Magazine article Screen International

Halflife by Al Smith Wins Inaugural Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize

Magazine article Screen International

Halflife by Al Smith Wins Inaugural Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize

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Al Smith has won the first ever Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize for Halflife, a coming-of-age love story about two brain-damaged teenagers on a road trip.

The £20,000 prize was announced Monday night in London by Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund.

A special commendation also went to Sam Firth, who was given a £10,000 prize to help her develop further her proposed experimental documentary The Story of Me and You, exploring memory, reality and objective truth.

The new prize is being run in association with the BFI Film Fund to encourage feature films inspired by biology and medicine.

Smith's past credits include BBC2 short film series The Cut and work on TV shows Casualty and Holby City.

Clare Matterson, Director of Medical Humanities and Engagement at the Wellcome Trust, said: "Although the quality of shortlisted entries was extremely high, we were unanimous in our decision to award Al Smith our first ever Screenwriting Prize. …

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