Winners revealed for inaugural CAMEO awards

Four stand-out book adaptations from the past two years have been named as winners for the Creativity Across Media: Entertainment & Originality Awards (CAMEO) for 2017.

Deliberated by a cross-section of creative industry professionals including digital film makers, literary editors and theatre programmers, the judging panel chose the following projects from entries submitted across the award’s four categories:

Book to Film

  •  45 Years
 Book original ‘In Another Country’ by David Constantine (Comma Press) 

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.

Book to TV

  •  We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
 Book original by Michael Rosen (Walker Books) 

The television adaptation of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt firstaired 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.

Book to Game

  •  Beast Quest
 Book original by Adam Blade (Orchard Books)

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.

Book to Stage

  •  Hetty Feather Penguin
 Book original by Jacqueline Wilson (Yearling) 

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.


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