AACTA Award for Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted

The Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted is an award in the annual Australian Film Institute Awards. It has been awarded annually since 1967. In 2011, it was changed to the AACTA Awards.

While the category of Best Screenplay is given out in two different forms (Original or Adapted), some years involved the AACTA Awards handing out both types of screenplays in the same ceremony. The winners and nominees for those few years are listed below.

Winners and nominees

Year Film Subject Source
1980 Breaker Morant Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens, Bruce Beresford Original screenplay, based on a true story
Hard Knocks Don McLennan, Hilton Bonner Original screenplay
Maybe This Time Bob Ellis, Anne Brooksbank
Stir Bob Jewson
1981 Gallipoli David Williamson Original screenplay, based on a true story
The Club David Williamson Stage play by David Williamson
Hoodwink Ken Quinnell Original screenplay
Winter of Our Dreams John Duigan
1982 Goodbye Paradise Bob Ellis, Denny Lawrence Original screenplay
Lonely Hearts Paul Cox, John Clarke Original screenplay
Moving Out Jan Sardi
We of the Never Never Jeannie Gunn Autobiographical book We of the Never Never by Jeannie Gunn
1990 The Big Steal David Parker Original screenplay
Blood Oath Denis Whitburn, Brian A. Williams Original screenplay
Golden Braid Paul Cox, Barry Dickins The story La Chevelure by Guy de Maupassant
Struck by Lightning Trevor Farrant Original screenplay
1991 Proof Jocelyn Moorhouse Original screenplay
Death in Brunswick Boyd Oxlade, John Ruane Graphic novel Death in Brunswick by Boyd Oxlade
Spotswood Max Dann, Andrew Knight Original screenplay
A Woman's Tale Paul Cox, Barry Dickins
1992 Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce Original screenplay
Black Robe Brian Moore Novel Black Robe by Brian Moore
Greenkeeping David Caesar Original screenplay
The Last Days of Chez Nous Helen Garner
2007 The Home Song Stories Tony Ayres Original screenplay
Clubland Keith Thompson Original screenplay
Lucky Miles Helen Barnes, Michael James Rowland
Noise Matthew Saville
Romulus, My Father Nick Drake Memoir Romulus, My Father by Raimond Gaita
2019 The Nightingale Jennifer Kent Original screenplay
Hotel Mumbai John Collee, Anthony Maras Original screenplay, based on a true story
Judy and Punch Mirrah Foulkes
The King David Michod, Joel Edgerton Based on the plays Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 & Henry V by William Shakespeare


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