Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) is 2017 Wellcome Screenwriting Fellow

Award-winning screenwriter, playwright, actress and poet Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) received the 2017 Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship, in partnership with BFI and Film4.

The Fellowship carries an award of £30,000 together with a year-long tailored experience including unparalleled access to some of the most exciting scientific and humanities research in the world.  Selected from over 100 names nominated by the film and television industries, the award is made in recognition of Coel’s remarkable screenwriting talent and distinctive approach to exploring the human condition.

Michaela Coel said: ͚

“This Fellowship couldn’t have come at a better time. Whilst retaining my individual identity as a writer, my next project will take me on a journey of discovery about brain chemistry, cognitive error, and memory, by the end of which I will undoubtedly have learned to create stories in ways that are currently foreign to me. Here at Wellcome I’ll be able to talk to experts about the diagnosis of personality disorders, cognitive patterns, how they’re formed and myriad other things.  I’m very grateful to have been chosen for this year, and can’t wait to get going.”

Now in its fifth year, the Fellowship is celebrated as a major annual award, which explores the intersection between screenwriting and science. The legacy of the programme is witnessed by the impact upon the work of previous Fellows particularly Sally Wainwright and Clio Barnard. Image credit: Suki Dhanda.

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