‘Under The Skin’ Director Jonathan Glazer Awarded U.K. Screenwriting Fellowship

'Under the Skin'

Director: Jonathan Glazer
Cast: Scarlett Johansson
In Competition

Under the Skin centers on an alien in human form on a journey through Scotland.

The filmmaker was given a $47,000 grant and access to scientists and medical research as part of the Wellcome Trust, BFI award

Under The Skin and Sexy Beast director Jonathan Glazer has been named the 2014 Wellcome Trust and British Film Institute Screenwriting Fellow.

The second such award from the global health charity foundation and the BFI, in association with Channel 4’s film unit Film4, was presented at an event held at the Trust’s London headquarters on Wednesday night.

As a fellow, U.K. filmmaker Glazer has been awarded a grant worth $47,000 and will have access to the Trust’s scientists and research until Dec. 2015. The fellowship is designed to help immerse the fellow in information on science and medicine that would normally not be readily available.

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"Being awarded the screenwriting fellowship is a unique opportunity," said Glazer in accepting the prize. "I’m looking forward to being exposed to new influences and ideas and where they might lead me.

Glazer, who didn't name a particular project he would use the fellowship to work on, earlier this week saw Under the Skin receive a nomination in the international category for the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

At the London event, 2013 fellow Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant) spoke about her experience since being awarded the inaugural prize, which she described as like being "given the golden ticket to the chocolate factory."

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She said: "They genuinely want to inspire and don’t want anything in return. There’s no catch."

Barnard said she had been able to use her time at the Wellcome Trust to research a film about sibling relationships and childhood sexual 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," she said.