Selected from over 100 names nominated by the film and television industries, Rungano Nyoni (I Am Not a Witch) has received the 2018 fellowship in recognition of her remarkable screenwriting talent and distinctive approach to exploring the human condition.
What the fellowship is about
We run the fellowship to:
recognise cinematic storytelling that’s visionary, original and enquiring
offer a unique and thought-provoking experience for a screenwriter or writer/director
inspire future ideas for film
explore the intersection between cinema and science.
Rungano Nyoni: "It’s beautiful and refreshing that Wellcome is allowing me to just explore."
Steven Pocock, Wellcome
2017: Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum). Michaela worked with a range of researchers and leading experts on different states of consciousness, the brain, memory and cognition, as well as meeting with expert endocrinologists, to inform her next project.
2016: Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott & Bailey). Sally immersed herself in researching her forthcoming drama about Yorkshire landowner, diarist, mountaineer and traveller Anne Lister, exploring historical attitudes to sexuality and mental health.
2014: Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin, Sexy Beast). Jonathan explored a range of psychological, historical and ethical themes during his fellowship, which are now feeding into his next project.
2013: Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant). Clio's latest film Dark River, which she developed during her fellowship after meeting with psychologists and psychiatrists working on traumatic memory, received its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
What we’re looking for
We award the fellowship to a screenwriter with a distinctive voice. They should have a strong portfolio of previous work that's been produced for film and/or TV.
We expect our Screenwriting Fellows to:
be curious and open-minded
make time to explore, research and think
act as an ambassador for Wellcome in the film industry.
Many of the opportunities offered as part of the award take place in the UK. Our fellows don't have to be UK based, but they should be in the UK for much of their fellowship year.
What we offer
Wellcome wants to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. We believe the best way to encourage creativity is to allow people time and space.
This year-long fellowship offers a chance to explore the unrivalled resources available through Wellcome. We work with each fellow to tailor their year to their interests.
Fellowship activities might include:
introductions to scientists, historians, social scientists, ethicists and creative practitioners (including other Wellcome fellows)