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ECU recognised for on-screen success

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

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ECU graduate Claire Tonkin has won the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award for her unpublished screenplay Me and Mine, a drama about the ramifications of adoption and finding a place in the family.

Claire will be presented with the award at the International Emmy World Television Festival in New York later this month.

Entrants for the award had to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script for a family audience. Claire’s script will be read to the audience by actors at the Festival.

Claire graduated with a Bachelor of Communications (Media Studies) in 2007. She was supported early on by ScreenWest with a New Screenwriter’s bursary for a television series she created in the Scriptwriting for Television unit at ECU.

The 7 Network selected her for an attachment on All Saints, and she was then hired as a trainee in the drama department at Channel TEN where she is now a drama executive.

Claire’s past successes include winning a 2007 AWGIE (Australian Writers’ Guild Award) for her short film Button and in 1999 she won the WA Citizen of the Year Award youth category award.

Screen Academy Director, John Rapsey congratulated Claire on her achievement, and says that it’s been a big week for the Academy.

“Two student films, Bubbleologist directed by Oyvind Opshang and The Bucks Party directed by Mike Hoath, have been selected for the Bondi Short Film Festival which is a huge achievement considering they are the only WA films in the Festival,” he said.

Project Petey DNA, a Screen Academy/Aboriginal Theatre collaboration funded by ECU Research and ScreenWest, has been selected for the prestigious Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, to be held in Canada next week.

“This is a fantastic achievement for Andrew Lewis, Program Director, Performance at WAAPA and Rick Brayford, Coordinator of Aboriginal Theatre who brought this project to life.”

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