AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

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Best Adapted Screenplay
AACTA Award
Country Australia
Presented by Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
First awarded 1978
Currently held by Shaun Grant, Snowtown (2011)
Official website http://www.aacta.org

The AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is an award presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), for an Australian screenplay "based on material previously released or published".[1] Prior to the establishment of the Academy in 2011, the award was presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI) at the annual Australian Film Institute Awards (more commonly known as the AFI Awards).[2] It was first handed out in 1978 when the award for Best Screenplay (which was first presented at the 1974-75 awards) was split into two categories: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. The award has since been presented intermittently from 1978–1979, 1983–1987, 1989, 1993–2003, 2005–2006, and then from 2008–present.[2]

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the years listed correspond to the year of film release; the ceremonies are usually held the same year. The films and screenwriters in bold and in yellow background have won are the winners. Those that are neither highlighted nor in bold are the nominees. When sorted chronologically, the table always lists the winning screenplay first and then the other nominees.[3][4]

Contents
AFI Awards (1978-2010)
AACTA Awards (2011-present)
  Winner marked in a separate colour
Year Film Screenwriter(s) Based on
AFI Awards
1978
(20th)
The Getting of Wisdom Eleanor Witcombe The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
1978
(20th
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Fred Schepisi The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally
1978
(20th
The Mango Tree Michael Pate The Mango Tree by Ronald McKie
1978
(20th)
Weekend of Shadows Peter Yeldham Weekend of Shadows by Hugh Atkinson
1979
(21st)
My Brilliant Career Eleanor Witcombe My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
1979
(21st)
Money Movers Bruce Beresford Money Movers by Devon Minchin
1979
(21st)
The Last of the Knucklemen Tim Burstall The Last of the Knucklemen by John Power
1979
(21st)
Cathy's Child Ken Quinnell Cathy's Child by Dick Wordley
1983
(25th)
Careful, He Might Hear You Michael Jenkins Careful, He Might Hear You by Sumner Locke Elliott
1983
(25th)
Now and Forever Richard Cassidy Now and Forever by Danielle Steel
1983
(25th)
The Wild Duck Tutte Lemkow, Dido Merwin, Henri Safran and Peter Smalley The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
1983
(25th)
The Year of Living Dangerously C.J. Koch, Peter Weir and David Williamson The Year of Living Dangerously by Christopher Koch
1984
(26th)
Annie's Coming Out John Patterson and Chris Borthwick Annie's Coming Out by Rosemary Crossley and Anne McDonald
1984
(26th)
BMX Bandits Patrick Edgeworth
1984
(26th)
Razorback Everett De Roche Razorback by Peter Brennan
1984
(26th)
Strikebound Richard Lowenstein Dead Men Don't Dig Coal by Wendy Lowenstein
1985
(27th)
Bliss Peter Carey and Ray Lawrence Bliss by Peter Carey
1985
(27th)
An Indecent Obsession Denise Morgan An Indecent Obsession by Colleen McCullough
1985
(27th)
Rebel Michael Jenkins No Names . . . No Packdrill by Bob Herbert
1985
(27th)
The Coca-Cola Kid Frank Moorhouse The Americans, Baby and The Electrical Experience by Frank Moorhouse
1986
(28th)
The Fringe Dwellers Bruce Beresford and Rhoisin Beresford The Fringe Dwellers by Nene Gare
1986
(28th)
For Love Alone Stephen Wallace For Love Alone by Christina Stead
1986
(28th)
Kangaroo Evan Jones Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence
1986
(28th)
Playing Beatie Bow Peter Gawler Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park
