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Laura Jones Laura Jones i(A22905 works by)
Born: Established: 1951 ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Laura Jones adapted novels by overseas writers to the screen including An Angel at My Table (1990), A Thousand Acres (1997), Angela's Ashes (1999), Possession, (2002) and Brick Lane (2007) as well as The Portrait of a Lady (1996) which was published as a screenplay in 1996. Awards include the 1990 New Zealand Film and TV Awards Best Screenplay and the 1990 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award Script Writing Award (co award) for An Angel at My Table and a Golden Satellite Award nomination in 1997 for Best Motion Picture Screenplay Adaptation for The Portrait of a Lady. Laura Jones also wrote scripts for television and television series in the 1970s and 1980s including for the ABC's Certain Women. She wrote an unfilmed screen adaptation of Jessica Anderson's novel Tirra Lirra by the River.

Laura Jones is the daughter of Jessica Anderson (q.v.)

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

1996 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Australian Film Institute Awards Byron Kennedy Award For her consistent and passionate pursuit of excellence as a screenwriter. Her rigour and integrity serve to inspire all those who work with her.

Awards for Works

Oscar and Lucinda 1997 single work film/TV

In England during the early 1800s, Oscar, a young but good-hearted misfit, believes that God has given him a sign to leave his father and his faith and join the Church of England while Lucinda, a teenaged Australian heiress, has a strong desire to liberate her sex from the confines of male-dominated culture. She buys a glass factory, and dreams of building a church made almost entirely of glass and then transporting it to the Australian outback. Oscar and Lucinda meet on a ship going to Australia; once there, they are each ostracised from society for different reasons, and join forces. Since both are passionate gamblers, Lucinda bets Oscar her entire inheritance that he cannot transport the glass church to the outback safely. Oscar accepts her wager, and this leads to the events that change both their lives forever.

1997 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Adapted Screenplay
The Well 1997 single work film/TV fantasy

Katherine works on an isolated farm run by Hester and Hester's father Francis. Unhappy because of her heavy workload, Katherine wants to leave. Hester doesn't want her to go, because she is attracted to her younger friend. She manages to convince Katherine to stay by promising to give her less work in the future. When old Francis dies, Hester sells the farm for cash, and she and Katherine move to a small cottage on the farm's edge, from where they plan a trip to Europe. A tragic accident and the theft of their money changes their plans.

1997 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Adapted Screenplay
1997 winner Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Screenplay - Adapted
The Portrait of a Lady 1994 single work film/TV

Film based on Henry James's 1880-1881 novel about a young American woman travelling through Europe and attempting to negotiate both marriage and independence.

1997 nominated USC Scripter Award International Awards University of Southern California Scripter Award
1997 nominated International Awards International Press Academy Satellite Awards Best Motion Picture Screenplay: Adaptation
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