Glazer’s £30,000 Fellowship (which will run for one year from January to December 2015) will provide the filmmaker access to the Wellcome Trust’s global network of research centers, as well as the Wellcome Library, the research centre The Hub and exhibitions at the Wellcome Collection.
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Glazer accepted his award from the Wellcome Trust’s Clare Matterson at an evening celebrating the Arts & Sciences; guests from both worlds enjoyed Freudian cocktails, scientific illusionists and "Sex and the City"-inspired therapy sessions.
“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,” Glazer said. “My method of working has always been fluid and receptive, so to be gifted such incredible access will be invaluable.”
This unusual screenwriting initiative is "designed to nurture enquiring minds and unique voices and to bring the worlds of film and science closer together." Glazer was selected by members of the Fellowship Panel: 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.
Matterson and her panel members were excited to “offer a visionary screenwriter the opportunity to delve into the world of biomedical science, with the freedom and flexibility to explore what that might mean to them and their work."
“Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under the Skin
’ was the most compelling and extraordinary cinematic vision of last year," added Francke, "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.”
Eva Yates, Senior Development Editor at Film4, said that they and the Wellcome Trust "share an ethos built around big ideas, which has helped us bring filmmakers and scientists together in a way that’s invigorating for both worlds."
First Fellow Clio Barnard, who will complete her Fellowship by year’s end, said the experience was “like being given the Golden Ticket to the chocolate factory… Over the past year I’ve been able to carry out in-depth research into a film I’m working on about a sibling relationship in the context of childhood sex abuse. The Fellowship has enabled me to explore the psychology of the victim, perpetrator and collaborator in this story in a much more in-depth way, by talking to professionals such as Jackie Craissati, Adam Phillips and Susie Orbach, who explore forensic psychology and the impact of sexual trauma.”