AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay

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Best Original Screenplay
AACTA Award
Country Australia
Presented by Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
First awarded 1978
Currently held by Kim Mordaunt, The Rocket (2013)
Official website http://www.aacta.org

The AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay is an award presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), for an Australian screenplay "written directly and originally for the screen".[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, 1993-2006, 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)
1970s • 1980s • 1990s • 2000s • 2010s
  Winner marked in a separate colour
Year Film Screenwriter(s)
AFI Awards
1970s
1978
(20th)
Newsfront Anne Brooksbank, Bob Ellis and Phillip Noyce
1978
(20th
Mouth to Mouth John Duigan
1978
(20th
Patrick Everett De Roche
1978
(20th)
The Last Wave Tony Morphett, Petru Popescu and Peter Weir
1979
(21st)
In Search of Anna Esben Storm
1979
(21st)
Kostas Linda Aronson
1979
(21st)
Mad Max James McClausand and George Miller
1979
(21st)
Palm Beach Albie Thoms
1980s
1983
(25th)
Buddies John Dingwall
1983
(25th)
Man of Flowers Paul Cox and Bob Ellis
1983
(25th)
Phar Lap David Williamson
1983
(25th)
The Clinic Greg Millin
1984
(26th)
My First Wife Paul Cox and Bob Ellis
1984
(26th)
Fast Talking Ken Cameron
1984
(26th)
Silver City Sophia Turkiewicz and Thomas Keneally
1984
(26th)
Street Hero Jan Sardi
1985
(27th)
Fran Glenda Hambly
1985
(27th)
A Street to Die Bill Bennett
1985
(27th)
The Boy Who Had Everything Stephen Wallace
1985
(27th)
Unfinished Business (1985 Australian film) Bob Ellis
1986
(28th)
Malcolm David Parker
1986
(28th)
Short Changed Robert J. Merritt
1986
(28th)
The More Things Change Moya Wood
1986
(28th)
Young Einstein Yahoo Serious and David Roach
1987
(29th)
The Year My Voice Broke John Duigan
1987
(29th)
Belinda Pamela Gibbons
1987
(29th)
Ground Zero Mac Gudgeon and Jan Sardi
1987
(29th)
High Tide Laura Jones
1989
(31st)
Sweetie Jane Campion and Gerard Lee
1989
(31st)
Georgia Ben Lewin and Joanna Murray-Smith
1989
(31st)
Ghosts… of the Civil Dead Gene Conkie, Evan English and John Hillcoat
1989
(31st)
Island Paul Cox
1990s
1993
(35th)
The Piano Jane Campion
1993
(35th)
The Nostradamus Kid Bob Ellis
1993
(35th)
On My Own Gill Dennis, Antonio Tibaldi and John Frizzell
1993
(35th)
This Won't Hurt a Bit Chris Kennedy
1994
(36th)
Bad Boy Bubby Rolf de Heer
1994
(36th)
Muriel's Wedding P. J. Hogan
1994
(36th)
Roly Poly Man Kym Goldsworthy
1994
(36th)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Stephan Elliott
1995
(37th)
Angel Baby Michael Rymer
1995
(37th)
All Men Are Liars Gerard Lee
1995
(37th)
Mushrooms Alan Madden
1995
(37th)
Vacant Possession Margot Nash
1996
(38th)
Shine Jan Sardi
1996
(38th)
Children of the Revolution Peter Duncan
1996
(38th)
Floating Life Eddie L. C. Fong and Clara Law
1996
(38th)
Love and Other Catastrophes Yael Bergman, Emma-Kate Croghan, Helen Bandis
1997
(39th)
The Castle Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy and Rob Sitch
1997
(39th)
Doing Time for Patsy Cline Chris Kennedy
1997
(39th)
Kiss or Kill Bill Bennett
1997
