Speakers

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The London Screenwriters’ Festival features 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.


A massive thanks to the volunteers who were all polite, jolly and helpful… See you next year!

Hayley November, Screenwriter

Hayley November, Screenwriter

Legend

Ted Tally

Ted Tally – Screenwriter

Credits include: Silence Of The Lambs, Red Dragon, The Juror

Ted Tally joins us at the LSF for a very special screening of the film which won him an Oscar, the outstanding 'Silence Of The Lambs'
Ted Tally
Joel Schumacher

Joel Schumacher – Director & Screenwriter

Credits include: The Lost Boys, The Client, Flatliners, Falling Down, House of Cards

Known for his versatility, style and ability to move between genres, Joel is a Hollywood legend.
Joel Schumacher

The LSF was the perfect combination of the practical and the inspirational with just plain amazing on top.

Colleen Burn, Screenwriter

Colleen Burn, Screenwriter

Headliners

Lynda La Plante, CBE

Lynda La Plante, CBE – Screenwriter & Author

Credits include: Prime Suspect

Lynda has created some of the most iconic and successful British TV series, including Prime Suspect, Widows and The Governor.
Lynda La Plante, CBE
William Nicholson

William Nicholson – Screenwriter & Novelist

Credits include: Gladiator, Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Road To Freedom

Twice Oscar nominated William Nicholson is a British screenwriter, playwright, and novelist.
William Nicholson
David Reynolds

David Reynolds – Screenwriter

Disney and Pixar writer David Reynolds credits include; Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2 & 3 and The Emperor's New Groove.
David Reynolds
Julie Gray

Julie Gray – Script Guru and Story Development Consultant

Author: Just Effing Entertain Me: A Screenwriter's Atlas

Story analyst, Julie directed the Just Effing Screenwriting Competition for 6 years.
Julie Gray
Nik Powell

Nik Powell – Producer and Director of National Film and Television School

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.
Nik Powell
Pilar Alessandra

Pilar Alessandra – Script Consultant and Educator

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.
Pilar Alessandra

An extraordinary event that put the writer – as an individual and as a group – at the centre, and met the needs of all, from the most hesitant emerging talent to the most hard bitten…

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter

Awards Host

Rhona Cameron

Rhona Cameron – Writer and performer

One of the best stand up comedians in the UK. In 1992 Rhona won Channel 4’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ award
Rhona Cameron

One of the best hours of my life – the Actors Table Read at LSF

Terry Comer, Screenwriter

Terry Comer, Screenwriter

Screenwriters

Daniel Martin Eckhart

Daniel Martin Eckhart – Scriptwriter

Credits include: Brother Grimm, Blood Eagle

These days Daniel works with some of Germany’s best networks, producers, directors and actors creating top-rated TV movies.
Daniel Martin Eckhart
Barbara Machin

Barbara Machin – Screenwriter

Credits include: Waking The Dead, The Bill

Barbara Machin is the BAFTA and EMMY award winning screenwriter who created BBC1’s worldwide selling hit series Waking The Dead.
Barbara Machin
Griff Rhys Jones

Griff Rhys Jones – Writer, actor and presenter

Credits include: Smith & Jones, Not The Nine O'Clock News

Griff is one of the UK's most renowned comedians, writers, actors and television presenters.
Griff Rhys Jones
Steve Ince

Steve Ince – Writer and designer

Credits Include: Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon

Author of 'Writing for Video Games' and an award-winning games script writer.
Steve Ince
Robert Thorogood

Robert Thorogood – Screenwriter

Robert is the creator and lead writer of the 8 x 60' BBC 1 television series 'Death in Paradise', his first broadcast credit.
Robert Thorogood
Paul Bassett Davies

Paul Bassett Davies – Writer

Credits include: Spitting Image, Alas Smith And Jones, Rory Bremner, Magic Roundabout

Paul has written for and directed the biggest names in comedy. He's also creative director of The London Comedy Writers' Festival
Paul Bassett Davies
Phil Ford

Phil Ford – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Sarah Jane Adventures, Dr Who, Torchwood

Award winner Phil has written hundreds of hours of classic TV including The Sarah Jane Adventures, Dr Who and Torchwood.
Phil Ford
Kurti & Doyle

Kurti & Doyle – Screenwriters

Credits include: Going Postal, Primeval, Sinbad

Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle broke into the business by writing and selling a spec script, Newton's Law, which led to 14 further movie commissions.
Kurti & Doyle
Tony Jordan

