Archive for January 22nd, 2009

Oscar Nominees

22nd January 2009

The nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards have been announced.

Of particular interest to our members are the following categories:

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

  • Frozen River (2008): Courtney Hunt
  • Happy-Go-Lucky (2008): Mike Leigh
  • In Bruges (2008): Martin McDonagh (Irish writer)
  • Milk (2008): Dustin Lance Black
  • WALL·E (2008): Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Jim Reardon

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Eric Roth & Robin Swicord; based on the short story by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Doubt (2008/I): John Patrick Shanley; based on the play by John Patrick Shanley
  • Frost/Nixon (2008): Peter Morgan; based on the play by Peter Morgan
  • The Reader (2008): David Hare; based on the novel by Bernhard Schlink
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Simon Beaufoy; based on the novel by Vikas Swarup

Irish screenwriter/director Steph Green has also received an Oscar nomination in the category Best Short Film, Live Action, for her short film “New Boy”, which is adapted from a short story by Roddy Doyle.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

360° Scriptwriting Festival

22nd January 2009

BBC Northern Ireland and Tinderbox Theatre Company present a four-day festival of script writing skills and talks in conjunction with the Tony Doyle Bursary 2009.

These are advanced workshops and talks for people interested in making a living from script writing in TV, radio, film, theatre or online, and take place from Wednesday 28th — Saturday 31st of January in Studio One, Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast.


Wednesday 28th January

  • 5.30 – 7.15 pm – Talk by Tony Jordon on Writing for TV
  • 7.30 pm onwards – Story Brainstorm Extravaganza for all festival participants.

Thursday 29th January

  • 2pm – 4.30pm – Workshop with Nuno Bernardo on Online Drama
  • 5.30 – 7.00pm – BBC Writersroom Roadshow.

Friday 30th January

  • 2pm – 4.30pm – TV Drama talk.
  • 5.00pm – 7.30pm – Tony Doyle Bursary announcement.

Saturday 31st of January

  • 10.30am – 1pm – Workshop with Conor Mitchell on text and music
  • 2pm – 4.30pm – Workshop with Moira Buffini on stage writing

Places are free, but to book a place on any of the sessions send an email or letter stating which sessions you would like to attend, your contact details and a short paragraph about your writing experience.

Information on how to apply for the events is available on the web site.