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Winners

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
2015 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
2015 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.
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.

2014 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.

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.'

2012 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: www.encoremagazine.com.au/ (Sighted 26/09/2011).
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)

2011 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.

2011 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.

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.

2010 winner Screenplay Adaptation form y separately published work icon Balibo David Williamson , Robert Connolly , ( dir. Robert Connolly ) Australia : 2008 Z1521564 2008 single work film/TV mystery thriller crime (taught in 2 units)

'Jose Ramos Horta, twenty-five years old in 1975, and a member of the Fretilin Government, lures Darwin-based Australian journalist Roger East to East Timor to investigate the disappearance of the 'Balibo Five' - journalists Greg Shackleton, Gary Cunningham and Tony Stewart (Ch9) and from their rival network Brian Peters and Malcolm Rennie (Ch7).

On the morning of October 16, all five men, though identifying themselves as journalists from Australia, are killed in cold blood by the invading Indonesian troops, and their bodies burnt. East does not accept the official story that soon emerges, that the men were killed in cross-fire. Horta and East travel from Dili to Balibo, now occupied during the daytime by Indonesian forces, to try and uncover the truth of the journalists' death.

Back in Dili, East decides to stay on while other journalists are evacuated, in the knowledge that Indonesian forces will soon land in the capital. The very next day Indonesian paratroopers and commandos land from the sea and immediately capture East who is reporting the invasion. Defiant to the end, East is executed the next day on the Dili wharf by an Indonesian execution squad.' Source: http://film.vic.gov.au (Sighted 12/08/2008).

2010 winner Original Screenplay form y separately published work icon Animal Kingdom David Michôd , ( dir. David Michôd ) Australia : Porchlight Films , 2010 Z1686698 2010 single work film/TV crime (taught in 2 units)

Inspired in part by Melbourne's 1988 Walsh Street murders, Animal Kingdom is a story about the battle between Melbourne's underworld and the police. The story tracks seventeen-year-old Joshua 'J' Cody, a troubled teenager perilously caught between his own criminal family and Detective Leckie, a compromised cop who thinks that he can save 'J'. 'J' comes to realise that in order to survive, he must determine how the game is played. This involves not only writing his own rule book but also choosing his place in the cunning and brutal animal kingdom in which his family lives.

2009 winner Feature Film Original form y separately published work icon Samson and Delilah Warwick Thornton , ( dir. Warwick Thornton ) Scarlett Pictures CAAMA Productions , 2009 Z1561915 2009 single work film/TV (taught in 9 units)

'Samson and Delilah tells the story of two Aboriginal teenagers in a remote community. They live in a sparse environment but one that absorbs all manner of cultural influences, where dot painting and country music exist side by side. Samson gets through his days by sniffing, while Delilah is the caregiver for her nana before taking a moment for herself to listen to Latino music. Their journey ranges across many of the most urgent issues concerning Indigenous people in Australia, homelessness, poverty, domestic violence and substance abuse, but it does so with tenderness, dignity, and even humour.'

Source: Adelaide Film Festival website, www.adelaidefilmfestival.org/ Sighted: 23/02/2009

2009 winner Feature Film Adaptation form y separately published work icon Blessed Andrew Bovell , Patricia Cornelius , Melissa Reeves , Christos Tsiolkas , ( dir. Ana Kokkinos ) Australia : Blessed Film Productions Head Gear Films Wildheart Zizani Screen Australia Film Victoria , 2009 Z1608662 2009 single work film/TV

Seven children wander the streets of Melbourne at night, while their mothers await their return.

2008 winner Adaptation form y separately published work icon Disgrace Anna-Maria Monticelli , ( dir. Steve Jacobs ) Australia : Sherman Films Whitest Pouring Films Fortissimo Films , 2007 Z1410365 2007 single work film/TV 'Professor David Lurie's life falls apart after he has an impulsive affair with one of his students. Forced to resign from the university he escapes to his daughter's farm. The relationship is tested when they both become victims of a vicious attack.' Source: www.afc.gov.au/ (Sighted 21/07/2007).
2008 winner Feature Original form y separately published work icon The Black Balloon Elissa Down , Jimmy Jack , ( dir. Elissa Down ) Australia : Black Balloon Productions , 2008 Z1481112 2008 single work film/TV

