Magazine article Screen International

'Saint Maud' Director Wins £50,000 IWC Bursary Award

Magazine article Screen International

'Saint Maud' Director Wins £50,000 IWC Bursary Award

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Protagonist Pictures handles international sales on psychological horror from first-time director.

Rose Glass, whose psychological horror feature debut Saint Maud earned an enthusiastic critical reception at its world premiere in Toronto, has won the £50,000 IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with BFI.

Glass collected the prize at Tuesday night’s (October 1) BFI Luminous, the biennial fundraising gala at Roundhouse presented by IWC Schaffhausen and BFI. The NFTS graduate and 2018 Screen Star of Tomorrow was one of three nominees whose first or second film is screening at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. The other two filmmakers are Hong Khaou (writer-director of Monsoon), and Rialto director Peter Mackie Burns.

Danny Boyle, lead juror on the Filmmaker Bursary Award, presented the prize to Glass with co-jurors, IWC Schaffhausen CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr, and BFI CEO Amanda Nevill.

Morfydd Clark stars in Saint Maud as a live-in nurse who believes she is on a mission from God. Protagonist Pictures handles international sales.

“Rose Glass is an extraordinary talent and powerful storyteller,” said Boyle. “Saint Maud is a genuinely unsettling and intriguing film – all the more so for being a debut. Striking, affecting and mordantly funny at times, its confidence evokes the ecstasy of films like Carrie, The Exorcist and Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin. …

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