NEW SPEAKERS TO BE ADDED IN SPRING 2017
The London Screenwriters’ Festival features around 150 professional speakers from all aspects of the film and television business. Many have also agreed to intimate Script Chat sessions after their respective events so that you can get face time with them. New speakers are added periodically with the vast majority being confirmed late spring / early summer 2017. Get updates by signing up below.
From the welcome at the door, to meeting my peers, talking with the experts and networking it was a brilliant three days. Can't wait for next year.
Barry Lewis, Screenwriter
Credits include: The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers
Story consultant to the biggest names in Hollywood.
Credits include: Die Hard, The Fugitive
Jeb has been a motion picture and television screenwriter, director and producer for over 30 years and is considered one of the great action screenwriters in film history.
Credits: 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'
plus... 'Time After Time' and 'Star Trek: The Voyage Home'. And now Nicholas is writing the new Star Trek: Discovery. Seriously.
LSF is an espresso hit of craft and creativity... I defy anyone to leave not buzzing and charged up
Paul Draper, Screenwriter
Credits include: Suffragette, Saving Mr Banks, Elizabeth
Alison is one of the UK’s leading film and television producers.
Credits include: Wanted, The Fountain, The Fifth Element
Iain is an established and award winning international film producer with a credit list as long as your arm!
Credits include: Shameless, State of Play, Cracker
A BAFTA award-winning TV writer, series creator and producer, Paul is one of the most UK's most revered writers working today.
Credits include: The Coffee Break Screenwriter
Pilar's students and clients have written for Lost, Prison Break, Nip Tuck, House of Lies, CSI and Family Guy.
Screenwriter of 'K-9' with Jim Belushi and 'Trojan War' with Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Screenwriter and producer, head honcho at 'Go Into The Story' and Black List offical blog scribe.
Thank you for such an AWESOME festival, it was truly incredible and has really reignited that drive and desire to make it in the film industry.
David Jacobson, LSF Superhero Volunteer
Credits include: Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes
Ashley is a veteran TV writer who has created and written several long-running series for the BBC and ITV.
He wrote on Judge Dredd, Freddy Vs Jason and Aquaman and has worked with Stan Lee, Robert Evans, Warner Bros. and Disney XD.
Credits include: Land Girls, Rastamouse, Smack the Pony
Roland created the award-winning returning drama series Land Girls for BBC1 and has written for a range of television series.
Credits include: Gnomeo & Juliet, Mike Bassett and Mariah Mundi And The Midas Box
Rob has written for the biggest names in film including 'Gnomeo and Juliet' which grossed $200m for Disney!
Credits include: Line Of Duty, Cardiac Arrest
Jed's most recent credit, 'Line of Duty', is the most watched BBC2 drama series in the multichannel era.
Credits include: Hustle, Life On Mars, Holby Blue
He’s written for and created some of the most iconic and successful British TV series, including Life on Mars and East Enders.
Credits include: Blush, Bitch Boxer, Blue
Bitch Boxer writer Charlotte recently won the inaugural BBC Screenplay First Award and is currently developing a script with BBC Films.
Credits include: Moving On, Broken
Seasoned playwright Colette broke into screenwriting in 2012 when she was commissioned to write an Episode of Jimmy McGovern's Moving On for BBC ONE
Credits include: The Five, Ordinary Lies, Shameless, Clocking Off
Danny is a BAFTA and International Emmy winning screenwriter who has written on some of the biggest UK dramas of recent years.
Credits include: '71, One Night In Emergency
An award winning and prominent Playwright and Screenwriter, Gregory's most recent work is the hard hitting '71 starring Jack O'Connell.
Credits include: Tommies, Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Jonathan created, writes and produces the a four-and-a-half year real-time drama - Tommies which airs on BBC Radio this autumn.
Credits include: The Moorside, See No Evil, Mo
Neil's most recent drama 'The Moorside', about the abduction of Shannon Matthews in Dewsbury in 2008 was broadcast on BBC to widespread critical acclaim earlier this year.
