The British Screenwriters’ Awards 2016

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For the third year running the British Screenwriters’ Awards took a stand this weekend to celebrate the screenwriting talent without which our beloved film and TV would not thrive. The awards are a great opportunity not just to honour those exceptional writers among us, but also to celebrate our industry as a whole. Outstanding achievement makes us all strive to be better crafters of story. The writers we honour show us, through their work, the privilege of connecting our thoughts to an audience in a meaningful way. Screenwriting matters and though we gather to celebrate a few, by edifying our craft we empower the many.

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Rhona Cameron was very excited to once again introduce the festivities, turning chaos into comedy and claps into cheers, delivering well placed words with an unrehearsed ease. Joined on stage by some of the great veterans of our craft, as well as fresher talent, there was wit, laughter, great entertainment and some very inspiring moments before we all went to party in the Final Draft tent.

As the awards find their feet they become more unique so for this and future years, the generic Lifetime Achievement Award, is being replaced by a new trophy to celebrate not just longevity of career but to laud exceptional writers at all stages of a career.

This year the new ‘Fucking Awesome Screenwriter Award’ comes into being.

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This year’s award recipient is writer/director Simon Fitzmaurice. Paralysed with Motor Neuron Disease (ALS) Simon refused to allow his fledgling writer/director career to be cut short by his condition. He wrote and directed his first feature film using only his eyes to craft and communicate his vision. Simon is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction, news journals and inspires other writers not just for the obstacles he has overcome to achieve his aims, but for the great love of his craft and his unique voice that is resonant and true. Thank you Simon for being determined enough to share your work with the world.

Outstanding Newcomer for British Television Writing

WINNER: Doctor Foster by Mike Bartlett

Black Work by Matt Charman

The Night Manager by David Farr

Partners in Crime by Zinnie Harris / Claire Wilson


Best British TV Drama Writing

Jericho by David Ramage / Steve Thompson / Chris Dunlop / Caroline Henry

This is England 90 by Shane Meadows / Jack Thorne

WINNER: Peaky Blinders by Steven Knight

Penny Dreadful by John Logan / Andrew Hinderaker

Murdered By My Father by Vinay Patel


Outstanding Newcomer for British Feature Film Writing

Kill Your Friends by John Niven

WINNER: Carol by Phyllis Nagy

The Danish Girl by Lucina Coxon

My Name is Emily by Simon Fitzmaurice

Macbeth by Jacob Koskoff / Michael Lesslie / Todd Louiso


Best Crime Writing on Television (Series/Single Drama)

Lucky Man by James Allen / Rachel Anthony / Neil Biswas / Stephen Gallagher / Ben Schiffer / Alan Westaway

No Offence by Paul Abbott / Paul Tomalin / Jimmy Dowdall / Mark Greig / Jack Lothian

Luther by Neil Cross

WINNER: The Night Manager by David Farr

Marcella by Marston Bloom / Mark Greig / Ben Harris / Hans Rosenfeldt


Best Comedy Writing on Television

Chewing Gum by Michaela Coel

Stag by Jim Field Smith / George Kay

Siblings by Keith Akushie / Daran Johnson / Joe Parham / Lucien Young

WINNER: Car Share by Peter Kay / Paul Coleman / Sian Gibson / Tim Reid

Catastrophe by Rob Delaney / Sharon Horgan


Best British Children’s Television

Hetty Feather by the Writing Team

Thunderbirds are Go by the Writing Team

WINNER: The Dumping Ground by the Writing Team

Dangermouse by the Writing Team

Sarah and Duck by Benjamin Thomas Cook / Sarah Gomes Harris


Best British Feature Film Writing

WINNER: Brooklyn by Nick Hornby

Legend by Brian Helgeland

The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett

Suffragette by Abi Morgan

45 Years by Andrew Haigh


Create50 Awards

The Impact 50 Best Screenplay

WINNER: More by Phil Charles

Sing Mummy by Tracey Parsons

Silent Ruin by Chris Vanderhorst

Without Sin by Kerry Dye

Meet Anne by Tyler Pierreson


Twisted 50 Best Story

Five Days by Susan Bodnar

WINNER: Shenanigans by Chris Jeal

The Sugar Loaf and The Red Shoes by Marie Gethins

The Beholder by Stephanie Wessell

The Audition Altar by Leo Robertson


Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. We look forward to seeing more of you on our screens and again at the British Screenwriters’ Awards!