(39th)
Road to Nhill Alison Tilson
1998
(40th)
The Interview Craig Monahan and Gordon Davie
1998
(40th)
Amy David Parker
1998
(40th)
Dance Me to My Song Heather Rose, Frederick Stahl and Rolf de Heer
1998
(40th)
Dead Letter Office Deborah Cox
1999
(41st)
Two Hands Gregor Jordan
1999
(41st)
Siam Sunset Max Dann and Andrew Knight
1999
(41st)
Soft Fruit Christina Andreef
1999
(41st)
Strange Fits of Passion Elise McCredie
2000s
2000
(42nd)
Russian Doll Stavros Kazantzidis and Allanah Zitserman
2000
(42nd)
Better Than Sex Jonathan Teplitzky
2000
(42nd)
Me Myself I Pip Karmel
2000
(42nd)
My Mother Frank Mark Lamprell
2001
(43rd)
The Bank Robert Connolly
2001
(43rd)
La Spagnola Anna-Maria Monticelli
2001
(43rd)
Mullet David Caesar
2001
(43rd)
Yolngu Boy Chris Anastassiades
2002
(44th)
Walking on Water Roger Monk
2002
(44th)
Beneath Clouds Ivan Sen
2002
(44th)
The Man Who Sued God Don Watson
2002
(44th)
The Tracker Rolf de Heer
2003
(45th)
Japanese Story Alison Tilson
2003
(45th)
Crackerjack Mick Molloy and Richard Molloy
2003
(45th)
Gettin' Square Chris Nyst
2003
(45th)
Travelling Light Kathryn Millard
2004
(46th)
Somersault Cate Shortland
2004
(46th)
Love's Brother Jan Sardi
2004
(46th)
The Finished People Khoa Do, Rodney Anderson, Joe Le, Jason McGoldrick
2004
(46th)
Tom White Alkinos Tsilimidos
2005
(47th)
Look Both Ways Sarah Watt
2005
(47th)
Little Fish Jacquelin Perske
2005
(47th)
The Proposition Nick Cave
2005
(47th)
Wolf Creek Greg McLean
2006
(48th)
Ten Canoes Rolf de Heer
2006
(48th)
2:37 Murali K. Thalluri
2006
(48th)
Kenny Shane Jacobson and Clayton Jacobson
2006
(48th)
Suburban Mayhem Alice Bell
2008
(50th)
The Black Balloon Elissa Down and Jimmy the Exploder
2008
(50th)
Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger Cathy Randall
2008
(50th)
The Jammed Dee McLachlan
2008
(50th)
The Square Joel Edgerton and Matthew Dabner
2009
(51st)
Samson and Delilah Warwick Thornton
2009
(51st)
My Year Without Sex Sarah Watt
2009
(51st)
Cedar Boys Serhat Caradee
2009
(51st)
Mary and Max Adam Elliot
2010s
2010
(52nd)
Animal Kingdom David Michôd
2010
(52nd)
Beneath Hill 60 David Roach
2010
(52nd)
Bright Star Jane Campion
2010
(52nd)
Daybreakers Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig
AACTA Awards
2011
(1st)
Griff the Invisible Leon Ford
2011
(1st)
The Loved Ones Sean Byrne
2011
(1st)
Mad Bastards Brendan Fletcher, Dean Daley-Jones, Greg Tait and John Watson
2011
(1st)
Red Hill Patrick Hughes
2012
(2nd)
Wish You Were Here Kieran Darcy-Smith and Felicity Price
2012
(2nd)
Burning Man Jonathan Teplitzky
2012
(2nd)
Mental PJ Hogan
2012
(2nd)
Not Suitable for Children Michael Lucas
2013
(3rd)
The Rocket Kim Mordaunt
2013
(3rd)
100 Bloody Acres Colin Cairnes and Cameron Cairnes
2013
(3rd)
Drift Morgan O'Neill and Tim Duffy
2013
(3rd)
Mystery Road Ivan Sen

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rule 5.5 –Special Rules for Screenplays". 2011 AFI Awards Rule Book. Australian Film Institute (AFI). Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "AFI Feature Film Award Winners: 1958-2010". Australian Film Institute (AFI). 2010. Retrieved 4 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. 

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