Credits include: The Vicar of Dibley, Miranda
Paul has worked for 35 years in Radio and TV as a comedy writer, producer, script editor and commissioning editor.
Credits include: My Hero, Losing It
Paul is best known for his work on 'My Hero', 'May to December' and 'Neighbours from Hell'.
Credits include: Ripper Street, Mistresses
Richard is the Lead Writer, Creator and Executive Producer on all five series of 'Ripper Street'.
Credits include: Fallen London, Imago
Rob is a game writer, narrative designer and voice director.
Credits include: Tear Me Apart
Tom's feature debut 'Tear Me Apart' premiered at the Austin Film Festival and he is currently working on his second feature ‘Gun’.
Credits include: Murdered By My Father
BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Screenwriter and Playwright Vinay is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre, as well as developing projects for the BBC and the BFI.
Absolute value for money. Plan what you're going to attend in advance and go for it.
Sarah Turner, Screenwriter
People who get stuff made
Credits include: Eastenders, Holby City
Yvonne has worked in script editing, story development and production for the BBC, Granada, Channel 4 and ITV.
Credits include: Kes, Beautiful Thing, This Life
Tony has had a prestigious and varied career as an actor, script editor, screenwriter, director and producer.
Agent and great supporter of emerging talent.
Julian has years of experience as a literary agent and was the founder of ScriptWriter magazine.
Credits include: Prime Suspect, Cracker, Queer As Folk
Gub is an award-winning producer who has headed up the Drama departments at both Channel 4 and Granada.
Credits Include: The First Film, How To Change The World
David has been involved in the production/ distribution of over 100 British feature films with budgets from £20,000 to $16 million.
Credits include: Alleycats, McQueen
Producer Andee's debut feature Alleycats is distributed internationally by a Major International Studio in over 20 countries.
Credits include: '71, The Girl With All the Gifts
'71 Producer Angus has been an active participant in the Scottish and UK independent film production community for more than 25 years.
Credits include: MetaWars, Trucktown, Princess Ponies
Jeff is a writer-producer, and author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars.
Credits include: Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life On Mars
John Yorke is Managing Director of Angel Station where he works as a drama producer, consultant and lecturer on all forms of storytelling.
Credits include: The Jason Byrne Show, French & Saunders
Julia produces comedies for Radio 2.
Martin and Imaginati Studios are currently focused on creating games based on 'The Planet of Apes' franchise on console and PC.
Credits include: The Crying Game, Mona Lisa
Virgin co-founder turned Producer, Nik is the man behind some of the most successful and acclaimed British films of all time.
Credits include: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Former exec at BBC Films and head of film at Company Pictures, Robyn is now an independent producer.
Credits include: Last Resort, Tomorrow La Scala, A Poet in New York
Ruth is a multi-award winning producer. She was awarded the O.B.E. in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Drama.
Credits include: It's a Wonderful Life
Ruth runs JK Rowling’s Bronte Film and TV and won both an Oscar and BAFTA for 'It's a Wonderful Life' directed by Peter Capaldi
Credits include: Grabbers, Miss You Already
Samantha is a prolific Producer, freelance script and development consultant and a lecturer who creates and runs training courses for emerging filmmakers.
Thank you for this unforgettable time and life-changing experience. It was magical!
Valeriya Ordinartseva, Screenwriter
Credits include: Alleycats, McQueen
Ian Bonhôte is an award-winning film Director and Producer. His first feature Alleycats was distributed in 20 countries.
Credits include: Onegin, Chromophobia
Award winning, visionary director of sumptuous Russian period piece 'Onegin' and the powerful and contemporary 'Chromophobia'.
You really have managed to pull off the impossible – a festival that is so much fun to attend for delegates and speakers alike
Sascha Hecks, Producer
Credits include: Little Britain, Peep Show, Marcella
Naomi Cooper-Davis is an actor, improviser and comedian and a regular on the improv circuit with her group 'The Petting Zoo'.