1987
(29th)
Travelling North David Williamson Travelling North by David Williamson
1987
(29th)
Slate, Wyn & Me Don McLennan Slate, Wyn & Me by Georgia Savage
1987
(29th)
The Place at the Coast Hilary Furlong The Place at the Coast by Jane Hyde
1987
(29th)
Vincent Paul Cox The Letters of Vincent van Gogh
1989
(31st)
Evil Angels Robert Caswell and Fred Schepisi Evil Angels by John Bryson
1989
(31st)
Campo Abe Pogos
1989
(31st)
Dead Calm Terry Hayes Dead Calm by Charles Williams
1989
(31st)
Emerald City David Williamson Emerald City by David Williamson
1993
(35th)
Blackfellas James Ricketson Blackfellas by Archie Weller
1993
(35th)
Black River Kevin Lucas Black River by Andrew Schultz and Julianne Schultz
1993
(35th)
Now Worries David Holman No Worries by David Holaman
1993
(35th)
The Silver Brumby John Tatoulis and Jon Stephens Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell
1994
(36th)
The Sum of Us David Stevens The Sum of Us by David Stevens
1994
(36th)
Country Life Michael Blakemore Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov
1994
(36th)
Everynight ... Everynight Ray Mooney and Alkinos Tsilimidos Everynight ... Everynight by Ray Mooney
1994
(36th)
Traps Robert Carter, Pauline Chan Trap by Peter Mathers
1995
(37th)
Hotel Sorrento Richard Franklin and Peter Fitzpatrick Hotel Sorrento by Hannie Rayson
1995
(37th)
Dad and Dave: On Our Selection George Whaley Stories and characters by Steele Rudd
1995
(37th)
Sanctuary David Williamson Sanctuary by David Williamson
1995
(37th)
That Eye, the Sky John Ruane and Jim Barton That Eye, the Sky by Tim Winton
1996
(38th)
Così Louis Nowra Così by Louis Nowra
1996
(38th)
Dead Heart Nick Parsons Dead Heart by Nick Parsons
1996
(38th)
Life Lawrence Johnston and John Brumpton Containment by John Brumpton
1996
(38th)
What I Have Written John A. Scott What I Have Written by John A. Scott
1997
(39th)
The Well Laura Jones The Well by Elizabeth Jolley
1997
(39th)
Blackrock Nick Enright Blackrock by Nick Enright
1997
(39th)
Love in Ambush Carl Schultz Jarai by Loup Durand
1998
(40th)
The Boys Stephen Sewell The Boys by Gordon Graham
1998
(40th)
Head On Ana Kokkinos Loaded by Christos Tsiolkas
1998
(40th)
Oscar and Lucinda Laura Jones Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
1998
(40th)
Radiance Louis Nowra Radiance by Louis Nowra
1999
(41st)
Praise Andrew McGahan Praise by Andrew McGahan
2000
(42nd)
Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
2000
(42nd)
Chopper Andrew Dominik Semi-autobiographical books about the life of Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read
2000
(42nd)
The Magic Pudding Harry Cripps, Greg Haddrick and Simon Hopkinson The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
2001
(43rd)
Lantana Andrew Bovell Speaking in Tongues by Andrew Bovell
2001
(43rd)
He Died with a Felafel in His Hand Richard Lowenstein He Died with a Felafel in His Hand by John Birmingham
2001
(43rd)
Silent Partner Daniel Keene The play Silent Partner by Charles Marowitz
2001
(43rd)
The Monkey's Mask Anne Kennedy The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter
2002
(44th)
Australian Rules Phillip Gwynne and Paul Goldman The novel Deadly, Unna? by Phillip Gwynne
2002
(44th)
Molokai: The Story of Father Damien John Briley The novel Molokai: The Story of Father Damien by Hilde Eynikel
2002
(44th)
Rabbit-Proof Fence Christine Olsen The novel Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara
2002
(44th)
Swimming Upstream Anthony Fingleton The autobiography of Anthony Fingleton
2003
(45th)
The Rage in Placid Lake Tony McNamara The play The Cafe Latte Kid by Tony McNamara
2003
(45th)
Blurred Stephen Davies and Kier Shorey The play Blurred by Stephen Davies
2003
(45th)
Ned Kelly John Michael McDonaugh The life of Ned Kelly
2003
(45th)
Teesh and Trude Vanessa Lomma The play Teesh and Trude by Wilson McCaskill
2004
(46th)

(no award given)

(no award given)

