Michod wins two Awgies

Australian Writers Guild lauds top film, TV scribes

SYDNEY -- As Warwick Thornton and his “Samson and Delilah” did last year, David Michod’s debut feature, “Animal Kingdom” is proving the breakout feature and the darling of the local film scene in 2010. 

After launching with a solid screen average in the U.S. last week, and winning boxoffice success here, the family crime drama formally launched its award season campaign, with Michod winning the Australian Writers Guild award and best feature film original screenplay award on Friday night. 

Alongside Michod, David Williamson and Robert Connolly were awarded Awgies for feature film screenplay (adaptation) for their recreation of the events in Timor in 1975 in 2009's  “Balibo."

Underscoring Australians’ love of crime dramas, top-rated TV series “Underbelly” was lauded in the TV category. Series 2, “Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities” took the television miniseries (adaptation) gong, while the telemovie (original) award went to Glen Dolman for Network’s Ten’s recent political biopic “Hawke." 
“Spirited,” the new pay-TV relationship drama from powerhouse producers John Edwards and Claudia Karvan, won its writer Jacqueline Perske another Awgie for best TV series – one week before it premieres on Foxtel. 

Among the other major awards, Hoodlum Interactive pair Anthony Mullins and Timothy Wilde won the award for best fiction for their 10-episode, cross-platform drama “Primeval Evolved,” which extended the storyline for ITV’s U.K. TV series “Primeval” in the U.K.
 And “Kath and Kim” writers and stars Gina Riley and Jane Turner took the 2010 Fred Parsons Award for Special Contribution to Australian Comedy.

“Tonight we have recognized some of the world’s most talented performance writers” said Australian Writers’ Guild president Tim Pye. “Once again the Awgie Awards have shown that every great Australian production starts with an exceptional script.”