A STUDENT from Wirral has been awarded a BAFTA scholarship to support his studies.
Luke Stapleton from Bebington, has been given £2,300 towards his screenwriting masters degree at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).
BAFTA-winning screenwriter Peter Moffat, who wrote BBC’s Criminal Justice, will be mentoring Luke as part of his scholarship.
In return the 22-year-old will share his learning experiences on the BAFTA website and participate in future outreach to schools.
The former Bebington High Sports College student has a degree in film studies and creative writing from LJMU’s Liverpool Screen School.
Luke said: “To be accepted by an institution such as BAFTA is a true honour.
“The scholarship will provide me with invaluable support and is an incredible way to start my career in screenwriting.
“My lecturer recommended I go for the BAFTA scholarship.
“I sent them one of my scripts, they liked it and called me down for an interview.
“Now BAFTA are paying for the first year of my masters and I’ve got a mentor in Peter Moffat, a BAFTA-winnng screenwriter.
“I’ve had a keen interest in films since sixth form at Bebington High where I had some great teachers who allowed me to explore the medium more.”
Luke is one of six recipients, nationally to be given the scholarship and this is the first year of the programme in the UK.
Anne Morrison, chair of BAFTA’s learning and events committee, added: “The recipients of these scholarships are extremely talented but without this help would have struggled to pursue their studies and enter the industry.
“I’m thrilled that BAFTA is playing its part in finding and developing fantastic new talent and giving them the chance to shine.”
Judith Jones, director of Liverpool Screen School said: “Many congratulations to Luke on being awarded this scholarship. I’m delighted that he is using it to continue his studies here at the Liverpool Screen School.”