your writing by including interactivity and reader agency into your stories! Where: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern st, Redfern, NSW When: Monday 1 May 6.30 pm for 7 pm start, the venue bar will be open especially for us!

Adelaide Film Festival & @AWG_1 entries open for unproduced screenplays! Check the link below:

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

VIC: Join us this Wednesday for How to Get Your First Job in TV with @nikiaken, Lauren Merolli and Leisl Egan

In Sydney on May 1st? Interested in interactive storytelling? I’ll be on a panel for the Australian Writers Guild:

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild
Primary8:04 - 6.4.2017

Congratulations to all nominated for the 2017 Directors' Guild Awards!

Australian Writers’ Guild & Adelaide Film Festival Launch ‘Insite Award’

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild
Primary2:00 - 6.4.2017

Grab the last spots in John Collee's 1-day WRITING FOR HOLLYWOOD with AFTRS Open in which the veteran screenwriter (Happy Feet, Master & Commdander) shares his 20 years of experience. (30 April 2017) Details:

Primary1:49 - 6.4.2017

Adelaide Film Festival and the Australian Writers' Guild have launched the prestigious Australian screenwriting development initiative, the INSITE Award. Established to unearth feature film screenwriting talent, the INSITE Award is presented to the writer of a screenplay which has not yet secured a producer or funding. The call is now open for AWG members to submit a synopsis and writing sample of an unproduced screenplay to INSITE. Entries for the 2017 INSITE Award are open until Wednesday 3 May 2017 and the winner will be announced during the Adelaide Film Festival, 5–15 October 2017.

The @sydfilmfest 2017 Preview Program has landed! Explore the first 28 films now. Book a Flexipass + save.…

Primary1:09 - 5.4.2017

The Sydney Film Festival 2017 preview program has landed! Explore the first 28 films from their 2017 Festival today. They’ve got an epic lineup of international festival hits, investigative documentaries, Australian indies and retrospective classics. In the meantime, book your Flexipasses and Subscriptions and mark your diaries! Find out more:

Primary4:18 - 4.4.2017

#Dubbo: There are still a few spots left in this great screenwriting workshop with AFTRS lecturer Holly Lyons! You will learn the basic tools and fundamentals of screenwriting from an industry professional who currently lectures at a leading Sydney Film School. This course will focus on screenwriting for short films, but you will will receive skills and tools that can also be used for feature length films. When: April 8-9 2017, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Where: Dubbo College South Campus, Boundary Road, Dubbo Lunch included For more information and tickets:

Primary0:23 - 31.3.2017

Get ready for Sydney Film Festival 2017! The Festival will run from 7–18 June but you don’t have to wait that long to experience some of the program. See a sneak peak of the first 25 films from their 2017 Program next Wednesday. Book a Festival subscription or Flexipass to experience the best of the festival and save.

Primary22:40 - 28.3.2017

Primary23:25 - 21.3.2017

DUBBO: Two Day Screenwriting Workshop with AFTRS lecturer, Holly Lyons You will learn the basic tools and fundamentals of screenwriting from an industry professional who currently lectures at a leading Sydney Film School. This course will focus on screenwriting for short films, but you will will receive skills and tools that can also be used for feature length films. When: April 8-9 2017, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Where: Dubbo College South Campus, Boundary Road, Dubbo Lunch included For more information and tickets:

Primary2:23 - 21.3.2017

Primary1:25 - 15.3.2017

© Australian Writer's Guild 2017. All Rights Reserved.
ACN: 002 563 500

Level 4, 70 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000
t: 02 9319 0339
f: 02 9223 8933