Speakers

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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.


45 seconds in an elevator, pitching to Joel Schumacher was a dream come true.

Kerry-Ann Calleja McGregor, Screenwriter

Kerry-Ann Calleja McGregor, Screenwriter

Headliners

Nicole Perlman

Nicole Perlman – Screenwriter

Credits include: Guardians of the Galaxy

Co-writer and original champion of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’.
Nicole Perlman
Kate Leys

Kate Leys – Script editor

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
Kate Leys
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

I can only say thank you to the organisers for what felt this end to be a seamless event without hiccups

Neil Hannah, Writer & Director

Neil Hannah, Writer & Director

Screenwriters

Danny Stack

Danny Stack – Screenwriter

Credits include: Origin, Eastenders, Liquid Lunch

Screenwriter, script editor and filmmaker. His latest feature is the live-action family film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?
Danny Stack
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
Andrew Ellard

Andrew Ellard – Screenwriter & Script Editor

Credits include: The IT Crowd, Red Dwarf

“I wish Andrew came as an app” – Graham Linehan
Andrew Ellard
Tim Clague

Tim Clague – Screenwriter and games expert

Writer, blogger and master gamer

Tim Clague is a BAFTA nominated scriptwriter. His latest feature is the live-action family film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?
Tim Clague
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
Alecky Blythe

Alecky Blythe – Screenwriter, Playwright & Actor

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.
Alecky Blythe
Amit Gupta

Amit Gupta – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Resistance, Jadoo, One Crazy Thing

Amit is an award winning filmmaker with three critically acclaimed British features under his belt and more on the way.
Amit Gupta
Carole Solazzo

Carole Solazzo – Screenwriter & Playwright

Credits include: The Archers, Coronation Street

Carole wrote over 400 episodes of The Archers, has written for Doctors and storylined for Coronation Street.
Carole Solazzo
Danny Brocklehurst

Danny Brocklehurst – Screenwriter

Credits include: Shameless, Clocking Off, Talk to Me

Danny is a BAFTA and International Emmy winning screenwriter who has written on some of the biggest UK dramas of recent years.
Danny Brocklehurst
Debbie Horsfield

Debbie Horsfield – Screenwriter

Credits include: Poldark, Sex, Chips & Rock 'n Roll, All The Small Things

Debbie is an award winning screenwriter currently knocking it out of the park with the BBC's smash hit 'Poldark'.
Debbie Horsfield
Gregory Burke

Gregory Burke – Screenwriter & Playwright

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.
Gregory Burke
Joshua St Johnston

Joshua St Johnston – Screenwriter

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
Joshua St Johnston
Laurence Rickard

Laurence Rickard – Screenwriter & Performer

Credits include: Horrible Histories, Yonderland

Larry is BAFTA-winning writer, best known for his work on the hit BBC show Horrible Histories and the Sky 1 fantasy comedy Yonderland.
Laurence Rickard
Leon Butler

Leon Butler – Screenwriter

Credits include: A Hundred Streets

Leon Frederick Butler is a Writer and Producer for television and film.
Leon Butler
Mark Stay

Mark Stay – Screenwriter

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.
Mark Stay
Paula Milne

Paula Milne – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Virgin Queen, Second Sight, The Politician's Husband

Described as one of Britain's most accomplished female screenwriters, we are delighted to welcome Paula to the LSF this year.
Paula Milne
Simon Donald

Simon Donald – Screenwriter

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.
Simon Donald
Toby Whithouse

Toby Whithouse – Screenwriter

Credits include: Being Human, The Game, Torchwood

Toby is the Writer/Creator of Being Human and BBC's stylish hit new show The Game.
Toby Whithouse
Tom Bidwell

Tom Bidwell – Screenwriter

Credits include: My Mad Fat Diary

Playwright turned screenwriter Tom created and wrote the BAFTA nominated E4 series My Mad Fat Diary.
Tom Bidwell

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

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

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
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
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
Stephen Follows

Stephen Follows – Writer and producer

Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language

Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer. 
Stephen Follows
Christine Hartland

