In which a mere award symbolises the rise of a terrifying force

Imagination will not be defeated. Witness the power of John Hinde beyond the grave, boosting science fiction in local screen production.

Conventional Australian filmmakers seem to think that fantasy and science fiction will give creatives the boils. There’s been plenty of fightback, including the fabulous work of the Spierig Brothers. Inevitably the writers and directors with those visionary passions went to Hollywood.

John Hinde, veteran broadcaster and science fiction afficionado left enough money to the Australian Writers’ Guild in his will to set up an annual award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing, which offers $10,000 for the best produced script and $5000 worth of professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.