Aussies win Hollywood script contest

Aussies win Hollywood script contest

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A script which re-imagines 'Cinderella' has won a prize which could turn two Aussies into Hollywood stars.Australian screenwriters Penelope Chai and Matteo Bernardini have a shot at becoming Hollywood’s next big things.

The duo’s script, Cinderella Must Die, has won an industry prize with a track record of turning projects into feature films.

A panel of established Hollywood figures organised by the Los Angeles-based group, Australians in Film, selected the script from hundreds of screenplays as part of its Gateway LA screenplay development program.

Last year’s winner, Cargo by Yolanda Ramke, was quickly turned into a feature film starring British actor Martin Freeman, star of The Hobbit, Black Panther, Sherlock and Fargo.

The GatewayLA program gives Australian screenwriters the chance to have their script seen by top industry professionals and is billed as the Australian version of Hollywood’s The Black List and the UK’s Brit List.

Chai and Bernardini receive a $10,000 cash prize, two airfares to Los Angeles, a desk at AiF’s Charlie’s + Creative Collective for 12 months and high-level support from industry professionals to develop the script.

Their screenplay is a re-imagining of the original Cinderella fable.

AiF also announced the other seven TV and feature film scripts on the 2017 The Aussie List.

They are: Bells Gap (TV) by Polly Staniford; Cured (TV) by Joe Osborn; Lucid (feature) by Philip Tarl Denson; My Fist Your Face (TV) by Greta Harrison and Matthew Vaughan; Nomad (feature) by Maziar Lahooti; Prosthetic (feature) by Adam Bustin; and South of the 10 (TV) by Davina Willett.