Carol Morley awarded Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Fellowship
by Naman Ramachandran
- £30,000 prize designed to bring the worlds of film and science closer together
British writer/director Carol Morley (The Falling [+see also:
interview: Carol Morley
film profile]) is the 2015 recipient of the Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Fellowship in partnership with BFI and Film4. Morley receives an award of £30,000 and access to some of the cutting edge scientific and humanities research. Previous Fellowships have been awarded to Clio Barnard and Jonathan Glazer. The Fellowship is an annual award designed to bring the worlds of film and science closer together. Unusually, the Fellow is not required to produce anything at the end of the year; the intention is to allow time and space to explore and consider without the constraints of a specific project. In doing this, The Trust hopes that the Fellowship’s creative influence will inspire films for years to come.
Morley said, “I am at my most stimulated when I am doing in-depth research - so for me the Fellowship is a dream come true. As well as continuing my interest in aberrations of human behaviour that stem from the mind or the brain, I am looking forward to exploring new areas and stepping into the unknown; this Fellowship will have a significant and lasting impact on the way I see the world and on my future films.”
Rose Garnett, Head of Creative at Film4 said, “Film4 and the Wellcome Trust are natural partners. We’ve loved working with them over the last few years and the Fellowship is becoming a key event in the UK film calendar. It provides a rare resource that allows creative minds enormous freedom and range in exploring their preoccupations.”