Lucas Pittaway in Snowtown, photo courtesy of Carver Films
Shaun Grant’s chilling debut feature film, Snowtown (Directed by Justin Kurzell) was released in 2011 and saw him win the AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2012. Produced by Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw, Snowtown established Shaun as one of Australia’s most exciting screenwriters.
First screening at the BigPond Adelaide Film Festival, Snowtown won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film, and went on to Critics Week at Cannes in 2011 as well as the Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival, San Sebastien and Marrakesh Film Festivals – winning numerous awards along the way including the AWGIE for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Greg Teppar Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Victorian Screen Industry.
A graduate from RMIT in Creative Screenwriting, Shaun was one of four writers who developed and wrote the drama series Killing Time and went on to write on many other Australian drama series. Shaun won another Australian Writers Guild award for his work on the critically acclaimed mini series, Deadline Gallipoli (director, Michael Rymer, Matchbox/NBC Universal).
Shaun recently received two further Australian Writers Guild nominations for his adaptions of the best selling novels. Jasper Jones (directed by Rachel Perkins for Porchlight Films) and Berlin Syndrome (directed by Cate Shortland for Aquarius Films). Shaun won the award for Jasper Jones, making this his third Australian Writers Guild Award. Jasper Jones was released widely in March 2017 and Berlin Syndrome screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festivals – it opened nationally in Australia on 20 April 2017.
Shaun is currently writing multiple projects including; A Man With No Enemies for See-Saw Films, another untitled feature for See-Saw Films with John Hillcoat, The Last Duel for Studio 8 and True History of the Kelly Gang for Porchlight Films, reuniting with Justin Kurzel attached to direct.
Shaun is a member of the WGA and the AWG and currently splits his time between Australia and the USA and is represented by The Fleming Agency (Australasia), Paradigm (USA) and Loeb & Loeb (USA).