The Cameron Creswell Agency is delighted to announce that our client Don Watson has won the prestigious 2015 Indie Book of the Year for The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia (published by Penguin Random House Australia), his milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history. The Bush also won in the non-fiction category of the awards.
Every December the 170+ independent Australian booksellers that make up Leading Edge Books take stock of the year in books and nominate their favourite Australian titles for the Indie Book Awards shortlist. The shortlist falls into four categories – fiction, non-fiction, debut fiction and children’s and YA books.
Judges from the Leading Edge group of booksellers select the Indie Book Award winner of each category and the Indie Book Awards overall winner is voted on by the Leading Edge group as a whole.
Of his Indie Book wins, Don Watson says:
‘I am delighted. How could I not be? Like every other writer in Australia, I regularly give thanks for our independent booksellers, and I would go down on my knees to do so if I thought it would help them to thrive. Writers and readers and publishers, suburbs, towns and communities, from toddlers to old-age pensioners, the whole country is blessed by them. They have fought off the monopolising tendencies of capitalism, the Internet, mobile phones, and iPads; they have defied the general trend to instant gratification, fads, fashion and ignorance itself. In little shops all over the continent they keep the book – and many hearts and minds – alive. I can imagine no greater honour for an Australian writer than these Indie awards they have bestowed on The Bush.’
Don Watson will be interviewed about his win and his work on ABC Radio National Arts and Books daily on Tuesday 31 March at 10am.
Don Watson is available for interview. Please contact Jo Butler at The Cameron Creswell Agency on 02 9319 7199 or Rhian Davies at Penguin Books on 03 9811 2509.
Shannon Murphy has directed the Spectrum Now Festival highlight- Orfeo ed Euridice starring Silvia Colloca, a site specific opera through the chambers of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. It is a sensory and immersive experience featuring the work of florist, artist and academic Dr Lisa Cooper, photo media artist Murray Fredericks, the food of Matt Moran. Shannon won the InStyle and Audi Style Scholarship for her vision of this opera. Gluck’s three woman opera has received a dynamic and modern interpretation incorporating film and beautiful visual arrangements under Shannon’s direction.
Orfeo ed Euridice will play until this weekend, click here for more information or to book tickets.
Dream Home, written and directed by David Williamson has opened at the Ensemble Theatre. The production stars Guy Edmonds, Haiha Lee and Justin Stewart Cotta.
Dana and Paul finally have it all – creative careers, a baby on the way… and an apartment in Bondi. They can’t quite believe their luck. As it turns out, they shouldn’t. With an ex-lover, her jealous husband and a kleptomaniac for neighbours, things are bound to get complicated!
This brand new comedy from David Williamson will have you laughing out loud at the true cost of buying property in Sydney.
Dream Home will be playing until the 28th of March, for more information or to book tickets, click here.
Congratulations to Blake Ayshford on his 2015 AACTA award Best Telefeature or Miniseries for Devil’s Playground. As a Producer of the show, he shares the award with Helen Bowden and Penny Chapman.
Blake was also head writer and showrunner on Devil’s Playground which premiered on Foxtel’s Showcase last September.
Congratulations to Julie Lynch on taking home the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Costume Design of a Mainstage Production for her wonderful Noises Off designs for the Sydney Theatre Company. SMH‘s Jason Blake said “Several of Julie Lynch’s costume designs – early 1970s bell-bottoms, jean suits and polyester – received rounds of applause, starting with the groovy purple ensemble modelled by Graham in Act I.”
Congratulations again Julie!
Congratulations to all the nominees for this year’s Sydney Theatre Awards, with special mentions for our clients. Lily Newbury-Freeman was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in an Independent Production for On the Shore of the Wide World. In productions for the STC, we’re delighted to announce that Julie Lynch‘s colourful Costume Design earned her a nomination for Noises Off as well as Max Lyandvert‘s tremendous Score/Sound Design for earned him a nomination for his work on Macbeth. Nominated for Best New Australian Work is Sue Smith‘s wonderful play Kryptonite which played at the STC and STCSA. Nick Payne‘s play Constellations (Darlinghurst Theatre Company) was nominated for Best Independent Production and our writing client Kate Mulvany was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Tartuffe.
Congratulations again, for the full list of nominees, click here.
Cameron’s is delighted to congratulate the following clients who have been nominated for the 4th Annual AACTA Awards. The AACTAs honour screen excellence in Australia across film, television and documentary.
Andrew Anastasios – Best Original Screenplay for The Water Diviner
Blake Ayshford – Best Telefeature or Miniseries for Devil’s Playground
Marden Dean – Best Cinematography for Fell
Peter Duncan – Best Television Drama Series for Rake Series 3
Peter Duncan – Best Screenplay in Television for Rake Series 3, Episode 1
Xanthe Heubel - Best Costume Design in Television for The Outlaw Michael Howe
David Michôd - Best Direction for The Rover
Garry Phillips - Best Cinematography for The Railway Man
Matt Villa – Best Editing for Predestination
Matt Villa – Best Editing for The Water Diviner
Please visit the The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts website at www.aacta.org for the full list of nominees.
We are delighted to congratulate Julia-Rose Lewis as the recipient of the Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights.
The Fellowship provides Julia with a writer’s commission and support for the development of the new play from Belvoir.
Julia won the award with her first play Samson, an Australian coming-of-age story set in a country town which fizzes with truth, both the brutal and the beautiful. Samson will make it’s mainstage debut in a Belvoir & La Boite co-production in April and May 2015.
Anthea Williams, Belvoir’s Associate Director – Literary is quoted saying, ‘Julia loves people and she loves the way they talk. She has a great ear for voices and creates characters that feel specific and quirky yet utterly believable. Samson is such a strong debut play that we’ve programmed it in our 2015 Season and I’m so pleased we get to work with Julia on her next professional work.’