RCS graduate Krysty Wilson-Cairns celebrated for contributing to the UK’s creative excellence

RCS graduate Krysty Wilson-Cairns celebrated for contributing to the UK’s creative excellence

Published: 13/01/2022

Hollywood screenwriter, Oscar nominee and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate Krysty Wilson-Cairns has been recognised as one of the UK’s greatest creative talents.

Krysty is one of more than 100 artists from UK higher education institutions who are being honoured in Universities UK’s Creative Sparks campaign, which celebrates the creativity found at UK higher education institutions.

The nationwide campaign showcases the importance of the creative industries and highlights the immense contribution of UK universities and specialist institutions to the sector.

Last year, Krysty received an Honorary Doctorate from RCS to recognise her outstanding achievements in a career that has taken her from Glasgow’s southside to Hollywood.

Krysty has enjoyed a stellar rise to fame since graduating from the Digital Film and Television programme at RCS in 2009, now the BA Filmmaking degree.

She co-wrote World War One epic and box office smash 1917 with director Sam Mendes that scooped a string of awards including seven BAFTAs, two Golden Globes and three Oscars – and earned Krysty her first Oscar nomination in the Original Screenplay category.


Krysty also co-wrote Last Night in Soho with acclaimed director Edgar Wright. The psychological thriller, which hit cinema screens in October last year, is set in London with a cast that includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Dame Diana Rigg, Matt Smith and Terence Stamp.

Last Night in Soho is on the EE British Academy Film Awards longlist for 10 categories, including Outstanding British Film. The nominations will be announced on Thursday 3 February. The winners will be announced on Sunday 13 March.

Last Night in Soho is also nominated in six categories – including Best Original Screenplay – at the Hollywood Critics Association. The awards ceremony takes place on February 28.

Krysty is also working on one of the world’s biggest and best-loved movie franchises. Krysty and Taika Waititi – who won Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit at the 2020 Oscars – will co-write the script for the as-yet-unnamed Star Wars feature film, with Waititi also on directing duties.


Visit RCS Film to find out more about studying on the three-year BA Filmmaking degree

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