(no award given)
2005
(47th)
Three Dollars Robert Connolly and Elliot Perlman The novel Three Dollars by Elliot Perlman
2005
(47th)
Hating Alison Ashley Christine Madafferi The novel Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein
2005
(47th)
The Illustrated Family Doctor Kriv Stenders and David Snell The novel The Illustrated Family Doctor by David Snell
2005
(47th)
The Widower Lyndon Terracini The poems Evening Alone at Bunyah, Noonday Axeman, The Widower in the Country, Cowyard Gates and The Last Hellos by Les Murray
2006
(48th)
Candy Luke Davies and Neil Armfield The novel Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction by Luke Davies
2006
(48th)
Jindabyne Beatrix Christian The short story So Much Water So Close to Home by Raymond Carver
2006
(48th)
Last Train to Freo Reg Cribb The play The Return by Reg Cribb
2006
(48th)
The Book of Revelation Ana Kokkinos and Andrew Bovell The novel The Book of Revelation by Rupert Thomson
2008
(50th)
Unfinished Sky Peter Duncan The film The Polish Bride (1998) by Karim Traïdia and Kees van der Hulst
2008
(50th)
All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane Stephen Vagg The play All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane by Stephen Vagg
2009
(51st)
Balibo David Williamson and Robert Connolly The killing of the Balibo Five.
2009
(51st)
Beautiful Kate Rachel Ward The novel Beautiful Kate by Newton Thornburg
2009
(51st)
Blessed Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves and Christos Tsiolkas The play Who's Afraid of the Working Class? by Andrew Bovell
2009
(51st)
Mao's Last Dancer Jan Sardi The autobiographical novel of the same name by Li Cunxin
2010
(52nd)
Tomorrow, When the War Began Stuart Beattie The novel Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
2010
(52nd)
Bran Nue Dae Reg Cribb, Rachel Perkins and Jimmy Chi The play Bran Nue Dae by Jimmy Chi
2010
(52nd)
The Boys Are Back Allan Cubitt The novel The Boys Are Back by Simon Carr
2010
(52nd)
The Tree Julie Bertuccelli The novel Our Father Who Art in The Tree by Judy Pascoe
AACTA Awards
2011
(1st)
Snowtown Shaun Grant The Snowtown murders
2011
(1st)
The Eye of the Storm Judy Morris The novel The Eye of the Storm by Patrick White
2011
(1st)
The Hunter Alice Addison The novel The Hunter by Julia Leigh
2011
(1st)
Red Dog Daniel Taplitz The novel Red Dog by Louis de Bernières
2012
(2nd)
The Sapphires Keith Thompson and Tony Briggs The play The Sapphires by Tony Briggs
2012
(2nd)
Lore Robin Mukherjee and Cate Shortland The novel The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert
2013
(3rd)
The Great Gatsby Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2013
(3rd)
Adore Christopher Hampton The novel The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels by Doris Lessing
2013
(3rd)
Dead Europe Louise Fox The novel Dead Europe by Christos Tsiolkas
2013
(3rd)
The Turning The Turning Ensemble A collection of short stories by Tim Winton
2014
(4th)
The Railway Man Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson The novel The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
2014
(4th)
Predestination Spierig brothers All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein
2015
(5th) [5]
Last Cab to Darwin Reg Cribb and Jeremy Sims Last Cab to Darwin by Reg Cribb
2015
(5th) [5]
Holding the Man Tommy Murphy Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave
2015
(5th) [5]
Ruben Guthrie Brendan Cowell

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rule 5.5 –Special Rules for Screenplays". 2011 AFI Awards Rule Book. Australian Film Institute (AFI). Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "AFI Feature Film Award Winners: 1958-2010" (PDF). Australian Film Institute (AFI). 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Winners and nominees by year:
  4. ^ Additional nominees for 2002 and 2006: French, Lisa; Poole, Mark (2009). Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute. Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM). p. 175. ISBN 1-876467-20-7. 
  5. ^ a b c http://www.aacta.org/winners-nominees/5th-aacta-awards.aspx

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