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Born: Established: 1969 ;
Gender: Male
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Film and television script-writer.

Blake Ayshford studied playwriting at the University of Technology, Sydney, and starting writing for television with scripts for Home and away in 1988.

However, his best-known works have come in the last decade. Between 2004 and 2006, he wrote a succession of scripts for such programs as The Cooks (2004-2005), The Alice (2005), Love My Way (2006), and McLeod's Daughters (2005-2006). One of his scripts for The Cooks won the Queensland Premier's Literary Award (for television).

Between 2006 and 2009, Ayshford wrote for long-running hospital drama All Saints, a script-writing stint that he followed with work on My Place (2009), Crownies (2011), and The Straits (2012). One of his scripts for The Straits was nominated for the Queensland Literary Awards.

Ayshford adapted An Accidental Soldier (broadcast in 2013), based on the Miles Franklin Award-nominated book Silent Parts by John Charalambous, produced by Kylie du Fresne (producer of The Sapphires and Lockie Leonard) and directed by Rachel Ward.

In 2018, Ayshford had success in the UK with episodes of the Welsh-set supernatural thriller Requiem, created and largely written by fellow Australian Kris Mrksa. He followed this with the adaptation of British novelist Louise Doughty's thriller Whatever You Love, set to star David Morrissey. 2018 also saw the release of Ayshford's Fighting Season, following the return of Australian soldiers from Afghanistan.

His work as a script editor includes All Saints (2006-2009), the film Restraint (2009), and the television series I Rock (2010).

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon Barracuda ( dir. Robert Connolly ) Australia : Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd , 2016 8569798 2016 series - publisher film/TV

'Based on the book of the same name by Christos Tsiolkas, Barracuda follows young Olympic hopeful, Danny Kelly, as he deals with the pressure of obsession.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2016 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Telefeature or Mini Series
2016 winner AWGIE Awards Television Mini-Series - Adaptation
form y separately published work icon Devil's Playground ( dir. Rachel Ward et. al. )agent Australia : Matchbox Pictures , 2014 Z1912252 2014 series - publisher film/TV '1988. Thirty-five years after Fred Schepisi's film The Devil's Playground, Tom Allen, now a psychiatrist, becomes a secular confessor to the Catholic clergy, and is soon embroiled in political and theological intrigue.' (Source: Screen Australia)
2014 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Telefeature or Mini Series
2014 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Television Mini-Series - Original
form y separately published work icon Cut Snake ( dir. Tony Ayres ) Australia : Matchbox Pictures , 2014 Z1912214 2014 single work film/TV

'Set in the mid-1970s, Cut Snake tells the story of twenty-something Sparra Farrell, a very private man who is trying to start a new life in Melbourne. He has found honest work and becomes engaged to the beautiful Paula. But his past catches up with him and threatens his new life when the charismatic Pommie tracks him down. Sparra finds himself sucked back into a world that he thought he had left behind.' (Source: SBS website)

2015 shortlisted Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Original Screenplay
2014 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Film Award Original
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