'When Thomas (Rhys Wakefield) and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, all he wants is to fit in. When his pregnant mother (Toni Collette) has to take things easy, his father Simon (Erik Thomson) puts him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie (Luke Ford). Thomas, with the help of his new girlfriend Jackie (Gemma Ward), faces his biggest challenge yet. Charlie’s unusual antics take Thomas on an emotional journey that causes his pent-up frustrations about his brother to pour out - in a story that is funny, confronting, and ultimately heart-warming. The Black Balloon is a story about fitting in, discovering love and accepting your family.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2007 joint winner Original form y separately published work icon Clubland Introducing the Dwights Keith Thompson , ( dir. Cherie Nowlan ) Australia : Goalpost Pictures Shaftsbury Films , 2006 Z1399798 2006 single work film/TV

'Life can be tough when you’re 21-years-old, and still a virgin. Just ask Tim. The girl of his dreams has just walked into his life, and things should be looking up, except a few small problems stand between him and the perfect romance: his mum, his dad and the family business… show business. Welcome to CLUBLAND. A family love story that will defy your expectations.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 4/2/2014)

2007 joint winner Original form y separately published work icon The Home Song Stories Tony Ayres , ( dir. Tony Ayres ) Australia : Big and Little Films , 2007 Z1390692 2007 single work film/TV (taught in 4 units)

'This is the true story of Rose, a glamorous Shanghai nightclub singer, who struggles to survive in '70s Australia with two young children. Based on writer/director Tony Ayres' own life, The Home Song Stories is an epic tale of mothers and sons, mothers and daughters, unrequited love, secrets and betrayal.'

Source: Australian Film Commission. (Sighted: 8/10/2014)

2007 winner Adaptation form y separately published work icon December Boys Marc Rosenberg , ( dir. Rod Hardy ) Australia : Becker Films , 2006 Z1226930 2006 single work film/TV

'1960s outback Australia. Four boys in a convent orphanage watch younger kids leave with newly adopted parents, fearing their time may never come. The Reverend Mother sends them to the seaside where they meet a young autocratic couple that would make perfect parents. As men, they remember sabotaging each other’s efforts to be the chosen one, only to discover that the real meaning of what it is to be a family, is to be one of the December Boys.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2006 winner Original form y separately published work icon Suburban Mayhem Alice Bell , ( dir. Paul Goldman ) 2006 Australia : Suburban Mayhem Pty Ltd , 2006 Z1301938 2006 single work film/TV crime (taught in 2 units)

'Can a girl really get everything she wants? Welcome to the world of Katrina, a 19-year-old mum who believes she can. Katrina inhabits a world of petty crime, manicures and fast cars - and she'll stop at nothing to get what she wants, even murder.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2006 winner Adaptation form y separately published work icon Candy Luke Davies , Neil Armfield , ( dir. Neil Armfield ) Australia : Renaissance Films , 2006 6618158 2006 single work film/TV

'Based on the critically acclaimed bestseller, CANDY is the powerful story of two lovers whose intersecting lives take them on a journey of lust, addiction and self-destruction.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2005 winner Feature form y separately published work icon Ra Choi Michael Frank , ( dir. Michael Frank ) 2005 Australia : Makovision Films , 2005 Z1221013 2005 single work film/TV crime

'Set in the suburbs of Sydney, RA CHOI is the story of four street kids - Dac Kien, Lahn, Trinh, and Lucy, who cannot survive without each other's support. A Vietnamese expression that means 'coming out to play', 'ra choi' also refers to an immersion into street life.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 29/1/2014)

2004 winner Original form y separately published work icon Somersault More Than Scarlet Cate Shortland , ( dir. Cate Shortland ) Australia : Red Carpet Productions , 2004 Z1153215 2004 single work film/TV (taught in 2 units)

'A visually haunting story of an adolescent girl's discovery of the difference between sex and love in the winter landscape of an Australian ski resort town.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2003 winner Feature Film - Original form y separately published work icon Japanese Story Alison Tilson , Fitzroy : Gecko Films , 2002 (Manuscript version)x401999 Z1498780 2002 single work film/TV (taught in 10 units)

