Murdoch alumnus receives emerging screen writer award

April 5, 2012

Murdoch alumnus and writer/producer Brad Major has won the ScreenWest 2012 Bill Warnock Award for Emerging Screen Writers, for his script Asanti.

Set in Tanzania, Asanti follows ten-year-old Matti who, after losing his mother, sets out across the unforgiving African landscape in the hopes of fulfilling his mother’s dying wish.

A graduate in Screen and Sound from Murdoch University, Mr Major was selected by Academy Awards nominated director and Murdoch Associate Professor Martin Mhando to travel to Tanzania, Africa to aid in the creation of a television series titled Stonetown in 2006.

“The one thing that distinguished Brad from other students was his ‘can do’ attitude.  He always had the right mental attitude for getting things done,” Dr Mhando said.

After working on Stonetown, Mr Major partnered with director/producer AJ Carter and produced the short film, Ronan’s Escape which is having great success on the festival circuit locally and internationally.

On receiving the award, Mr Major said: “It’s an honour to be the recipient of the Bill Warnock Award and I look forward to working with Martin Mhando to continue to develop Asanti further.”

As recipient of the Bill Warnock Award, Mr Major will receive a support package of up to $6,000 which includes a minimal writer’s fee and professional consultation with a script editor to develop his prize-winning script, Asanti.

The Bill Warnock Award was created in 2001 to commemorate and continue Bill Warnock’s legacy of powerful and imaginative storytelling which was instrumental to the WA screen industry.

The Bill Warnock Award is presented by ScreenWest and Lotterywest.

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