As the new year dawned, there were plenty of things to celebrate.
The writers group, which has more than 600 members, has had the pleasure of hosting many of the biggest names in film and TV, including Oscar-winning directors Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams.
But there was something else to celebrate too, as we take a look back at the careers of the new writers group members and the roles they’ve played in the industry.
From The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to The Handmaid’s Tale, we’re looking back at some of the writers most significant works.
READ MORE: Writers group ‘inspired by film’s best writers’ – the Telegraph’s Nick Bilton The first big winner of the Writers Guild of America’s 2017 New Writers’ Awards was the Australian director and screenwriter Adam McKay.
In the process, he made some big changes to his life.
He left his house in the inner-Melbourne suburbs to live with his family, where he found work at an art gallery.
“I was very conscious of being self-employed, because that’s what I wanted to do,” McKay told The New York Times.
“There were certain restrictions on me in the Australian market.
And I just didn’t have the money.”
He moved to New York to pursue film directing in 2011, but by that point he’d already established himself as a film director himself, having made The Handmaiden.
It was a big, bold gamble for McKay, and it paid off handsomely.
“It was like an overnight success,” he said.
“When I came back, it was like, ‘Wow, what the hell did I do?’
I was like: ‘You know, I’m not sure I could do it.’
And then it’s like, well, you know what?
It’s a career you’ve built, so it’s going to work out that way.”
McKay has been involved in some big screen projects, including The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and The Lego Movie, and he’s also worked on some very big projects, like Guardians of the Galaxy.
He’s a big fan of film, particularly the genre that he’s spent his life pursuing, and has a big following online.
He describes himself as “a big fan” of the British sci-fi classic Blade Runner, and says that the influence of the early work he watched as a child was something that he was “bought into”.
McKay was born in Melbourne, but he was raised in Sydney and spent his formative years in Brisbane.
“My mother was very, very, supportive of me, because I had no father figure, so I was sort of raised by my mother,” he told The Times.
He was always drawn to films, and his favourite was The HandMaiden, which he says he watched growing up with his mother.
McKay said that while he was a fan of the films of Ridley Scott and Ridley Scott’s brother Ridley, he had always felt that his favourite directors were his own, and that he’d always been interested in a “film noir” style of filmmaking.
“One of the things I really like about my dad is he’s a very quiet man, and very humble,” McKay said.
He says he was influenced by the films that he watched in his childhood, and was always aware of what he was missing out on.
“He was very involved in the film industry from the beginning of my life,” McKay says.
“We were watching him, and we’d talk about films and he’d watch them and we were like: “This is what we should do.
This is what’s important.
This’s what we want to do.
“McKay’s career has been a little bit different to other New Writers, with a lot of his time spent in New York, working as an artist.
He made a name for himself as an interior designer and even created a series of sculptures in New Orleans.
He had a career as an actor, too, before being hired by director Steven Soderbergh in 2011.
His first film, The Hand, which came out in 2014, earned McKay a nomination for best director at the Academy Awards.
He went on to make several more films, including an Oscar-nominated remake of the cult film The Hand and a remake of The Big Lebowski.
McKay has a number of films under his belt, but the biggest success has been with The Girl With the Dragon Tails, a 2015 film that made over $200 million at the box office.
He wrote the screenplay, directed the film and starred as a teenager, but it was a huge hit at the international box office and was a major factor in the success of The Hand.
McKay told Entertainment Weekly that he had “never felt more comfortable in my life” than he had when he was writing the film.
McKay is still active in the writing scene, and there have been a few notable films that have come