He might have missed out on an AACTA Award nomination, but accomplished scribe, Michael Miller, took home Australia’s richest sci-fi screenwriting prize – the Australian Writers’ Guild’s 2016 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction – for episode five of Cleverman, which aired on ABC TV in June 2016.
With the series co-written by Miller, Jane Allen and Jon Bell, and based on an original concept by Ryan Griffen, Cleverman is a gripping sci-fi drama set in the near Australian future which sees a group of non-humans from ancient mythology battling to coexist in a world where humans are trying to silence, exploit and kill them. Rooted in Aboriginal mythology, the series was met with wide acclaim both locally and abroad, and has already commended shooting a second season.
Like the best science fiction before it, Cleverman ingeniously uses its futuristic setting to ask questions and prompt debate about the society that we live in today. “That was definitely part of the logic behind setting Cleverman in the future,” says Miller. “It’s exciting to think that Cleverman is one of several sci-fi-inspired shows on television at present. Science-fiction is clearly alive and well at the moment, and awards like this help to keep the dream alive. So again thanks to John Hinde for his vision in supporting and celebrating sci-fi in this country.”
The annual AWG John Hinde Award, which was first presented in 2008, is funded by a bequest from the late, iconic film critic, John Hinde.