NEW SPEAKERS TO BE ADDED IN THE SUMMER
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.
An embarrassment of riches, I was like a kid in a candy store
Amanda Harper, Creative
Credits include: Guardians of the Galaxy
Co-writer and original champion of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’.
Kate’s session on storytelling at past festivals is the stuff of legend. Do NOT miss her!
Kate has had a hand in some of the UK's most successful feature films including The Full Monty and Trainspotting
Author: Just Effing Entertain Me: A Screenwriter's Atlas
Story analyst, Julie directed the Just Effing Screenwriting Competition for 6 years.
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: The Coffee Break Screenwriter
Pilar's students and clients have written for Lost, Prison Break, Nip Tuck, House of Lies, CSI and Family Guy.
Credits include: Essentials of Screenwriting (Author)
Celebrated storytelling guru, movie industry expert and chairman of UCLA’s legendary graduate program in screenwriting.
A huge wave of inspiration and positivity and friendship bubbles up – it’s quite palpable and vivid and a very lovely contagion.
Barbara Machin, creator ‘Waking The Dead’
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
Credits include: '71, One Night In Emergency & Blowback
An award winning and prominent Playwright and Screenwriter, Gregory's most recent work is the hard hitting '71 starring Jack O'Connell.
Credits include: The Enfield Haunting, Walking on Sunshine
Joshua's three part serial for Eleven Film, The Enfield Haunting is currently in post production and will premiere on Sky Living in spring 2015
Credits include: A Hundred Streets
Leon Frederick Butler is a Writer and Producer for television and film.
Credits include: Eddie's Dead, Robot Overlords
Mark is the co-writer of 'Robot Overlords' which went from a two-pitch into a £7m indie British film starring Gillian Anderson.
Credits include: Fortitude, Wallander, The Deep
Simon's latest series, Fortitude launched in January 2015 and was Sky Atlantic's most successful drama launch to date.
Highlight for me was the Actors Table Read, the actors and director really brought my script to life
Geoff Stillwell, 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: Waking The Dead, Medics
Writer, producer and script consultant Philip also runs the Channel Four Screenwriting course.
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: Baseline, Sign Language
Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer.
Credits include: The Enfield Haunting, Glue
Co-Founder of Eleven Film, Jamie serves as Executive Producer for much of the company's output.
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.
I really enjoyed the PitchFest and meeting writers face to face
Rebecca Long, Financier and Producer
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.
Credits include: Papadopoulos & Sons
DIY filmmaker Marcus wrote, directed, financed, produced and self distributed indie favourite Papadopoulos & Sons.
Wonderful and Fabulous festival… bloody well done!
Barbara Machin, BAFTA and Emmy winning Screenwriter
People who know stuff
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: Prime Suspect, Waking The Dead
Jackie is Ex Detective Chief Inspector Metropolitan Police and the role model for award winning series Prime Suspect.
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.
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.
Credits include: Filth, Leave To Remain
Ludo is a development consultant and script editor, and is a co-Tutor of the National Film & Television School's Postgraduate Diploma in Script Development.
Credits include: Sherlock Holmes, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Mel has coached actors (and some directors) on over 50 major films & TV series.
Phil began his career in Special Make-up Effects before moving into Screenwriting.
The Elevator Pitch was the best shot of adrenaline I’ve had in years – the perfect legal high
Diana Rampton, Writer & Filmmaker
Credits include: Great American Pitchfest
Bob has been the Executive Director of the Great American Pitchfest & Screenwriting Conference (GAPF) for eight years.
Credits include: The Film Programme
Veteran LSF Karen brings her years in the media business to ensure insightful and entertaining sessions.
Credits Include: Mother's Milk, To The Lighthouse
David has been involved in the production/ distribution of over 100 British feature films with budgets from £20,000 to $16 million.
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.
The Script Chats were open and informative and leisurely.
Rebecca Handley, Screenwriter