The Commons | Award for Shelley Birse
Published on 03.12.2020

Shelley Birse screenplay for The Commons wins top Australian Sci-Fi screenwriting prize

Congratulations to AWGIE Award-winning screenwriter Shelley Birse in winning the 2020 John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing for The Commons.
In a year marked by twists that have at times felt like a science-fiction movie, the John Hinde Award recognises outstanding scripts that speak to the hopes and fears of modern Australia, espousing the strengths of the sci-fi genre and examining issues that will mark the decade to come.  
AWGIE and AACTA Award-winning screenwriter Shelley Birse was awarded the $10,000 prize in the produced category for Episode One of the gripping television drama, described by The Guardian as ‘eerily plausible and uncomfortably timely’. The Stan series offers a prescient glimpse into a not-too-distant future where climate change and biotechnology raise important ethical questions for humanity. 

David Peterson’s feature script Untethered took home the prize in the unproduced category while Antony Webb’s AWGIE-nominated short film Carmentis and Episode 13 of The Unlisted by Mithila Gupta were highly commended.

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