'Sandy, a geologist, finds herself stuck on a field trip to the Pilbara desert with a Japanese man she finds inscrutable, annoying and decidedly arrogant. Hiromitsu's view of her is not much better. Things go from bad to worse when they become stranded in one of the most remote regions on earth. JAPANESE STORY is a journey of change and discovery for its two lead characters.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2003 winner Adaptation form y separately published work icon The Rage in Placid Lake Tony McNamara , ( dir. Tony McNamara ) Australia : Rapacious Pictures , 2003 Z1061504 2003 single work film/TV humour

'Placid Lake is a kid who follows his instincts; follows them so far they lead him to convalescing in a full body cast and pondering whether following your heart is good for your health. Deciding it isn't, he must take the road more travelled. Be normal, fit in. Even if it kills you.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 4/12/2013)

2002 winner Original Screenplay form y separately published work icon The Tracker Rolf De Heer , ( dir. Rolf De Heer ) Australia : Vertigo Productions , 2002 Z1036534 2002 single work film/TV (taught in 4 units)

'A set of mountain ranges in the outback, 1922 ... horseback country, and the Fanatic leads the two other white men, the Follower and the Philosopher, and the Tracker, in the pursuit of the Fugitive. Through massacre and murder the hunt continues, until the clear-cut notions of truth and justice are subverted and the questions become not will the Fugitive be caught, but what is black and what is white and who is leading whom?'

Source: Screen Australia.

2001 winner Feature Film - Original form y separately published work icon Mullet David Caesar , ( dir. David Caesar ) Australia : Porchlight Films , 2001 Z1848589 2001 single work film/TV 'Returning to his small hometown after a sudden 3 year absence, Eddie Maloney isn't welcomed back with open arms. His parents and sister have mixed feelings about his return, and his ex-girlfriend Tully has since moved on to marry his brother Pete. Though he wants to pick up his life where he left off, Eddie realizes his homecoming won't be so easy.' (Source: http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/mullet/#)
1999 winner Short Film form y separately published work icon Pilbara Pearl Sarah Rossetti , ( dir. Christopher R. Watson ) Australia : 1999 16997987 1999 single work film/TV
1998 winner Feature Film - Original form y separately published work icon Dead Letter Office Deb Cox , ( dir. John Ruane ) Australia : Polygram Filmed Entertainment , 1998 7072222 1998 single work film/TV mystery romance

'In the Dead Letter Office sit thousands of fading dreams - correspondence dislocated from destination. It is here that Alice, vulnerable and impetuous, starts a search for her long-absent father. But first she meets Frank, in hiding from his past. Frank teaches Alice how to salsa, and Alice - well she's the one who gets him dancing again in the first place. The Dead Letter Office. A funny place to find love.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 24/2/2014)

1997 winner Adaptation form y separately published work icon Blackrock Nick Enright , ( dir. Steven Vidler ) Sydney : Palm Beach Pictures , 1996 Z80151 1996 single work film/TV mystery crime During a welcome home party for a local surfing legend, a fifteen-year-old girl is gang-raped and beaten to death. When morning breaks and news of the murder circulates, the community is splintered by shame, deceit, and mistrust.
1996 winner Adaptation form y separately published work icon What I Have Written John Scott , ( dir. John Hughes ) Melbourne : Early Works , 1995 Z126531 1995 single work film/TV

What I Have Written explores masculinity, spectatorship, and the pornographic imagination. After Christopher Houghton suffers a stroke from which he is not expected to recover, his wife Sorel Atherton receives the manuscript of a novella written by her husband and 'leaked' to her by her husband's friend and university colleague, Jeremy Fayrfax. Sorel finds in these pages evidence of a life betrayed. While Christopher Houghton stares speechless and uncomprehending from his death bed, Fayrfax seeks a moment of truth.

1996 winner Original form y separately published work icon Shine Jan Sardi , ( dir. Scott Hicks ) 1996 Australia : Momentum Films , 1996 Z128198 1996 single work film/TV (taught in 3 units)

Shine is the true story of David Helfgott, a brilliant pianist whose musical gift is nearly compromised by the emotional strain of his personal life. A child prodigy whose interpretive genius promised a brilliant career as a concert pianist, David grew up under the tyrannical parenting of his father. Their turbulent relationship almost destroys David's promise and threatens his fragile mental balance. When an unlikely romance with a remarkable woman brings stability to David's chaotic world, he returns to concert performance in triumph. Freed from the difficult legacy of his father's influence, his musical talent prevails.

