Keith Thompson

The cast of The Sapphires, photo courtesy of Goalpost Pictures

Keith is the recipient of many awards and nominations.

His original feature film, Clubland, starring Brenda Blethyn, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was sold to Warner Independent Pictures in one of the festival’s biggest distribution deals. Clubland won the 2007 AWGIE Award for Best Original Feature Film, the overall AWGIE for Outstanding Australian Script of the Year and was nominated for an AFI (Australian Film Institute) Award for Best Original Screenplay.  Keith co-adapted Tony Brigg’s stage play, The Sapphires which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in a Special Midnight Screening.  The screenplay again won two AWGIE Awards for Keith in 2012, Best Feature Film Adaptation and the overall AWGIE for Outstanding Australian Script of the Year.  THE SAPPHIRES took home 11 AACTA awards in 2013. including Best Adapted Screenplay.  Keith had previously won the Overall AWGIE for Outstanding Australian Script of the Year in 1991 for an episode of GP.

Keith has written for over 30 years, including multiple episodes for over 25 television series and mini-series.  Highlights include co-creating and writing 16 episodes of Lockie Leonard, a 2x 26 part children’s series based on the books by Tim Winton. Lockie Leonard won the 2008 50th Annual Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children’s Program and an AFI in 2007 for Best Children’s Television Drama. Keith’s episode was also nominated for a 2007 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award in the Children’s Television International Category.   Keith co-created the telemovie franchise Small Claims with partner Kaye Bendle for Channel Ten, and his feature-length television documentaries The Battle Of Long Tan (Fox) and He’s Coming South (History Channel/Fox) were both nominated for Logie Awards, with He’s Coming South winning best documentary.  He has been the script editor on over 30 Australian feature films.

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