A production still from Robert Connolly's telemovie 'Underground: The Julian Assange Story'.  The still is a close-up of a young actor playing Julian Assange at a computer. Still from AFTRS alumnus Robert Connelly's 'Underground: The Julian Assange Story'; winner of Best Telemovie Adaptation Award.

Oct 9 2013


Huge congratulations to current AFTRS Master of Screen Arts student Charlotte McConaghy (also a 2012 Screenwriting graduate) for her win at the 2013 Australian Writers Guild Awards held at Melbourne's Plaza Ballroom last Friday night.

Charlotte won the Monte Miller Award: Long Form for Best unproduced script for her TV pilot Fury - which she developed while studying the Graduate Diploma in Screenwriting at AFTRS in 2012.

Charlotte follows in the footsteps of fellow recent screenwriting graduates who, over the past four years, who have notched up multiple and consecutive nominations in the best unproduced screenplay category at the AWGIES including:

  • 2010: Jonathan Empson for Chrome
  • 2011: Laura Greaves for Gifted
  • 2012: Claire Phillips for The Box
  • 2013: Jessica Paine for The Knot

In television writing, alumnus Robert Connolly picked up the Best Telemovie Adaption award for Underground: The Julian Assange Story. The $25,000 Foxtel Fellowship, awarded in recognition of an impressive body of television work, went to AFTRS alumnus Jacquelin Perske for a career including TV dramas The Secret Life of Us and Love My Way.

While Lore saw directing alumni Cate Shortland, with Robin Mukherjee, scoop up the Feature Film: Adaptation Award.

Congratulations to all.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.