(Source: Libraries Australia)

1993 winner Adaptation form y separately published work icon No Worries David Holman , ( dir. David Elfick ) Sydney : Palm Beach Pictures , 1992 Z999377 1992 single work film/TV children's

A story of an Australian outback family's courage as they struggle on a drought-plagued farm. Forced from their land, the Bells move to the city, where their daughter Matilda has difficulty coping. However, her friendship with another dislocated little girl, a Vietnamese refugee, helps her to adapt.

1991 winner Best Original Screenplay form y separately published work icon Dingo Marc Rosenberg , ( dir. Rolf De Heer ) 1991 Australia Paris : Gevest Productions AO Productions , 1991 Z171883 1991 single work film/TV John 'Dingo' Anderson is a 'dogger' (dingo trapper) by day and trumpet player in a local band by night. His fascination with the instrument comes from a chance encounter as a child with Billy Cross, a legendary American jazz trumpeter: Cross played an impromptu concert on the tarmac of Poona Flat airport after his plane was forced to make an unscheduled stop. The young Anderson decides on the spot to become a trumpet player. Twenty years later, he has developed a unique style based on the sounds of the Australian bush, particularly the dingo, but he's still in Poona Flat. He dreams, however, of going to Paris to play with Cross. He has kept in touch with his idol, sending letters and tapes of his music. As he approaches his 30th birthday, John flies to Paris without telling his wife Jane. He wants to know if he's good enough. Billy Cross is now an ailing recluse, but he and his French wife take John in. John makes his solo debut at a famous club, and Billy comes out of retirement to join him on stage. John then returns to Poona Flat, in time for his 'surprise' birthday party.

[Source: Australian Screen]
1987 winner Adaptation form y separately published work icon Travelling North David Williamson , ( dir. Carl Schultz ) Sydney : View Films , 1986 Z948649 1986 single work film/TV

Travelling North is the story of a man's struggle to retain his dignity in the face of adversity and of his relationships with those around him. The narrative, with its King Lear overtones, revolves around Frank, a crotchety old man who nevertheless has an unending zest and passion for life, and his companion Frances. As events unfold, she watches helplessly as Frank attempts to come to terms with the complexity of his personality and his strong desire to live his remaining days to the fullest.

1982 winner Original form y separately published work icon Winter of Our Dreams John Duigan , ( dir. John Duigan ) Sydney : Vega Films , 1981 7872571 1981 single work film/TV

'Lou, a prostitute, meets Rob, a bookstore owner, when he investigates the suicide of an old girlfriend from his radical activist student days. She also encounters Rob's wife, Gretel, and is shocked by their 'swinging' lifestyle in which each partner casually takes lovers.'

Source: Screen Australia.

1980 winner Adaptation form y separately published work icon Fatty Finn Bob Ellis , Chris McGill , ( dir. Maurice Murphy ) Australia : Children's Film Corporation Finn Productions , 1980 7253813 1980 single work film/TV children's adventure

'Fatty Finn, head of the neighbourhood nice-guys, has a final confrontation with Bruiser Murphy and his gang of toughs with comic results.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 15/4/2014)

1979 winner Best Film Adaptation form y separately published work icon Tim Colleen McCullough's Tim Michael Pate , ( dir. Michael Pate ) 1979 Melbourne : Pisces Productions , 1979 Z1284497 1979 single work film/TV

The love story of a successful, middle-aged business woman and a young man with an intellectual disability.

1978 winner Feature Film–Original form y separately published work icon Dawn! Joy Cavill , ( dir. Ken Hannam ) Australia : Aquataurus Film Productions , 1979 7369686 1979 single work film/TV

'Based on the life of one of the world's greatest, most controversial and most loved sporting personalities, swimmer Dawn Fraser.'

Source: Screen Australia.

1975 winner form y separately published work icon They Don't Clap Losers John Power , ( dir. John Power ) Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1977 6994622 1977 single work film/TV

'A minor case of vandalism brings two lonely people together. Single parents Martin and Kay meet when their sons Joe and Stephen appear in the Children's Court on a delinquency charge. As their relationship deepens Martin tells Kay that he used to like being best in everything he did. But now, as a council worker in Sydney, living with his ageing mother, he has little ambition except for his greyhound which may win the money he needs to return to the country. Kay's marriage was a failure, breaking up shortly after her son was born.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 5/2/2014)

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