Tony Jordan – Writer and producer

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.
Tony Jordan
Amma Asante

Amma Asante – Writer & Director

Credits include: A Way Of Life

Writer and Director Amma was recently announced as one of Variety's ‘10 Directors to Watch’ this year.
Amma Asante
Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker – Writer

Credits include: Black Mirror, Dead Set, A Touch Of Cloth

Charlie Brooker has worked across the spectrum of media, as a writer, producer, journalist, cartoonist and television and radio presenter.
Charlie Brooker
Claudia Myers

Claudia Myers – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Fort Bliss, The Long Road Back, Kettle Of Fish

Claudia is an Award winning Screenwriter, Director and Educator; her latest feature 'Fort Bliss' is released autumn 2014.
Claudia Myers
Danny Robins

Danny Robins – Screenwriter & Broadcaster

Credits include: Young Dracula, We Are History

Danny created the hugely successful BAFTA and RTS Award winning BBC children’s series Young Dracula.
Danny Robins
Dennis Kelly

Dennis Kelly – Screenwriter

Credits include: Utopia, Pulling

Dennis wrote and co-produced his most recent series Utopia and co-wrote the award-winning comedy series Pulling.
Dennis Kelly
Elly Brewer

Elly Brewer – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Story Of Tracy Beaker, The Dumping Ground

Elly is a multi-award winning writer who’s been writing TV for young people since the mid-80’s.
Elly Brewer
Emma Reeves

Emma Reeves – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Dumping Ground, Tracy Beaker Returns

Emma is a versatile and experienced writer working across adult and children's TV drama and the stage.
Emma Reeves
Ged Parsons

Ged Parsons – Screenwriter

Credits include: Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week

Ged Parsons is an award-winning writer of TV and radio and has written for some of the biggest names in comedy.
Ged Parsons
Holly Pickering

Holly Pickering – Indie Games Developer

Holly Pickering is the Founder and Solo Developer of Indieful Entertainment and Co-Founder of feminist meetup group 'LadyCADE'.
Holly Pickering
Jonathan Asser

Jonathan Asser – Screenwriter

Credits include: Starred Up

Jonathan was voted Best British Newcomer at the London Film Festival 2013.
Jonathan Asser
Jonathan Ruffle

Jonathan Ruffle – Writer & Producer

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.
Jonathan Ruffle
Laura Wade

Laura Wade – Screenwriter & Playwright

Credits include: The Riot Club

Laura's Screenwriting feature debut is the critically acclaimed 'The Riot Club' adapted from her own stage play 'Posh'.
Laura Wade
Merlin Ward

Merlin Ward – Screenwriter & Playwright

Credits include: The Widow (Play), Out Of Bounds

Merlin has successfully transferred his Screenwriting skills to the stage, to great effect!
Merlin Ward
Michael Clarkson

Michael Clarkson – Writer & Director

Credits include: Death Ship 666!

Michael has just finished his second 5 star production 'Once Upon a Nightmare' after his cult-hit 'Titanic' parody 'Death Ship 666!' sold out in Edinburgh and London respectively.
Michael Clarkson
Michael Mueller

Michael Mueller – Screenwriter & Producer

Credits include: The Beat Beneath My Feet, Dummy

Michael Mueller is an award winning Film and Television writer.
Michael Mueller
Mike Bithell

Mike Bithell – Games Writer, Designer & Coder

Credits include: Thomas Was Alone, Volume

Mike is the man behind Thomas Was Alone, an indie game that started as a hobby project, and went on to sell a million copies.
Mike Bithell
Nathan Cockerill

Nathan Cockerill – Screenwriter

Credits include: M.I.High, Peter Rabbit, House Of Anubis

Nathan is a Scriptwriter with eighteen years experience writing for both children’s and adult television.
Nathan Cockerill
Pete Sinclair

Pete Sinclair – Screenwriter

Credits include: Lead Balloon, Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Pete Sinclair has written for many of the most popular TV and Radio sit-coms and shows of recent years, including Lead Balloon.
Pete Sinclair
Tony Grisoni

Tony Grisoni – Screenwriter

Credits include: Southcliffe, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Tony joins us at the LSF to talk about his gripping BAFTA nominated CH4 drama Southcliffe.
Tony Grisoni
William Ivory

William Ivory – Screenwriter & Producer

Credits include: Made In Dagenham, Truckers, Common As Muck

Actor turned Screenwriter William Ivory is perhaps best known for the cracking 'Made In Dagenham'.
William Ivory

Slickly organised, friendly and with a lively, sparky cohort of attendees. Please invite me back.

