AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

The AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is an award presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), for an Australian screenplay "based on material previously released or published".[1] Prior to the establishment of the Academy in 2011, the award was presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI) at the annual Australian Film Institute Awards (more commonly known as the AFI Awards).[2] It was first handed out in 1978 when the award for Best Screenplay (which was first presented at the 1974-75 awards) was split into two categories: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. The award has since been presented intermittently from 1978–1979, 1983–1987, 1989, 1993–2003, 2005–2006, and then from 2008–present.[2]

Best Adapted Screenplay
Presented byAustralian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
First awarded1978
Currently held byJoel Edgerton, Boy Erased (2018)

Winners and nomineesEdit

In the following table, the years listed correspond to the year of film release; the ceremonies are usually held the same year. The films and screenwriters in bold and in yellow background have won are the winners. Those that are neither highlighted nor in bold are the nominees. When sorted chronologically, the table always lists the winning screenplay first and then the other nominees.[3][4]

AFI Awards (1978-2010)
AACTA Awards (2011-present)
  Winner marked in a separate colour
Year Film Subject Source
1978 The Getting of Wisdom Eleanor Witcombe The Getting of Wisdom (novel) by Henry Handel Richardson
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Fred Schepisi The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (novel) by Thomas Keneally
The Mango Tree Michael Pate The Mango Tree (novel) by Ronald McKie
Weekend of Shadows Peter Yeldham The Reckoning (novel) by Hugh Atkinson
1979 My Brilliant Career Eleanor Witcombe My Brilliant Career (novel) by Miles Franklin
Cathy's Child Ken Quinnell A Piece of Paper (novel) by Dick Wordley
The Last of the Knucklemen Tim Burstall The Last of the Knucklemen (play) by John Power
Money Movers Bruce Beresford Money Movers (novel) by Devon Minchin
1983 Careful, He Might Hear You Michael Jenkins Careful, He Might Hear You (novel) by Sumner Locke Elliott
Now and Forever Richard Cassidy Now and Forever (novel) by Danielle Steel
The Wild Duck Tutte Lemkow, Dido Merwin, Henri Safran, Peter Smalley The Wild Duck (play) by Henrik Ibsen
The Year of Living Dangerously Peter Weir, David Williamson The Year of Living Dangerously (novel) by Christopher Koch
1984 Annie's Coming Out John Patterson, Chris Borthwick Annie's Coming Out (novel) by Rosemary Crossley & Anne McDonald
BMX Bandits Russell Hagg Story by Patrick Edgeworth
Razorback Everett De Roche Razorback (novel) by Peter Brennan
Strikebound Richard Lowenstein Dead Men Don't Dig Coal (novel) by Wendy Lowenstein
1985 Bliss Peter Carey, Ray Lawrence Bliss (novel) by Peter Carey
An Indecent Obsession Denise Morgan An Indecent Obsession (novel) by Colleen McCullough
The Coca-Cola Kid Frank Moorhouse The Americans Baby (novel) by Frank Moorhouse
Rebel Michael Jenkins No Names, No Pack Drill (play) by Bob Herbert
1986 The Fringe Dwellers Bruce & Rhoisin Beresford The Fringe Dwellers by Peter Carey
For Love Alone Stephen Wallace Stephen Wallace (novel) by Christina Stead
Kangaroo Evan Jones Kangaroo (novel) by D. H. Lawrence
Playing Beatie Bow Peter Gawler Playing Beatie Bow (novel) by Ruth Park
1987 Travelling North David Williamson Travelling North (play) by David Williamson
The Place at the Coast Hilary Furlong The Place at the Coast (novel) by Jane Hyde
Slate, Wyn & Me Don McLennan Slate, Wyn & Me (novel) by Georgia Savage
Vincent Paul Cox The Letters of Vincent van Gogh
