2012 Awardee: Gillian Park
Gillian Park is a young screenwriter of exceptional talent and great promise. She is a natural storyteller with a flair for comedy and a powerful, original voice. Her work reflects her Scottish background with a warmth, vigour and authenticity, but she is equally able to push outside the confines of her own experience to explore different genres and areas of writing.
Born in Irvine, Gillian left school at 17 to do a HNC in TV Production at Glasgow Metropolitan College. Whilst there she discovered a passion for writing, and after finishing her course she was accepted on a course of study at the RSAMD (now the RCS). The short film she wrote and directed there was screened internationally at a number of festivals and went on to win several awards. She graduated from her degree with first class honours.
After graduating, Gillian began working with a variety of production companies, but her dream was to study screenwriting at the National Film and Television School. In 2012 she applied with a script set in Scotland and was successful, gaining an outstanding opportunity to hone her craft. The fees and living costs in London proved challenging, however, and Gillian was awarded a Dewar Arts Award to support her in completing her MA and making the most of the opportunity she had strived for.
How the Award Helped
Gillian received a Dewar Arts Award to enable her to complete her masters degree at the National Film and Television School, London.
Since the Award
March 2015 – Nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award: Writer, Flotsam
Trailer: The Last Resort written by Gillian Park (c) NFTS 2014