Richard Holmes – Feature Film Producer

Richard Holmes – Feature Film Producer

People who get stuff made

Yvonne Grace

Yvonne Grace – Television Drama Producer/Script Editor/Writer

Credits include: Eastenders, Holby City

Yvonne has worked in script editing, story development and production for the BBC, Granada, Channel 4 and ITV.
Yvonne Grace
Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes – Producer

From 'Soft Top...' and 'Shooting Fish' to 'Eden Lake' and 'Resistance'

Prolific and tenacious British producer who gets films made where others fail...
Richard Holmes
Philip Shelley

Philip Shelley – Channel Four Screenwriting Course and Script editor

Credits include: Waking The Dead, Medics

Writer, producer and script consultant Philip also runs the Channel Four Screenwriting course.
Philip Shelley
Paul Ashton

Paul Ashton – Senior Film Exec | Creative England

Paul leads the BFI NET.WORK Talent Centre in Sheffield, supporting filmmakers towards their first feature via short film production and feature film development.
Paul Ashton
Mellie Buse

Mellie Buse – Screenwriter & Producer

Credits include: Grandpa In My Pocket

Grandpa In My Pocket has received three BAFTA nominations and won the 2010 Welsh BAFTA for Best Children’s Programme.
Mellie Buse
Julian Friedmann

Julian Friedmann – Film, TV and literary agent

Agent and great supporter of emerging talent.

Julian has years of experience as a literary agent and was the founder of ScriptWriter magazine.
Julian Friedmann
Jeremy Howe

Jeremy Howe – Drama Commissioning Editor | Radio 4

Credits include: The Archers, Bloomsday

Jeremy is responsible for commissioning over 300 titles a year for Radio 4.
Jeremy Howe
Chris Sussman

Chris Sussman – Commissioning Editor BBC Comedy

Credits include: Not Going Out, Him & Her, The Peter Serafinowicz Show

Chris oversees development of new scripts and pilots for BBC Comedy.
Chris Sussman
Stephen Follows

Stephen Follows – Writer and producer

Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language

Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer. 
Stephen Follows
Cameron Roach

Cameron Roach – Commissioning Editor | SKY Drama

Credits include: Bad Girls, Life On Mars, Silk

Prior to undertaking his current role at SKY Drama, Cameron has done stints at most of the UK majors including Tiger Aspect, ITV, BBC, Kudos and Shed.
Cameron Roach
David Livingstone

David Livingstone – Producer

Credits include: Pride, Billy Elliot, United 93

David was President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution at Universal Pictures and Working Title. His first feature as Producer is the current UK smash 'Pride'.
David Livingstone
Fiona Gilles

Fiona Gilles – Producer & Actor

Credits include: The Beat Beneath My Feet, City Slacker

Fiona is a producer with Scoop Films as well as being a successful stage and screen actor.
Fiona Gilles
Gavin Poolman

Gavin Poolman – Financier

Credits include: Festival Express, The Zookeeper

Seasoned Producer and financier, Gavin is also co-founder of Apollo Media Ltd and heads up one of the UK's largest film funds
Gavin Poolman
Isabelle Pechou

Isabelle Pechou – Fiction & Scripted Programs International Scouting |France Television

At France Television, Isabelle oversees Fiction scouting at the newly created International TV Scouting Unit.
Isabelle Pechou
Jane Berthoud

Jane Berthoud – Head of Radio Comedy BBC

Credits include: The News Quiz, Just A Minute

Jane makes around 160 hours of radio content each year, making it the single largest producer of comedy in the world.
Jane Berthoud
John Lloyd

John Lloyd – Screenwriter & Producer

Credits include: Blackadder, Not The Nine O'Clock News, To The Manor Born

John is best known as the original producer of Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI.
John Lloyd
John Yorke

John Yorke – MD Company Pictures

Credits include: Shameless, Life On Mars, Bodies

John is Managing Director of Company Pictures, the UK drama independent producing Skins, Shameless and The White Queen.
John Yorke
Maggie Ellis

