Saturday, 19 November 2016

Clever Cleverman writer picks up $10k John Hinde Science Fiction Award

Cleverman co-writer Michael Miller has won the Australian Writers Guild (AWG) 2016 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction.

The awards, funded by a bequest from the late Australian film critic John Hinde, offers $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year.

The award was established to encourage, reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science fiction writing for feature film, short film, television, radio and interactive media. It also provides an avenue for unproduced works to enter.

Miller won for the one for his produced script, while Graeme Burfoot for his unproduced screenplay, Red to Blue.

The AWG judges said Cleverman won the award for its intelligent and meticulous worldbuilding, fearless foregrounding of science-fictional elements and its creative exploration of current social issues.

Miller, who won for episode five of the Cleverman’s first season A Man of Vision, told IF magazine he believes sci-fi is a form that allows a writer to convey things not always so easily said in traditional formats.

“That was definitely part of the logic behind setting Cleverman in the future. It's exciting to think that Cleverman is one of several sci-fi-inspired shows on television at present,” he said.

“Science-fiction is clearly alive and well at the moment and awards like this help to keep the  dream alive. So again thanks to John Hinde for his vision in supporting and celebrating sci-fi in this country.”

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