Australian Writers’ Guild Awards 2022: The Winners

ABC Dramas The newsreader, the fires, child series The weird chores and documentary Ithaca were among the winners last night at the 55th Annual AWGIE Awards, held at the Seymour Center in Sydney.

Philip Dalkin posthumously received the Dorothy Crawford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Profession and Industry; Jungle Entertainment’s Phil Lloyd and Trent O’Donnell received the Fred Parsons Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Comedy; Peter Gawler, received the Hector Crawford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Craft as a Script Producer, Editor or Playwright; Mac Gudgeon, a longtime member of the Writers Guild of Australia, has become a life member.

The transgender documentary from WA filmmakers Frances Elliott and Samantha Marlowe girl like you won the major award 2022. Flambé winning the AWGIE in the Feature Film – Original category.

In a throwback to an in-person event, the Guild also celebrated its 60th anniversary.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners, and in particular the overall winners in Frances Elliott and Samantha Marlowe for their moving story. All of our nominees have produced incredible work, and our judges this year have had a very tough job.

“We’ve seen Australian stories like the stranger and Raised from heartache explode abroad. It shows that Australian stories are popular not just here, but around the world,” said Claire Pullen, CEO of the Australian Writers’ Guild Group.

“We are already telling amazing Australian stories; the right framework of government and industry would accelerate us into a job creation and export powerhouse.

“We know there is a real thirst for Australian stories and there are so many opportunities ahead of us to grow our industry. Our winners show the depth of talent to support this growth,” said Pullen.

TV and related categories (winners in bold):

TV shows
Bump: Season 2, ‘AITA (Am I the Asshole)’ – Jessica Tuckwell
Firebite: Season 1, “I Wanna Go Home” – Kodie Bedford
Heartbreak High: Season 1, Episode 1 – Hannah Carroll Chapman
The Newsreader: Season 1, ‘One Step Closer to Madness’ – Niki Aken
The Newsreader: Season 1, ‘No More Lies’ – Kim Ho and Michael Lucas
Total Control: Season 2, Episode 2 – Pip Karmel

Television – Limited Series
Fires – Tony Ayres, Belinda Chayko, Anya Beyersdorf, Steven McGregor and Jacquelin Perske with Mirrah Foulkes
Lay With Me – Jason Herbison and Margaret Wilson with Anthony Ellis

Television – Series
Home and Away: Episode 7742 – Louise Bowes
Neighbors: Episode 8654 – Jessica Paine
Neighbors: Episode 8801 – Emma J Steele

Comedy – Situation or narration
How to Stay Married: Season 3, ‘Keyboard Warriors’ – Nick Musgrove
Metro Sexual: Season 2, ‘Martha Bradbury’ – Henry Boffin featuring Nicholas Kraak
Spreadsheet: Season 1, ‘Chlamydia & Nits’ – Kala Ellis

Comedy – Sketch or light entertainment
Gruen: Season 13, ‘Punts’ – Sophie Braham and James Colley with Cameron James, Bec Melrose and Mark Sutton
The Flow: ‘Comedy Sketches, 2021’ – Ben Jenkins, Alex Lee, Jenna Owen, Vidya Rajan and Vic Zerbst

Children’s Television – “P” Rating (Preschool – Under 5), Original or Adapted, Animated or Performed
Beep and Mort: Season 1, ‘Beep’s Home’ – Charlotte Rose Hamlyn
Little J & Big Cuz: Season 3, ‘Levi Learns’ – Samuel Nuggin-Paynter
Little J & Big Cuz: Season 3, ‘Snake’s Eye’ – Dot West
Little J & Big Cuz: Season 3, ‘Shelter’ – Adam Thompson

Children’s television – Classification “C” (children – 5 to 14 years), original or adapted, animated or interpreted
Rock Island Mysteries: Season 1, ‘A Young Mystery’ – Marisa Nathar
The PM’s Daughter: Season 1, Episode 4 – Angela McDonald
The PM’s Daughter: Season 1, Episode 8 – Lou Sanz
The Strange Chores: Season 2, ‘Walk Wolfman’ – Luke Tierney

Documentary – Public broadcast (including VOD) or exhibition
Beyond the Reef – Georgia Harrison
Big Deal – Craig Reucassel and Christiaan Van Vuuren
Girl Like You – Frances Elliott with Samantha Marlowe
Ithaca – Ben Lawrence
Peace Pilgrims – John Hughes

Web series and other unaired TV shorts / without “subscription video on demand”
A Beginner’s Guide to Grieving: Segment 1: Denial, “Stung by a Thousand Bees” – Anna Lindner
All My Friends Are Racists: Season 1, “Cancelled” – Kodie Bedford and Enoch Mailangi
Iggy & Ace: Season 1, Episode 3 and Episode 4 – AB Morrison
It’s Fine, I’m Fine: Season 1, ‘Poo Boy’ – Jeanette Cronin
The Power of Dreams: Season 1, ‘Swimming’ and ‘Weightlifting’ – Alexandra Keddie and Bobbie-Jean Henning