Screenwriter Craig Pearce wins 2016 Australian Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award

Australian Screenwriter Craig Pearce is taking home an Australian Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award today, in recognition of his thirty-year contribution to the Australian screen Industry.

Known for his contribution to some of Australia’s most Iconic films, The writer has worked extensively with Australian director Baz Luhrmann. Pearce has worked on BAFTA Award winning screenplay Romeo + Juliet, WGA nominated Moulin Rouge, and AFI award winning Strictly Ballroom.

“I’m humbled and it is a huge honour particularly to be getting this award from fellow writers,” said Pearce.

Currently working on the production of his new TV series about the early life of William Shakespeare, Pearce will take home the Lifetime Achievement Award at 49th Annual AWGIE Awards, after a unanimous vote from 13-members of the Australian Writers’ Guild National Executive Committee.

“Now he is blazing his own trail internationally with the major miniseries Will, based on the life of William Shakespeare, which he has written and is now in production in Wales,” Said Oscar-nominated Australian Writers’ Guild president Jan Sardi.

“Craig stands alone as one of Australia’s most distinctive voices and successful screenwriters,” he said.

The Lifetime Achievement Award aims to recognize and celebrate the critical and commercial success of Australia’s most revered and admired writers.


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