And the 2017 winners are…
Best Book to Film adaptation
Winner: 45 Years Book original ‘In Another Country’ by David Constantine (Comma Press)
Best Book to TV adaptation
Winner: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Book original by Walker Books
Best Book to Game adaptation
Winner: Beast Quest
Book original by Adam Blade (Orchard Books)
Best Book to Stage adaptation
Winner: Hetty Feather
Book original by Jacqueline Wilson (Yearling)
Four outstanding book adaptations from the past two years have been honoured at a special ceremony tonight at Soho House for the inaugural Creativity Across Media: Entertainment & Originality Awards (CAMEO).
Deliberated by a cross-section of creative industry professionals including digital film makers, literary editors and theatre programmers, the judging panel chose 45 Years, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Beast Quest and Hetty Feather as winners from a strong shortlist submitted for this year’s awards.
Awards were presented by bestselling author, scriptwriter and ambassador for London Book & Screen Week, David Nicholls.
Best Book to Film – 45 Years
Based on David Constantine’s short story In Another Country, this daring adaptation received phenomenal critical acclaim, winning 16 awards. It became a landmark in British film history, achieving £1 million in box office sales after only 12 days of screening through art house cinemas.
Best Book to TV – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
The television adaptation of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt first aired on Channel 4 last Christmas, and was voiced by Olivia Colman, Mark Williams and Michael Rosen. In the competitive world of Youtube and on demand programming, it attracted an audience of over eight million people in its first 26 minute outing, bringing new life and new audiences to a much-loved children’s classic first published in 1989.
Best Book to Game – Beast Quest
Beast Quest has been enormously successful both in print and game format with over 8.3 million downloads to date. The judges felt that the beautiful design and richness of gameplay in this app put it on a level with some of the biggest video games available, offering players multiple levels and a depth beyond expectation for a book adaptation.
Best Book to Stage – Hetty Feather
The stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather had two consecutive West End runs and UK-wide tours and was nominated for Best Family and Entertainment Show at the 2015 Olivier Awards. The judges felt that this successful adaptation transformed the much-loved children’s book into a visually exciting and incredibly inventive production that captured the imagination of the whole audience, both children and adults alike.
The CAMEOs are a collaboration between London Book & Screen Week and the Publishers Association to recognise the integral role books play within the creative industries as an inspiration for plays, film, TV and games.
The CAMEOs ceremony coincides with the launch of this year’s London Book & Screen Week (13-19 March 2017), a seven day series of events celebrating books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire.
The judges involved in this year’s awards include: Julian Friedmann, Arifa Akbar, Katrien Roos, John Lomas-Bullivant, Alice Ryan, Douglas Schatz, Charlotte Longstaff, Alison Norrington, Liz Rosenthal & Sharna Jackson.
Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week, says “It has been such a pleasure to bring together so many talented individuals tonight to celebrate the many fantastic projects inspired by books. Ahead of The London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week, it is a wonderful reminder of the valuable role books play within the creative industries, which are a driving force of the British economy.”