Killing Eve and La Belle Sauvage announced among 2019 CAMEO Award winners

Killing Eve and La Belle Sauvage announced among 2019 CAMEO Award winners

 Guest speakers: James Runcie, author and London Book & Screen Week 2019 Ambassador; Barry Cryer, OBE, comedy writer & performer; Delyth Thomas, BAFTA nominated director

Four remarkable winners have been announced tonight at the third annual Creativity Across Media: Entertainment and Originality Awards (CAMEOs). Kicking off London Book and Screen Week (LBSW, 11 – 17 March 2019), the awards celebrate books at the heart of the creative industries, recognising the best adaptations across TV, film, stage and audio. The 2019 winners are:



Call Me By Your Name

Book original by André Aciman (Atlantic Books)

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

Screenplay: James Ivory




Book original by Nigel Slater (Harper Perennial)

Adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett




Killing Eve

Book original by Luke Jennings (As Codename

Villanelle, John Murray)

Adapted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge


La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust)

Book original by Phillip Pullman (Penguin)

Adapted by Random House Audiobooks

Hosted at White City House, the ceremony included words from LBSW 2019 Ambassador James Runcie, author of The Grantchester Mysteries and Commissioning Editor of Arts at BBC Radio 4; comedy writer and performer Barry Cryer OBE, best known for his work on It’s Tommy Cooper, The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, and Doctor in the House; and BAFTA nominated director Delyth Thomas whose credits include Victoria and Hetty Feather.

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

‘Now in its third year, the CAMEOs showcase the value of books as source material for other visual and audio mediums, and this year’s winners and shortlistees are no exception. The celebration of these talented individuals and exceptional collaborations is always a fantastic way to begin London Book & Screen Week, as we continue to explore the different ways in which we consume stories today.’

Call Me By Your Name was adapted from André Aciman’s novel by James Ivory, who won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It starred Armie Hammer (The Social Network, The Man from U.N.C.L.E), Timothée Chalamet (Lady Bird, Interstellar) and Michael Stuhlbarg (The Shape of Water) and was directed by Luca Guadagnino. The judges commended this production as being a truly international collaboration, commenting on the passion of the producers’ vision for this story which was shown beautifully on film, taking an important story and elevating it into a really stunning film.

Nigel Slater’s award-winning autobiography Toast was adapted for stage by Henry Filloux-Bennett. Following a phenomenal sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it made its West End debut to critical acclaim. The judges felt that this incredible stage production really delivered the warmth and essence of the original book, finding a true home on the stage.

Killing Eve was brought to life as an 8-part TV series by writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who worked closely alongside Luke Jennings, author of the original novel Codename Villanelle. The TV adaption starred Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster, Thirteen) and Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy, Sideways) and was nominated for the Best Television Series (Drama) at this year’s Golden Globes. The judges were blown away by this wonderful example of collaboration between author, screen writer and production company. Extraordinary production values were bought together with brilliant storytelling to create a TV adaptation that experienced incredible success in both the UK and the US.

La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust) was adapted by Random House Audiobooks, with actor Michael Sheen narrating Phillip Pullman’s award-winning book. The Bookseller deemed the audio recording ‘the best piece of narration [they’d] ever heard’. This year’s judges overwhelming felt this was the perfect package: “Truly the X Factor!” They praised Michael Sheen’s brilliant performance and the production team for creating a truly evergreen recording.

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 festival (11 – 17 March 2019), a seven day series of events across the creative capital, celebrating books and the films, TV programmes they inspire.

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