Maggie Ellis – Head of Artists’ Moving Image | Film London

Credits include: Shifty, Strawberry Fields

At Film London Maggie is responsible for overseeing the agency's commissioning of artists' moving image work and talent development.
Maggie Ellis
Simon Harper

Simon Harper – Series Producer of Holby City

Credits include: Holby City

Simon has many years of script editing under his belt and is now Series Producer on Holby City.
Simon Harper
Sophie Gardiner

Sophie Gardiner – Commissioning Editor, Drama | Channel 4 and E4

Credits include: Eureka Street, Sinbad

Sophie has over a decade in the business Producing and Commissioning high quality TV Drama.
Sophie Gardiner
Steve La Rue

Steve La Rue – TV Development Exec

Credits include: Buffy, X-Files, The Simpsons

Steve was instrumental in the development and production of TV classics Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, Millennium, King of the Hill, Battlestar Galactica, and The Simpsons.
Steve La Rue

I have had two script requests and a meeting with a producer and NONE of this would have happened if it wasn’t for you and your team

Ndidi Spencer, Writer and Director

Ndidi Spencer, Writer and Director

Directors

Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman – Writer & Director

Credits include: Swinging With The Finkels, Foster, Maria Mundi and the Midas Box

Jonathan most recently directed the $25m movie Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.
Jonathan Newman
Eran Creevy

Eran Creevy – Director and Screenwriter

Credits include: Shifty, Welcome To The Punch

Eran wrote and directed the BAFTA nominated Shifty; his latest feature Welcome To The Punch was Executive Produced by Ridley Scott.
Eran Creevy
Debbie Isitt

Debbie Isitt – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Confetti, Nativity 1, 2 & 3

Debbie's unique improvisational methods have attracted the cream of UK comedy to her projects including Martin Freeman, Alan Carr, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan and David Tennant.
Debbie Isitt
Alice Troughton

Alice Troughton – Director

Credits include: Cucumber, Merlin, The Sarah Jane Adventures

Alice has Directed umpteen episodes of many of the UK's most innovative and successful TV shows.
Alice Troughton
Amy Mathieson

Amy Mathieson – Director & Writer

Credits include: 1 Way Up: The Story Of Peckham BMX

Amy wrote, directed and Produced 1 Way Up: The Story of Peckham BMX which grew from a short 2D film to a 3D feature length doc.
Amy Mathieson
David Bryant

David Bryant – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Drunk On Love, Dead Wood

David's first feature Dead Wood was shot for £7k and was bought by Lionsgate for a US release.
David Bryant
Justin Trefgarne

Justin Trefgarne – Producer, Writer & Director

Credits include: Narcopolis, Peter Rabbit

Narcopolis writer & director Justin was featured as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow line-up in 2008.
Justin Trefgarne
Marc Munden

Marc Munden – Director

Credits include: Utopia, The Devil's Whore

Utopia Director Marc was listed by Broadcast magazine as the No.1 director working in television in their annual Hot 100 edition 2013.
Marc Munden
Marcus Markou

Marcus Markou – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Papadopoulos & Sons

DIY filmmaker Marcus wrote, directed, financed, produced and self distributed indie favourite Papadopoulos & Sons.
Marcus Markou

There is a generosity of spirit and which pervades every aspect of the festival, creating a sense of the possible. I became a screenwriter this weekend

Colleen Burns, Writer

Colleen Burns, Writer

Actors

Adeel Akhtar

Adeel Akhtar – Actor

Credits include: Utopia, Four Lions, The Dictator

Adeel is most know for his role as ‘Faisal’ in British comedy Four Lions, and can currently be seen in CH4's Utopia.
Adeel Akhtar
Fiona O

Fiona O'Shaughnessy – Actress

Credits include: Utopia, Nina Forever

Fiona's most notable television role is in Channels 4's cult series Utopia playing the role of Jessica Hyde.
Fiona O
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Nathan Stewart-Jarrett – Actor

Credits include: Utopia, Misfits

Nathan is best known for starring as Curtis Donovan in the E4 series Misfits and as Ian in C4's Utopia.
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Owen Teale

Owen Teale – Actor

Credits include: Game Of Thrones, Under Milk Wood

One of Wales's best loved and known actors, Owen can currently be seen in the HBO mega-hit Game Of Thrones.
Owen Teale

I’m always on the look out for inspiring stories and new collaborators at the PitchFest

