Nominees announced for the 54th AWGIE Awards

Writers of The Dry, Nitram, Here Out West, The Great and Fisk are among those nominated for the awards for Australian writers for screen and stage.
writers of Here Out West

The Australian Writers’ Guild has announced the nominees for the 54th AWGIE Awards which recognise and reward the talents and contributions of Australian writers for the screen and stage. First presented in 1968, the AWGIE Awards are the only writers’ awards judged solely by writers, based on the written script, thereby judging the writer’s intention rather than the finished product.

This year’s winners will be presented via an online ceremony broadcast on Tuesday 7 December 2021, in an event that will be free to watch via YouTube. Awards will be presented across 19 individual categories, including feature film, television, documentary, theatre, audio, animation and children’s television. Individual category winners will be eligible for the Major Award, given to the most outstanding script of the year.

Commenting on the nominees, the AWGIE Award judging coordinators said: ‘There’s no doubt the last eighteen months have been extraordinarily challenging for the whole country. The arts have been hit particularly hard, so it’s heartening to see that the standard and ambition of Australian performance writing continues to excel. These nominations represent just some of the great work done by our members, and we’re proud to see that talent and resilience rewarded.’

NOMINEES FOR THE 54TH AWGIE AWARDS

FEATURE FILM – ORIGINAL
Falling for Figaro – Ben Lewin with Allen Palmer
Here Out West – Nisrine Amine, Bina Bhattacharya, Matias Bolla, Claire Cao, Arka Das, Dee
Duygu Dogan, Vonne Patiag and Tien Tran
Nitram – Shaun Grant
The Furnace – Roderick MacKay

FEATURE FILM – ADAPTATION
Babyteeth – Rita Kalnejais
The Dry – Harry Cripps and Robert Connolly

SHORT FILM
Ayaan – Alies Sluiter
The Last Elephant on Earth – Piri Eddy
The Moogai – Jon Bell

DOCUMENTARY – PUBLIC BROADCAST (INCLUDING VOD) OR EXHIBITION
Ablaze – Alec Morgan with Tiriki Onus
Firestarter – Nel Minchin and Wayne Blair
Playing With Sharks – Sally Aitken
The Skin of Others – Tom Murray

DOCUMENTARY – COMMUNITY, EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING (OR OTHERWISE
COMMISSIONED TO A SPECIFIC BRIEF)

Small Changes – Peter Flynn
The Case for Group Work: Students Give Their Verdict – George Catsi with Ari Kwasner-Catsi
and Zac Perry
Water Safety with Kangaroo Beach – Tim Bain

TELEVISION – SERIAL
Home and Away: Episode 7433 – Andrew Gardner
Neighbours: Episode 8328 – Jessica Paine
Neighbours: Episode 8367 – Peter Mattessi
Neighbours: Episode 8498 – Jason Herbison

TELEVISION – SERIES OR MINISERIES OF MORE THAN 4 HOURS DURATION, INCLUDING
ORIGINAL AND ADAPTED WORKS

Five Bedrooms: Season 2, ‘Twenty-Seven Weeks’ – Michael Lucas with Christine Bartlett
The Great: Season 1, ‘A Pox on Hope’ – Tony McNamara and Gretel Vella
The Great: Season 1, ‘The Beaver’s Nose’ – Tony McNamara
Wakefield: Season 1, Episode 5 – Sam Meikle
Wentworth: Season 8, ‘The Unknown Terrorist’ – Kim Wilson

TELEVISION – TELEMOVIE OR MINISERIES OF 4 HOURS OR LESS DURATION, INCLUDING
ORIGINAL AND ADAPTED WORKS

A Sunburnt Christmas – Elliot Vella, Gretel Vella and Timothy Walker
New Gold Mountain – Peter Cox, Yolanda Ramke, Benjamin Law, Greg Waters and Pip
Karmel

CHILDREN’S TELEVISION – ‘P’ CLASSIFICATION (PRESCHOOL – UNDER 5 YEARS), ORIGINAL
OR ADAPTED, ANIMATED OR PERFORMED

Kangaroo Beach: Season 1, ‘The Shark Prank’ – Simon Dodd and Tristan Dodd
Pocoyo: Season 4, ‘The Remote Control’ – Lina Foti
The Wonder Gang: Season 1, ‘Are Jellyfish Really Fish?’ – Wendy Hanna

CHILDREN’S TELEVISION – ‘C’ CLASSIFICATION (CHILDREN’S – 5–14 YEARS), ORIGINAL OR
ADAPTED, ANIMATED OR PERFORMED
Hardball: Season 2, ‘Matariki’ – Amy Stewart
The Gamers 2037: Season 1, ‘The Decision’ – Hannah Fitzpatrick
The Strange Chores: Season 2, ‘Unmask a Shapeshifter’ – John McGeachin
The Strange Chores: Season 2, ‘Wear a Mech Suit’ – Luke Tierney

COMEDY – SITUATION OR NARRATIVE
Aftertaste: Season 1, ‘The Beauty and the Terroir’ – Matthew Bate
Fisk: Season 1, ‘Portrait of a Lady’ – Penny Flanagan with Kitty Flanagan
Retrograde: Season 1, Episode 3 – Declan Fay
Why Are You Like This: Season 1, ‘The Pressures of Late Capitalism’ – Mark Bonanno, Naomi
Higgins and Humyara Mahbub

COMEDY – SKETCH OR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Gruen: Season 12, ‘Tools and Boots for Tools’ – James Colley and Sophie Braham
Reputation Rehab: Season 1, ‘Nick Kyrgios – The Bad Boy of Tennis’ – Sophie Braham with
Kirsten Drysdale, Zoe Norton Lodge and Melina Wicks
The Feed: ‘Comedy Sketches 2020’ – Ben Jenkins, Alex Lee, Jenna Owen and Victoria Zerbst

ANIMATION
Space Nova: Season 1, ‘Pamela Barnacle is Alive and Well’ – Melanie Alexander
Space Nova: Season 1, ‘Seaweed Samba’ – John Armstrong

WEB SERIES AND OTHER NON-BROADCAST/NON-‘SUBSCRIPTION VIDEO ON DEMAND’ TV
SHORT WORKS

Ding Dong I’m Gay: Season 1, ‘Easier Said Than Cum’ – Tim Spencer with Zoe Norton Lodge
Love Bug: Season 2 – Imogen McCluskey
The Tailings: Season 1, Episode 5 and Episode 6 – Caitlin Richardson

AUDIO
CrossBread: ‘In The Beginning’ – Declan Fay with Chris Ryan and Megan Washington
Performing the Past: ‘1919’ – Kate Rice
The Right Fit: Episodes 1–4 – Ross Mueller

STAGE
Cursed! – Kodie Bedford
Hecate – Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn] with Dr Clint Bracknell
Sunshine Super Girl: The Evonne Goolagong Story – Andrea James
Wonnangatta – Angus Cerini

COMMUNITY AND YOUTH THEATRE
Only one nomination and the winner will be announced on the night

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Claire Della and the Moon – Jamie Hornsby with Ellen Graham
Magic Beach – Finegan Kruckemeyer

MUSIC THEATRE
Only one nomination and the winner will be announced on the night

This year, the Guild is encouraging all supporters of Australian writing talent to take action to protect and support Australia’s screen sector by contacting your MP and senators and signing up for news via the Make It Australian campaign

For more information on the 54th AWGIE Awards visit The Australian Writers’ Guild.

Rochelle Siemienowicz is a journalist for Screenhub. She is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram