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Meroë Candy is a story research and production consultant for film and television drama. We delve extensively into what that entails and what that research looks like. But essentially Meroë provides assistance to writers and producers in world-building, uncovering true stories, story-lining and connecting and coordinating experts from the scientific, historic and medicinal fields to the film industry.
Prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, the UK’s largest private foundation where she built their film and broadcast drama programme and also devised their Screenwriting Fellowship in partnership with Film4 and the BFI. During this time she commissioned and developed over 30 scripts and served as an exec producer on 5 major film productions including Craig Roberts’ Eternal Beauty, Clio Barnard’s Dark River, Paddy Considine’s Journeyman and Rachel Tunnard’s Adult Life Skills.
We talk about her transition from Wellcome to freelance work, how and where she does her research, and also what scientists and storytellers can offer each other.