The cast of Underbelly, photo courtesy of Screentime
Peter Gawler is one of the most highly celebrated and commercially successful screenwriters in Australian history, widely acclaimed for his contributions to the definitive Australian crime franchise, Underbelly.
Peter is a Melbourne-born graduate of the Swinburne Film & Television school. In a career spanning 30 years he has worked as a script editor, script producer, writer and most recently producer on many series, mini-series and telemovies, plus several feature films. His credits include Water Rats, Halifax FP and the telemovies The Postcard Bandit, Little Oberon and A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne.
Peter wrote six episodes of the first Underbelly series, and together with co-writers Felicity Packard, Greg Haddrick and Kris Mrksa won the Mini-Series (Adaptation) Award and the Major Award at the 2008 AWGIES. He has also contributed scripts to Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities and Underbelly: The Golden Mile, his first credit as producer.
Peter’s monumental contribution to the industry is heavily reflected in the awards he has received. Prior to winning the 2008 Australian Writers’ Guild Major AWGIE Award, Peter had won four AWGIES for his acclaimed telemovies and drama series, in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006. Peter has also won additional AWGIE Awards in the same categories for his ongoing participation in the Underbelly franchise, in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Peter has also been nominated for AFI Awards for his screenplays, in 1986, 1998 and 2008. In 2001 he received the Australian Centenary Medal in the Queen’s New Years Honours List for his outstanding service to Australian society through television writing.