Sydney Law School student wins prestigious screenwriting competition

30 July 2008

William Howarth, a fourth year Arts/Law student, recently won the final of the John Jameson Productions Screenplay Competition, which entitles the three winning recipients to a $20,000 budget each to produce their script by team of professionals.

William's script represented one of eight finalists, with another student colleague in the running, Tom McKeith, who is also a fourth year Arts/Law student at Sydney Law School.

The pair completed first year Arts/Law at the Australian National University (ANU) before successfully acquiring a transfer place at Sydney in 2006.

In a recent article published in the Wentworth Courier before the final, William stated, "I certainly wouldn't see us as rivals.

"It's the first time we have entered separately into a competition like this, and it was nice that we both made the final.

"We're both studying law but film is definitely where the passion is. Law is a good way of training your mind to think analytically - but our future lies in the film industry."

The competition required entrants to submit a good idea with an unexpected ending in less than 200 words.

There are two rounds of judging, with all the initial 200 word entries read by a group of professional script-readers, writers, directors or producers, finally reduced to a list of eight finalists.

The final eight screenplays were judged by a panel of well-known industry professionals, including Academy Award Winning Cinematographer, Russell Boyd, at a special ceremony last week.

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