Australian siblings and writing team Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey have been named alongside four other emerging writers selected to receive the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.
Their script "Photo Booth" beat out 6,910 others and has earned each of the winners a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on November 3 in Beverly Hills. For the fourth consecutive year, an ensemble of actors will be reading selected scenes from the winning scripts.
"Photo Booth" follows the story of Jean Bouchet, a successful performance artist who in rising to the pinnacle of her career. She and her husband, Ben, a flailing portrait artist living in his famous father’s shadow, have no children of their own, so they have been trying to adopt a baby through the system. But with all their attempts, they seem to have hit a brick wall and so has their relationship. When Ben learns that a one-night stand with a young waitress resulted in a pregnancy, he suggests to Jean that adopting this baby could be a solution, however unorthodox, to their problems.
Spencer and Lloyd told Australians in Film, "We are so humbled by this experience. The Academy Nicholl Committee is comprised of so many of our heroes and we couldn’t be more grateful to have been chosen by them to be one of this year's fellows."
"We know how precious a platform like this is and we plan to make the most it," they continued.
The 2016 winners are (listed alphabetically by author):
- Michele Atkins, “Talking About the Sky” (Seattle, WA)
- Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey, “Photo Booth” (Balgowlah, Australia)
- Geeta Malik, “Dinner with Friends” (Los Angeles, CA)
- Elizabeth Oyebode, “Tween the Ropes” (Sunnyvale, CA)
- Justin Piasecki, “Death of an Ortolan” (Los Angeles, CA)
Established in 1986, the Academy created the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters from around the world. Since the program’s creation, the Academy has awarded 147 fellowships. For more information on the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, click here.
Congrats, Spencer and Lloyd!