Agency created to make fantasy real

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A new organisation has been created to forge collaboration between the movie industry and social research.

OKRE – Opening Knowledge across Research & Entertainment – is a hub of expertise to bring authenticity to films, TV and games, said its director, Iain Dodgeon.

"I’m thrilled to announce the launch of OKRE, a unique hub that will facilitate collaboration between the research, entertainment and social impact sectors and help unlock the full potential of the knowledge, skills and innovations in our industries” he said. OKRE’s goal is to fuel the development of fresh ideas in both content and research, expanding understanding of the world and creating positive change in society.  

"We are building on the success of Wellcome’s work in the film, television and games industries. This includes the Screenwriting Fellowship, a wonderful opportunity to champion and nurture exceptional talent; OKRE will be announcing exciting plans for its evolution in the coming months." 

He made the announcement last night at the presentation of the 2019 Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship (in partnership with the BFI and Film4) to the award-winning writer and playwright Lucy Prebble, creator of the Secret Diary of a Call Girl TV series and executive producer and writer for the BAFTA-winning drama Succession. She wins £30,000 to explore the intersection between screenwriting, health and science., and she said she hopes to use it to explore issues of biology and transformation for a horror film she is planning.

OKRE is offering professionals access to a network of experts across the sectors, curated events, resources and funding. OKRE’s partners include Wellcome, UKRI, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy.   


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