NEW SPEAKERS TO BE ADDED IN SUMMER 2016
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 2016. Get updates by signing up below.
To get so many high powered and practical people to the festival is a terrific achievement. I’ve benefited and it’s more than worth the cost.
Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter
Credits include: Fight Club, Jumper
Breaking his own cardinal rule, Jim joins us at the LSF for a live script to screen where he will undoubtedly be "talking about Fight Club".
How nice to be able to ask questions and have a conversation in a non-stressful environment.
Carolyn Cameron, Screenwriter
Credits include: TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells
Drawing on her experience as a studio exec, Jen guides writers to shape their material, hone their pitches and focus their careers.
Author of: Writing For Emotional Impact
Karl is a screenwriter and sought-after script doctor and consultant, specializing in the reader’s emotional response to the page.
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.
I’m writing a thriller and my mentor who I’m having regular sessions with wrote a book on how to write thrillers. Doesn’t get much better than that
Credits include: Borat, Bruno, The Dictator, Dirty Grandpa
In 2007, Dan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing Borat.
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.
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: 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: London Road, Come Out Eli
Alecky's feature adaptation of her award winning play London Road starring Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman airs on BBC in June 2015.
Credits include: Torn, Amnesia, A Mother's Son
Chris is the writer of over 100 hours of prime time British drama including the award winning 'Unforgotten'.
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: The Chamber Of Beheaded Queens
KT just won the period/historical feature category of Final Draft's Big Break competition and her first play was staged this spring.
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: The Widow (Play), Out Of Bounds
Merlin has successfully transferred his Screenwriting skills to the stage, to great effect!
Credits include: The Archbishop and the Antichrist
Currently in prep for the film version of 'The Archbishop and the Antichrist' starring Forrest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn.
Credits include: Carrie's War, Silent Witness
Michael Crompton trained and worked as an actor before writing for the stage and then radio. Last year he wrote two of ITV’s most watched drama’s - Code of a Killer and Safe House.
Credits include: Big Bad World, Between The Lines
Nicholas' debut feature 'Florence Foster Jenkins' starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant was released in cinemas in May 2016.
Credits include: Imagine Me & You, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,
After making his start on Grange Hill, Ol's career path has led him all the way to the BAFTA nominated 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.
Credits include: Plebs, How Not To Live Your Life
Sam is the co-creator, writer and director of Plebs, the multi-award-winning Ancient Roman sitcom.
Credits include: Despite the Falling Snow
British writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist screenwriter, and feature film director.
Credits include: My Name Is Emily
Simon Fitzmaurice is an award-winning writer and film director, his debut feature the award winning 'My Name Is Emily' was released in April this year.
Credits include: Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin
Simon was a translator before starting his writing career as a novelist, adapting his two novels 'Men Behaving Badly' and 'Wideboy' into TV series.
Credits include: Waking the Dead, Silent Witness
Stephen has been a screenwriter and theatre playwright for more than four decades.
Credits include: Hinterland, A Mind to Kill
As well as writing, Susan has years of experience as a script editor, consultant, mentor and tutor.
Credits include: Being Human, The Game, Torchwood
Toby is the Writer/Creator of Being Human and BBC's stylish hit new show The Game.
Credits include: Tear Me Apart
Tom is a screenwriter and producer. His debut 'Tear Me Apart' premiered at the Austin Film Festival and he is currently working on his second feature ‘Gun’.
The videos are amazing. Every time one gets uploaded it’s like the festival never really ended, love them. and so helpful!
Tsonko Bumbalov, 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.
Apocalypto, King Arthur, Ondine, Shanghai Noon and Last Of The Mohicans
Apocalypto, King Arthur, Shanghai Noon and Last Of The Mohicans are a handful of films on Ned's resume - it reads more like our movie collection!
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.
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: The Archers, Bloomsday
Jeremy is responsible for commissioning over 300 titles a year for Radio 4.
Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language
Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer.