1989 Evil Angels Robert Caswell, Fred Schepisi Evil Angels (novel) by John Bryson
Campo Abe Pogos TBA
Dead Calm Terry Hayes Dead Calm (novel) by Charles F. Williams
Emerald City David Williamson Emerald City (play) by David Williamson
1993 Blackfellas James Ricketson, Archie Weller Blackfellas (novel) by Archie Weller
Black River Kevin Lucas Black River (opera) by Andrew & Julianne Schultz
No Worries David Holman No Worries (play) by David Holman
The Silver Brumby Elyne Mitchell, Jon Stephens Silver Brumby (novels) by Elyne Mitchell
1994 The Sum of Us David Stevens The Sum of Us (play) by David Stevens
Country Life Michael Blakemore, Anton Chekhov Uncle Vanya (play) by Anton Chekhov
Everynight ... Everynight Ray Mooney, Alkinos Tsilimidos Everynight ... Everynight (play) by Ray Mooney
Traps Robert Carter, Pauline Chan Dreamhouse (novel) by Kate Grenville
1995 Hotel Sorrento Richard Franklin, Peter Fitzpatrick Hotel Sorrento (play) by Hannie Rayson
Dad and Dave: On Our Selection Geoffrey Atherden, Steele Rudd Characters by Steele Rudd
Sanctuary David Williamson Sanctuary (play) by David Williamson
Traps Robert Carter, Pauline Chan That Eye, the Sky (novel) by Jim Barton, John Ruane
1996 Cosi Louis Nowra Così (play) by Louis Nowra
Dead Heart Nick Parsons Dead Heart (play) by Nick Parsons
Life John Brumpton, Lawrence Johnston Containment (play) by John Brumpton
What I Have Written John A. Scott What I Have Written (novel) by John A. Scott
1997 The Well Laura Jones The Well (novel) by Elizabeth Jolley
Blackrock Nick Enright Blackrock (play) by Nick Enright
Love in Ambush Carl Schultz Jarai (novel) by Loup Durand
1998 The Boys Stephen Sewell The Boys (play) by Gordon Graham
Head On Ana Kokkinos Loaded (novel) by Christos Tsiolkas
Oscar and Lucinda Laura Jones Oscar and Lucinda (novel) by John Brumpton
Radiance Louis Nowra Radiance (play) by Louis Nowra
1999 Praise Andrew McGahan Praise (novel) by Andrew McGahan
2000 Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta Looking for Alibrandi (novel) by Melina Marchetta
Chopper Andrew Dominik The autobiographies of Mark "Chopper" Read
The Magic Pudding Harry Cripps, Greg Haddrick, Simon Hopkinson The Magic Pudding (book) by Norman Lindsay
2001 Lantana Andrew Bovell Speaking In Tongues (novel) by Andrew Bovell
He Died with a Felafel in His Hand Richard Lowenstein He Died with a Felafel in His Hand (novel) by John Birmingham
The Monkey's Mask Anne Kennedy, Dorothy Porter The Monkey's Mask (novel) by Dorothy Porter
Silent Partner Daniel Keene Silent Partner (play) by Daniel Keene
2002 Australian Rules Paul Goldman, Phillip Gwynne Deadly, Unna? (novel) by Phillip Gwynne
Molokai: The Story of Father Damien John Briley Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (novel) by Hilde Eynikel
Rabbit-Proof Fence Christine Olsen Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence (novel) by Doris Pilkington
Swimming Upstream Tony Fingleton Swimming Upstream (autobiography) by Diane & Tony Fingleton
2003 The Rage in Placid Lake Tony McNamara The Cafe Latte Kid (play) by Tony McNamara
Blurred Stephen Davies, Kier Shorey Blurred (play) by Stephen Davis
Ned Kelly John Michael McDonagh Our Sunshine (novel) by Robert Drewe
Teesh and Trude Vanessa Lomma Teesh and Trude (play) by Wilson McCaskill
2005 Three Dollars Robert Connolly, Elliot Perlman Three Dollars (novel) by Elliot Perlman
Hating Alison Ashley Christine Madafferi Hating Alison Ashley (novel) by Robin Klein
The Illustrated Family Doctor David Snell, Kriv Stenders The Illustrated Family Doctor (novel) by Robert Drewe
The Widower Lyndon Terracini Evening Alone at Bunyah, Noonday Axeman, The Widower in the Country, Cowyard Gates and The Last Hellos (poems) by Les Murray
2006 Candy Neil Armfield, Luke Davies Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction (novel) by Luke Davies
