Laura Jones.

Laura Jones will receive the inaugural Australian Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s National Screenwriters’ Conference.

A joint initiative of the AWG and Foxtel, the Lifetime Achievement Award is decided by a unanimous vote of the AWG National Executive Committee, and recognises significant contribution to the Australian screen industry.  

Jones' screenwriting credits include Angela’s Ashes, Possession, A Thousand Acres, Oscar and Lucinda, The Portrait of a Lady, An Angel at My Table, Hightide and Brick Lane.  

“Laura’s characters and stories resonate powerfully with audiences and bring a uniquely Australian perspective to the world,” said Foxtel’s Group Director of Corporate Affairs Bruce Meagher. 

“She has achieved a sustained critical and commercial success throughout an entire career which is a brilliant feat for an Australian feature film writer. We are delighted that Laura is the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Australian Writers’ Guild President, Jan Sardi, said: “Laura Jones is one of Australia’s preeminent writers and rightfully deserving of this inaugural award. She has not only brought an Australian voice to the world, but has a unique ability to finely translate the written word into cinema magic.”

Jones will be presented the award during the 2016 National Screenwriters’ Conference, being held from March 9-11 at the Silverwater Resort, Phillip Island, Victoria.  

Registration closes February 22.