Shortlists announced for 2019 CAMEO awards

The winners will be announced Monday 11 March 2019 in a ceremony at White City House to launch the 2019 London Book & Screen Week festival

London Book & Screen Week Ambassador James Runcie, author behind ITV’s hit series Grantchester and Commissioning Editor for Arts at BBC Radio 4, will be a special guest speaker at the 2019 Awards


Twelve outstanding shortlistees are announced today in the third annual Creativity Across Media: Entertainment and Originality Awards (CAMEOs). Celebrating books at the heart of the creative industries, the awards recognise the best adaptations across TV, film, stage and audio.

Book to Audio Award

  • La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust), Book original by Phillip Pullman (Penguin), Adapted by Random House Audiobooks

  • This is Going To Hurt, Book original by Adam Kay (Picador), Adapted by Macmillan Digital Audio

  • The Holy Vible, Book original by Elis James and John Robins (Trapeze), Adapted by Orion Publishing Group Limited

Book to Film Award

  • Disobedience, Book original by Naomi Alderman (Viking), Directed by: Sebastián Lelio, Screenplay: Sebastián Lelio /Rebecca Lenkiewicz

  • The Little Stranger, Book original by Sarah Waters (Virago), Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson, Screenplay: Lucinda Coxon

  • Call Me by Your Name, Book original by André Aciman (Atlantic Books), Directed by: Luca Guadagnino, Screenplay: James Ivory

Book to TV AWARD

  • A Very English Scandal, Book original by John Preston (Penguin), Adapted by Russell T Davies

  • Killing Eve, Book original by Luke Jennings (As Codename Villanelle, John Murray), Adapted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

  • Patrick Melrose, Book original by Edward St Aubyn (Picador), Adapted by David Nicholls

Book to Stage Award

  • A Monster Calls, Book original by Patrick Ness (Walker Books), Adapted by Sally Cookson for Bristol Old Vic & The Old Vic

  • Toast, Book original by Nigel Slater (Harper Perennial), Adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett

  • My Name is Lucy Barton, Book original by Elizabeth Strout (Viking), Adapted by Rona Munro

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week, says:

“This year’s shortlist demonstrates how books remain an extraordinarily rich source of material for some of this year’s most celebrated films, TV programmes, theatre productions and audio downloads. Books, and the view into others’ worlds they offer, never go out of fashion and it is fantastic to see these great examples of their influence on, and successful collaborations with, other brilliant creative industries.”

In a world where stories are being consumed in so many different forms, the CAMEOs recognise adaptations that have made the most impact in the last calendar year. Judges base their decisions on criteria including, but not limited to: box office sales; review coverage; critical acclaim; social media profile; industry prize nominations and more.

Expert judges from all sectors of the entertainment industry deliberated across each of the categories. 2019 judges, chaired by Helen MacAleer, are: Philippa Donovan (Smart Quill), Katrien Roos (Harbottle & Lewis), Douglas Schatz (Samuel French), Rina Gill (RGM Productions), Terri Paddock (What’s On Stage), John Lomas-Bullivant (Kickback Media), Tamsin Collison, Anna Rafferty (BBC), Ravina Bajwa (Pottermore).

The CAMEO Awards mark the start of this year’s London Book & Screen Week (11-17 March 2019), kickstarting the seven day series of events celebrating books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire.

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