The Book of Revelation Andrew Bovell, Ana Kokkinos The Book of Revelation (novel) by Rupert Thomson
Jindabyne Beatrix Christian So Much Water So Close to Home (short story) by Raymond Carver
Last Train to Freo Reg Cribb The Return (play) by Reg Cribb
2008 Unfinished Sky Peter Duncan The Polish Bride (1998 screenplay) by Kees van der Hulst
All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane Stephen Vagg All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane (play_ by Stephen Vagg
2009 Balibo Robert Connolly, David Williamson Cover-Up (novel) by Jill Jolliffe
Beautiful Kate Rachel Ward Beautiful Kate (novel) by Newton Thornburg
Blessed Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves and Christos Tsiolkas Who's Afraid of the Working Class? (play) by Andrew Bovell
Mao's Last Dancer Jan Sardi Mao's Last Dancer (autobiography) by Li Cunxin
2010 Tomorrow, When the War Began Stuart Beattie Tomorrow, When the War Began (novel) by John Marsden
Bran Nue Dae Reg Cribb, Rachel Perkins Bran Nue Dae (musical) by Jimmy Chi
The Boys Are Back Allan Cubitt The Boys Are Back In Town (novel) by Simon Carr
The Tree Julie Bertuccelli Our Father Who Art in the Tree (novel) by Judy Pascoe
AACTA Awards
Snowtown Shaun Grant The Snowtown murders
The Eye of the Storm Judy Morris The Eye of the Storm (novel) by Patrick White
The Hunter Alice Addison The Hunter (novel) by Julia Leigh
Red Dog Daniel Taplitz Red Dog (novel) by Louis de Bernières
The Sapphires Tony Briggs, Keith Thompson The Sapphires (play) by Tony Briggs
Lore Robin Mukherjee, Cate Shortland The Dark Room (novel) by Rachel Seiffert
The Great Gatsby Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce The Great Gatsby (novel) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Adoration Christopher Hampton The Grandmothers (short story collection) by Doris Lessing
Dead Europe Louise Fox Dead Europe (novel) by Christos Tsiolkas
The Turning The Turning Ensemble The Turning (short story collection) by Tim Winton
The Railway Man Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Paterson The Railway Man (novel) by Eric Lomax
Predestination The Spierig Brothers All You Zombies (novel) by Robert A. Heinlein
Last Cab to Darwin Reg Cribb, Jeremy Sims Last Cab to Darwin (play) by Reg Cribb
Holding the Man Tommy Murphy Holding the Man (autobiography) by Timothy Conigrave
Ruben Guthrie Brendan Cowell Ruben Guthrie (play) by Brendan Cowell
The Daughter Simon Stone The Wild Duck (play) by Henrik Ibsen
Girl Asleep Matthew Whittet Girl Asleep (play) by Matthew Whittet
Lion Luke Davies A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose
Berlin Syndrome Shaun Grant Berlin Syndrome (book) by Melanie Joosten
Don't Tell Anne Brooksbank, Ursula Cleary, James Greville Based on a true story
Jasper Jones Shaun Grant, Craig Silvey Jasper Jones (book) by Craig Silvey
Boy Erased Joel Edgerton Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley
Breath Simon Baker, Gerard Lee, Tim Winton Breath (novel) by Tim Winton
Cargo Yolanda Ramke Cargo (short film) by Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke
Ladies in Black Bruce Beresford, Sue Milliken Ladies in Black (play) by Carolyn Burns

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Rule 5.5 –Special Rules for Screenplays". 2011 AFI Awards Rule Book. Australian Film Institute (AFI). Archived from the original on 8 August 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b "AFI Feature Film Award Winners: 1958-2010" (PDF). Australian Film Institute (AFI). 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  3. ^ Winners and nominees by year:
  4. ^ Additional nominees for 2002 and 2006: French, Lisa; Poole, Mark (2009). Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute. Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM). p. 175. ISBN 1-876467-20-7.

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