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  • This Award has been called variously the Film or Feature category. It has been awarded in several sub-categories which have varied over the life of the Award. Regular awards are given for an Original film, an Adaptation and for a Short Film.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2016

winner (Short Form) form y separately published work icon Slingshot David Hansen , ( dir. David Hansen ) Australia : The Perfect World , 2015 10271929 2015 single work film/TV

Year: 2015

winner (Original) form y separately published work icon The Water Diviner Andrew Knight , Andrew Anastasios , ( dir. Russell Crowe ) Australia : Fear of God Films Hopscotch Features , 2014 6978350 2014 single work film/TV

An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.

joint winner (Adaptation) form y separately published work icon Holding the Man Tommy Murphy , ( dir. Neil Armfield ) Australia : Goalpost Pictures , 2015 7793845 2015 single work film/TV

'In the 1970s, a young Australian boy, Timothy, finds himself confused. He falls for the captain of the football team. What follows shows all aspects of a relationship, regardless of gender or sexual preference. Conflict, temptation, and a huge burden which will affect every aspect of their lives.' (Production summary: IMDB)

With Ruben Guthrie.
joint winner (Adaptation) form y separately published work icon Ruben Guthrie Brendan Cowell , ( dir. Brendan Cowell ) Australia : Scarlett Pictures , 2015 8474049 2015 single work film/TV

A hard-drinking advertising executive is given a second chance by his long-suffering girlfriend, on condition that he stays away from alcohol for a year.

With Holding the Man

Year: 2014

winner (Original) form y separately published work icon 52 Tuesdays Matthew Cormack , Sophie Hyde , ( dir. Sophie Hyde ) Australia : Closer Productions , 2014 6778858 2014 single work film/TV

'16-year-old Billie's reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Filmed over the course of a year, once a week, every week - only on Tuesdays - these unique filmmaking rules bring a rare authenticity to this emotionally charged exploration of desire, responsibility and transformation.'

winner (Short Film) form y separately published work icon Baby Baby Billie Pleffer , ( dir. Billie Pleffer ) Australia : Emerald Productions , 2014 7799706 2014 single work film/TV fantasy

Two warring tribes must see past their differences in order the survive.

Year: 2012

winner (Original) form y separately published work icon Not Suitable for Children Michael Lucas , ( dir. Peter Templeman ) Australia : Wild Eddie Exit Films Frame, Set and Match , 2012 Z1859553 2012 single work film/TV

'If your twenties is the party decade, then Jonah Reid (Ryan Kwanten) is one very high achiever. Impulsive and charismatic, Jonah lives in a crumbling inner-city share-house, surviving off the proceeds of the massive, anarchic house-parties he hosts every week with his best mate Gus (Ryan Corr). All financial considerations and life administration he outsources to fellow housemate Stevie (Sarah Snook).

In the wake of an unfortunate discovery during a one-night-stand, Jonah is diagnosed with testicular cancer. Assured that his life is not at risk, he is warned that his impending treatment will render him totally and permanently infertile. A shell-shocked Jonah goes directly to the sperm bank in an effort to preserve his parenting future, but when his samples fail to freeze effectively, he is left with just one option for parenthood - natural conception. Within the next four weeks!

Suddenly the party maestro ... has a convulsive shift in priorities. With paternal instincts firing, Jonah becomes determined to procreate before it's too late. He barrels back to his ex-girlfriends - starting with Ava (Bojana Novakovic) - but after failing to convince her to drop her life and offer her womb, Jonah contacts just about every girl he has ever known (and some he doesn't) before being given a reality check by Stevie.

Advising him to ditch the ex-girlfriend strategy and cut out the emotional complications, Stevie assesses his options with razor-sharp frankness, lining up candidates and brokering meetings. But as Stevie's efforts as a 'womb agent' stall, and time ticks away... Jonah soon realises that the perfect candidate might be closer than anyone would think.' (Source: Village Roadshow website)

winner (Adaptation) form y separately published work icon The Sapphires Keith Thompson , Tony Briggs , ( dir. Wayne Blair ) Australia : Goalpost Pictures , 2012 Z1809626 2012 single work film/TV (taught in 1 units) 'Gail, Cynthia, Julie and Kay are sexy, black, young and talented - and they've never set foot outside Australia. Until, in the chaos of 1968, they're plucked from the obscurity of a remote Aboriginal mission, branded as Australia's answer to The Supremes, and - grasping the chance of a lifetime - dropped into the jungles of Vietnam to entertain the troops.' Source: (Sighted 26/09/2011).

Year: 2011

winner (Adaptation) form y separately published work icon Snowtown The Snowtown Murders Shaun Grant , ( dir. Justin Kurzel ) Australia : Warp Films Australia , 2010 Z1679026 2010 single work film/TV crime horror

Sixteen-year-old Jamie feels isolated by the poverty of his surroundings, his lack of a father figure, and his mother's preoccupation with his younger, more demanding brothers. So when he falls in with the charismatic and much older John, he is slowly drawn into John's world of homophobia, violence, and murder.

winner (Original) form y separately published work icon Burning Man Jonathan Teplitzky , ( dir. Jonathan Teplitzky ) Australia United Kingdom (UK) : Archer Street Productions Latitude Media Meercat Films , 2011 Z1800334 2011 single work film/TV

'A chef finds his life in crisis after a personal tragedy.'

Source: Australian Screen.

winner (Short Film) form y separately published work icon Heck Lisa Hoppe , Bobbie Waterman , ( dir. Tanya Goldberg ) Australia : 2010 Z1832145 2010 single work film/TV

'An elderly couple decide to take fate into their own hands, but their planned trip to Mexico to end their lives unravels in an unexpected way.'

Source: Screen Australia.

Works About this Award

NT Award to Yuendumu Film-Maker 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 3 October no. 536 2012; (p. 50)
'Aboriginal film-maker from the central Australian Community of Yuendumu has taken out a major Northern Territory arts honour' (Source: Koori Mail, issue 536, 2012)
Message Sticks Festival at the Sydney Opera House 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 4 April no. 523 2012; (p. 28-29)
Samson and Delilah Director Picks Up Another Award 2009 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 3 September vol. 8 no. 185 2009; (p. 11)