An outstanding and extremely well-run Lab and my writing has benefited enormously from it. Can't thank you guys enough.
Eben Skilleter, Screenwriter
People who know stuff
Bionic blogger, script editor and the voice of new writers!
Legendary for her enthusiasm and knowledge which she shares with her community at Bang2Write. Core member of the LSF team.
Author of: The 21st-Century Screenplay
Linda Aronson returns to dazzle LSF delegates with her game changing explanations of how to construct non-linear and multiple storyline films.
Credits include: Oscars shortlisted Gone Fishing, the Guerilla Handbooks and a bunch of feature films
Chris has spent his life making movies, writing books and helping others make their movies.
Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language
Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer.
Founder: Kitson Press Associates
Jean Kitson is an agent representing film, TV, theatre and radio writers and directors.
Writer: Doctors, Script Editor: EastEnders, The Runaway
Charlotte has extensive script editing experience in development and production.
Chris Hewitt is the News Editor at the always OUTSTANDING Empire Magazine.
Credits include: Doctor Who, Torchwood, Casualty
David is an accomplished Script Editor and Producer who has worked on many of the UK's most popular continuing drama series.
Credits include: Irreplaceable You, The Last Photograph
Farah is a BAFTA nominated producer, best selling author and founder of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Competition.
Credits include: How I Met Your Mother, Friends
Karol Griffiths is a successful script editor and development consultant with over twenty years of experience.
Kira-Anne is an independent script consultant, a PhD researcher in Screenwriting, and visiting tutor at the Met Film School, London.
Credits include: Casualty, Eastenders
Lucy instigated a Writers’ Room system at Casualty which now commissions the majority of its writers in that way.
Credits include: Moon, The Machine, Scar Tissue
Manuel has worked with industry heavy hitters including Guillermo del Toro, Richard Attenborough and Nic Roeg, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn.
Publishing Credits include: The Writer's Journey, Save the Cat!
Michael Wiese is the world’s top publisher of over 200 film books (plus 40 more on consciousness) including The Writer’s Journey and Save the Cat.
Credits include: Tripped, Endeavour
Paul is a script editor for leading drama company Mammoth Screen.
Zina started off working in production working on shows such as Critical (Sky) before moving into the creative side of TV.
I pitched my script to an agent at the festival and five months later, after a rewrite using what I learned at the LSF, I've just been signed by that agent!
Hayley November, Screenwriter
Credits include: Garrow's Law, Iron Monk, Tales of Peter Rabbit
Barrister turned writer Mark served as story editor on Garrow's Law and has several TV and feature projects ready to go.
Credits include: Great American Pitchfest
Bob has been the Executive Director of the Great American Pitchfest & Screenwriting Conference (GAPF) for 13 years.
Credits include: The Film Programme
Veteran LSF Karen brings her years in the media business to ensure insightful and entertaining sessions.
Credits include: 50 Kisses, Cancer Hair
Gail's short Cancer Hair won 'Best Fiction' and 'Best of Fest' at the Isle of Man Film Festival and won IMDb New Filmmaker of the Year at Bath Film Festival.
Broadcasting credits: BBC 5 Live, Sky News, CNN
Writes regularly for Wired, T3 and Stuff, and is the resident video game expert on BBC 5 live, Sky News and CNN.
Lisa worked in development and production at Warner Bros and HBO Films before relocating to the UK to teach screenwriting.
Credits include: 50 Kisses ('Enough' segment)
Maureen is a veteran of the LSF production team, now working for Blueberry Creative Consultants. She is also a talented director in her own right.
Professional singer and drummer, Sarah also writes for the screen and brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
Thank you for the encouragement, inspiration and the opportunity to be part of a community. It really was a life changing experience’
Donna O’Reilly, Screenwriter