The Australian Writers' Guild AWGIE Awards recognise and reward excellence in stage, screen and radio writers, celebrating the very best in Australian stage and screen writing.
Marking its 52nd year, these prestigious awards are unique with the awards judged solely by writers and on the basis of the writer’s own vision and script, rather than the finished product.
Everymind program Mindframe is sponsoring this years’ awards ceremony, which will be held in Sydney on Thursday, 22 August 2019.
Mindframe for stage and screen is a national suicide prevention program and works to support stage and screen professionals to continue to include fresh and original portrayals of suicide and mental ill-health that are accurate, authentic and minimise negative impacts on vulnerable audience members.
President of the Australian Writers' Guild, Jan Sardi, welcomes Mindframe as a sponsor of this years’ AWGIE Awards and is proud of the ongoing partnership between Mindframe and the Australia Writers' Guild.
"Representing mental illness in a well-informed and accurate way on our screens plays a key role in ensuring our society understands the issues around mental illness, and helps to address misconceptions and build acceptance and support. The guidelines developed by Mindframe with the Australia Writers' Guild mean screenwriters have access to the very best information about mental illness when they are writing a story," said Jan.
Everymind Suicide Prevention Project Lead, Sara Bartlett is also pleased with the opportunity to support the highly-regarded awards and recognises the important role screenwriters play in influencing social attitudes towards and perceptions of suicide and mental ill-health.
"Authentic portrayals and scripts can help dispel stereotypes and myths. However, some ways of portraying mental ill-health and suicide can be harmful to vulnerable audiences.
Our partnership with the Australian Writers’ Guild has been critical in engaging screenwriters to consider these issues and we have had the great fortune of being able to work with some of the best in Australia to develop the Mindframe stage and screen program and guidelines," said Sara.
For resources and information about portrayals of suicide and mental ill-health in Australia film, television and theatre, see the stage and screen section on the Mindframe website: www.mindframe.org.au
For more information about the AWGIE Awards, nominations and tickets, visit: https://www.awg.com.au/events/the-52nd-annual-awgie-awards
When: Thursday 22 Aug 2019
Time: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Where: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia