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The Dark Lady of DNA


Sloan Grant(s) Won: 
2016, Screenwriting, University of Southern California


Rosalind Franklin’s work was essential to unraveling the mysteries of DNA, one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the twentieth century. But the woman herself is missing from all the history books. This is the story of Rosalind Franklin, the Dark Lady of DNA.


Michael Clarkson is a British writer/director. He studied at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (USC), for which he was granted a scholarship from BAFTA LA and USC. His theatre production Death Ship 666! played at the Edinburgh fringe before transferring to London’s West End theatres. He makes online short films which have entered into international film competitions at places such as Pinewood Studios.