Jonathan Glazer awarded Wellcome Trust/BFI Fellowship
by Naman Ramachandran
- Award worth £30,000 and provides access to research
British writer/director Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin [+see also:
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Glazer said, “Being awarded the Screenwriting fellowship is a unique opportunity: I’m looking forward to being exposed to new influences and ideas and where they might lead me. My method of working has always been fluid and receptive, so to be gifted such incredible access will be invaluable.”
Members of the Fellowship Panel, which includes script and story editor Kate Leys; Director of Strategy at the Wellcome Trust, Clare Matterson; Senior Development and Production Executive at the BFI Film Fund, Lizzie Francke; and Senior Development Editor at Film4, Eva Yates, chose Glazer.
Francke said, “Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin was the most compelling and extraordinary cinematic vision of last year – a 2014 odyssey that explored the space between male and female. The Wellcome Trust Fellowship allows him to get under another skin – exploring biomedical science – and we expect that it will have the same audacious and mind-blowing results.”