Christine Hartland – Producer

Credits include: Nitrate, Containment, WMD

Christine is an independent Producer and founder of Patchwork Productions. She has over 15 years experience in the business.
Christine Hartland
Jamie Campbell

Jamie Campbell – Producer & Creative Director | Eleven

Credits include: The Enfield Haunting, Glue

Co-Founder of Eleven Film, Jamie serves as Executive Producer for much of the company's output.
Jamie Campbell
Jeff Norton

Jeff Norton – Writer-Producer & Author

Credits include: MetaWars, Trucktown, Princess Ponies

Jeff is a writer-producer, and author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars.
Jeff Norton
Joel Wilson

Joel Wilson – Screenwriter, Producer & Director

Credits include: Cast Offs, The Enfield Haunting

Joel is co-founder of Eleven Film and acts as either executive producer, director or producer on all of the company’s output.
Joel Wilson
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

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

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

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
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
Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Honeytrap

Rebecca's debut feature Honeytrap is pulling in rave reviews and won her a nomination for Best British Newcomer Award at the London Film Festival.
Rebecca Johnson
Sebastian Solberg

Sebastian Solberg – Director

Credits include: Modern Man, Colton's Big Night (50 Kisses)

Sebastian is a 24 year old multi-award winning filmmaker from New Zealand based in London.
Sebastian Solberg

I’m still buzzing my socks off about the lab… what a tremendous experience!

Michelle Lindsay, Screenwriter

Michelle Lindsay, Screenwriter

Actors

Celyn Jones

Celyn Jones – Screenwriter & Actor

Credits include: Keepers, I'm Jack, A Poet In New York

Celyn is a critically acclaimed actor and writer who The Times referred to as “the powerhouse writer-performer behind the greatest Dylan Thomas biopic yet”.
Celyn Jones
Tracy Brabin

Tracy Brabin – Actor & Screenwriter

Credits include: Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Poppy

Tracy is an actor and writer currently developing a six part series for Rollem Productions.
Tracy Brabin

An amazing, amazing, amazing few days! I can’t begin to tell you how career-changing it was, from the pure inspiration of the speakers to meeting all the delegates…

Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter

Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter

People who know stuff

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
Jean Kitson

Jean Kitson – Agent

Founder: Kitson Management

Jean Kitson is an agent representing film, TV, theatre and radio writers and directors.
Jean Kitson
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
Kira-Anne Pelican

Kira-Anne Pelican – Screenwriter & Script Consultant

Kira-Anne is an independent script consultant, a PhD researcher in Screenwriting, and visiting tutor at the Met Film School, London.
Kira-Anne Pelican
Ludo Smolski

Ludo Smolski – Development Consultant

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.
Ludo Smolski
Mel Churcher

Mel Churcher – Acting Coach

Credits include: Sherlock Holmes, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Mel has coached actors (and some directors) on over 50 major films & TV series.
Mel Churcher
Phil Mathews

Phil Mathews – Screenwriter & Programme Leader | Bournemouth University

Phil began his career in Special Make-up Effects before moving into Screenwriting.
Phil Mathews

Rich, varied and current selection of speakers and panel experts, great venue and professionally and smoothly run. Fantastic value for money…

Simon Preston, writer

Simon Preston, writer

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
Nigel Floyd

Nigel Floyd – Film Critic and Broadcaster

Credits include: Time Out, Radio 5, Radio 4, Radio 3

Time Out film critic Nigel will be interviewing top speakers for the London Screenwriters Festival 2013.
Nigel Floyd
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
David Nicholas Wilkinson

David Nicholas Wilkinson – Producer

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.
David Nicholas Wilkinson
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
Matt Harlock

Matt Harlock – Director

Credits include: American: The Bill Hicks Story, The Monkey Cage

Matt is an award winning documentary and drama Director and is the founder of 'No Direction Home', the director’s networking community.
Matt Harlock

‘My Script Lab with John Yorke changed the way I look at story and pitching forever.’

Kristina Day, Screenwriter

Kristina Day, Screenwriter