Credits include: The King's Speech, Kajaki. The True Story
Gareth produced The King's Speech and walked away with an Oscar, a BAFTA and countless other awards.
Credits include: Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later...
Co-Founder of DNA Films, best known for his collaborations with John Hodge and Danny Boyle.
Credits include: Pet Squad, Bear Behaving Badly, Teletubbies
After a short stint in ‘grown up drama', she has been regressing ever since…
Credits include: Despite the Falling Snow
Hanan is the award-winning sole producer of four feature films and head honcho behind TEDxHolyLand.
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: 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 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: Cabu Cabu, Comfort Food
Sandy is a freelance screenwriter, dialogue consultant and the Head Writer at Box Room Films.
I’m currently rewriting a few scenes of my script in order to avoid possible legal issues flagged up in the legal clinic.
Bruno Catarino, Screenwriter
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: Extinction, Survivors
As well as being a Director of film and TV, Adam also works with young people delivering workshops, seminars and lectures across all disciplines of filmmaking.
Credits include: The Killing, The Enfield Haunting
Kristoffer was lead director on Danish phenomenon The Killing and more recently The Enfield Haunting for SKY.
Credits include: Colin, Magpie
Marc is an award winning Director, Screenwriter, Camera Operator, Editor & Producer.
Credits include: The Herd, Wallander
Melanie's latest short film The Herd has played film festivals world wide including the Oscar qualifying Sitges. It has been watched online over 400,000 times.
Credits include: The Women of Troy, The Butterfly Tattoo
Phil has directed five feature films including 'The Last Showing' and 'Four Warriors' as well as over 100 television commercials.
From this particular Jersey girl who took 24 hours and a 13.5 Force 7 sleepless, overnight ferry crossing to get there, A GREAT BIG THANK YOU!
Jan Caston, Screenwriter
Tiana Benjamin is a British actress best known for playing Chelsea Fox in over 300 episodes of the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders.
‘I didn’t expect the friendliness, warmth and generosity of sharing time, ideas and experiences with other writers that I found at LSF’
Jenny Bayliss, Screenwriter
People who know stuff
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: Hollyoaks, Casualty, Blue Murder
Hayley McKenzie is an experienced Script Editor in UK television and feature films and the founder of Script Angel.
Founder: Kitson Management
Jean Kitson is an agent representing film, TV, theatre and radio writers and directors.
Credits include: Disco Pigs, Candy
Angus is a leading international film and creative industry specialist.
Charlie has developed a wide-ranging and international practice at Hogan Lovells. He is widely recognised as a leader in the online sphere.
David is a feature filmmaker, consultant and trainer. He is a regular tutor at London Film Academy.
Credits include: Ocean Descent, The London Heist, The Getaway
VR pioneer and the CEO of Dream Reality Interactive.
Credits include: Suffragette
Emily started at Ruby Films working as a PA for Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits. She is now working at Cuba Pictures supporting Dixie Linder and Nick Marston.
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.
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: 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: The Criminal Alphabet, A Few Kind Words and A Loaded Gun
Reformed convict Noel is now a best selling author.
Credits include: My Family, Tree's Lounge
Former movie executive, Yalda is now an expert on child development and consults with Disney and Henson Pictures.
John Yorke’s session was hugely helpful, giving me an insight into serial structures, and what commissioners are looking for – plus as I was asking him for some advice on my TV drama he requested the script
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: The Film Programme
Veteran LSF Karen brings her years in the media business to ensure insightful and entertaining sessions.
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.
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.
Author of: Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class
Guardian columnist Owen won the 2012 Stonewall Journalist of the Year and 2013 Political Book Awards Young Writer of the Year.
Professional singer and drummer, Sarah also writes for the screen and brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
Credits include: Mad Frankie Fraser
Award winning film-maker and publisher Tyrone has a firm reputation for tackling some very controversial issues.
A packed, intense, immersive rollercoaster ride
Paul Sukhija, Director