Jade Alexander, Devilishly Handsome Productions

Jade Alexander, Devilishly Handsome Productions

People who know stuff

Lucy V Hay

Lucy V Hay – Script editor | Bang2write

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.
Lucy V Hay
Linda Aronson

Linda Aronson – Guru and screenwriter

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.
Linda Aronson
Joe Mefford

Joe Mefford – Director of Sales | Final Draft

Joe is our man on the ground at Final Draft.
Joe Mefford
Craig Batty

Craig Batty – Senior Lecturer, RMIT University, Melbourne

The Creative Screenwriter, Movies That Move Us

Craig has a PhD in screenwriting, is a senior lecturer, screenwriter, script consultant and author.
Craig Batty
Chris Jones

Chris Jones – Filmmaker and author

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.
Chris Jones
Angeli Macfarlane

Angeli Macfarlane – Script developer

Credits include: Death Of A President, Junkhearts

With years of script development under her belt, Angeli can help you identify where your script needs most work.
Angeli Macfarlane
Abigail Gonda

Abigail Gonda – Development Producer | BBC Writersroom

Abigail sources new writing talent and nurtures writers across a wide range of mediums; including TV, film & radio
Abigail Gonda
Adele Kirby

Adele Kirby – Creative Fitness Trainer

Adele trains creative people for a living while writing short stories, blogs and spec screenplays.
Adele Kirby
Jackie Malton

Jackie Malton – Story Consultant & Writer

Credits: Prime Suspect, Waking The Dead

Jackie is Ex Detective Chief Inspector Metropolitan Police and the role model for award winning series Prime Suspect.
Jackie Malton
Karol Griffiths

Karol Griffiths – Script Editor & Supervisor

Credits include: How I Met Your Mother, Friends

Karol has been Lynda La Plante's script and copy editor for the past 3 years and has Edited and Supervised many prime-time TV shows and films.
Karol Griffiths
Lee Jessup

Lee Jessup – Career Coach

Credits include: Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide To A Screenwriting Career

Lee is a career coach for screenwriters, with an exclusive focus on the screenwriter's professional development.
Lee Jessup
Lucy Bevan

Lucy Bevan – Casting Director

Credits include: Cinderella, An Education

One of the UK's most prolific and accomplished Casting Directors, Lucy has cast many of the biggest names in some of their biggest roles.
Lucy Bevan
Nick Barron

Nick Barron – Agent | The Writers’ Company

Prior to joining the The Writers' Company, agent Nick Barron worked at one of London’s leading literary agencies, The Agency.
Nick Barron
Pete Salt

Pete Salt – Series Medical Advisor | Casualty

Credits include: Casualty

Pete is the real life inspiration for the fictional character Charlie Fairhead played by Derek Thompson in Casualty.
Pete Salt
Shaun Kimber

Shaun Kimber – Author & Educator

Credits include: Controversies: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Shaun is a Snr Lecturer in the Media School at Bournemouth University; he's also a master of horror and extreme cinema.
Shaun Kimber

Made a ton of new friends, delegates and speakers, and ended up with TEN SCRIPT REQUESTS!

Rudolf Kremers, Screenwriter

Rudolf Kremers, Screenwriter

Moderators

Bob Schultz

Bob Schultz – Writer and Producer

Credits include: Great American Pitchfest

Bob has been the Executive Director of the Great American Pitchfest & Screenwriting Conference (GAPF) for eight years.
Bob Schultz
Karen Krizanovich

Karen Krizanovich – Writer, broadcaster, presenter and producer

Credits include: The Film Programme

Veteran LSF Karen brings her years in the media business to ensure insightful and entertaining sessions.
Karen Krizanovich
Guy Cocker

Guy Cocker – Broadcaster

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.
Guy Cocker
Robert Grant

Robert Grant – Writer

Credits include: Writing The Science Fiction Film (Author)

Screenwriter Robert is one of the core team behind The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film.
Robert Grant
Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams – Screenwriter

Former professional singer and drummer, Sarah now writes for the screen and brings her moderating skills to the LSF for the first time this year.
Sarah Williams
Zoe Guilford

Zoe Guilford – Producer

Credits include: The Watchmaker's Apprentice

Zoe is a film producer and actress with a passion for all parts of the industry, especially screenwriting.
Zoe Guilford

I came from Paris and loved it, especially the PitchFest – I got 3 script requests and all the others asked for a one pager or gave me cards!

Eurydice Da Silva, Screenwriter

Eurydice Da Silva, Screenwriter