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Australian television script-writer.

MacWhirter got her start in script-writing as a junior copy-writer in a Brisbane radio station, while also scripting short pieces for local television stations. Although the majority of Australian television at that time was written and filmed in Sydney and Melbourne, MacWhirter was eventually offered a job in the Queensland Film and Television Office, on the strength of a state governement initiative to encourage the production of television in Queensland.

MacWhirter wrote for a number of Jonathan M. Shiff Productions television programs, beginning with the award-winning Ocean Girl. She has subsequently become a long-serving Neighbours script-writer.

Source: Interview with Helen MacWhirter (part one: http://perfectblend.net/features/interview-macwhirter.htm and part two: http://perfectblend.net/features/interview-macwhirter2.htm). (Sighted: 17/2/2012)

Awards for Works

Mortified 2006-2007 series - publisher film/TV children's fantasy

Mortified follows the trevails of eleven-year-old Taylor Fry, as she copes with the general embarrassment of having parents, as well as being annoyed by her sister, jealous of her neighbour, and completely oblivious to her best friend's crush on her. The program inserts some fantasy elements into the otherwise straight comedy-drama by having Taylor speak directly to the camera, using elaborate fantasy sequences to explore her daydreams, and showing her over-active imagination as bringing seemingly inanimate objects to life.

Mortified was the last major work of television producer and screenwriter Angela Webber before her early death in 2007.

2006 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Screenplay in Television For episode 1
Neighbours 1985 series - publisher film/TV

A daily television drama series set in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough, Neighbours chronicles the lives of the residents of Ramsay Street. The series initially revolved around three families: the Ramsays (at number 24 Ramsay Street), the Robinsons (at number 26), and the Clarkes (at number 28). The scope of the series has since broadened to include new Ramsay Street familes.

1990 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1989 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1988 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
1987 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
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