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Great McGinty gets Sir Peter Ustinov Award 2006

1 December 2006

Bristol graduate Nimer Rashed (BA, 2002) has won the 2006 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting award for his script The Great McGinty.

Bristol graduate Nimer Rashed (BA, 2002) has won the 2006 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting award for his script The Great McGinty. The award was presented to him on 18 November at the International Emmy Awards Gala New York.

‘It’s all very exciting, and something of a blur’, he said.

In addition to receiving a cheque for US $2,500, Nimer's script will be performed by a group of professional New York actors at the International Emmy World Television Festival before an audience of worldwide television executives.

In the early 1990s, Nimer acted professionally on stage and screen, including roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the BBC, LWT, and in the feature film Impromtu. He went on to work for Miramax Films in London, New York, and at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2006, his play ItchycooPark won second place at Soho Theatre’s Westminster Prize and was performed at the theatre. He has had further readings at the Soho Theatre, and is currently on the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court. His fiction has appeared in Transmission and on Pulp Net.