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MA student wins prestigious screenwriting award

Posted on 15/07/2010

award winner Jonathan Nicol

The David Lean Foundation, in collaboration with the Media Arts Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, has announced its award to young screenwriter Jonathan Nicol, who is graduating from the Screenwriting MA course at Royal Holloway this week. The award is given to a promising new talent in screenwriting and is worth £5,000 for the recipient to spend on developing their work and furthering their film career.

Jonathan, who was taught by screenwriter Susan Rogers at Royal Holloway, impressed the award panel with his energy, enthusiasm and commitment to screenwriting. He said, "I′m delighted to be honoured with the prestigious David Lean Award; it will be an enormous help to me in advancing my career as a screenwriter."

Jonathan plans to use the money to give himself time to develop ‘Best of Luck’, his current spec screenplay, and to start developing new ideas. He also plans to attend next year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival as a delegate, as well as putting some of the money towards making short films to showcase his writing and continue to run creative writing workshops for young people who have no other resources available to them.

The award panel included screenwriter Susan Rogers; screenwriting agent Tanya Tillett of the Rod Hall agency; story editor Kate Leys; and former Film4 exec Danny Takhar, who is now at 16 Films. They said they were impressed with all the nominees but Jonathan stood out with a “strong screenplay, some great ideas and a lot of focus”.

For more information on the MA in screenwriting visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/media-arts/courses/mas.shtml


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