Alumnus Tony Ayres (Certificate Scriptwriting, 1989) was awarded the Hector Crawford Award for outstanding contribution to the craft as a script producer, editor or dramaturg, at this year’s Australian Writer’s Guild AWGIE Awards.
Named after the respected Australian entertainment entrepreneur, the award recognises Ayres career-long contribution to Australian screen storytelling, his credits as creator, producer or executive producer including Glitch, The Slap, Barracuda, Seven Types of Ambiguity, The Family Law and Wanted, and his directing credits including the features Cut Snake, The Home Song Stories and Walking on Water.
Ayres has also recently launched his own production company with the backing of Matchbox and NBCUniversal International Studios, to focus on writing and directing his own “international-facing drama” projects.
On being honoured by the award, Ayres told IF Magazine “To be acknowledged by your peers is the best honour. These are the people you work with and whose judgment I trust.”