Speakers

We are assembling the GREATEST  roster of screenwriting speakers for our 2024 programme!

The London Screenwriters’ Festival will host around 130 professional speakers from all areas of the film and television business. Many have also agreed to intimate online Script Chats after their respective sessions so that you can get facetime with them. Although speakers are being added continuously, the vast majority will be confirmed in the summer of 2024. Get updates by signing up below.

Speakers will trickle into the schedule in the run-up to the festival, so make sure to check back every so often so you can plan your festival!

 
 

It’s a fantastic place to meet people who share the same passion for characters and story. You find your people."

Alex Dawson, Screenwriter

Alex Dawson, Screenwriter

Livestreamed & In Person

Dan Mazer

Dan Mazer – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Borat, Bruno, The Dictator, Dirty Grandpa

Dan is currently making waves writing and directing the latest Sacha Baron Cohen phenomenon 'Who is America?'
Dan Mazer
Tom Williams

Tom Williams – Screenwriter

Credits include: Kajaki, Chalet Girl

Tom's most recent feature the critically acclaimed Kajaki was selected for TIFF and received a BAFTA nomination for 'Outstanding Debut' for it's Director and Producer.
Tom Williams
Roland Moore

Roland Moore – Screenwriter

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.
Roland Moore
Lucy V Hay

Lucy V Hay – Script Editor | Bang2write

Bionic blogger, script editor, author and the voice of new writers!

Lucy is legendary for her enthusiasm and the knowledge she shares with her Bang2Write community and is a core member of the LSF team.
Lucy V Hay
Ian Long

Ian Long – Screenwriter and Story Consultant

Credits include: Euroscript, UK Film Council, the First Film Foundation, The Script Factory

Ian Long is a writer, story consultant and teacher.
Ian Long
Hayley McKenzie

Hayley McKenzie – Founder & CEO | Script Angel

Script Angel’s team of BAFTA-winning script editors help writers to elevate their scripts, develop their voice and advance their screenwriting career.
Hayley McKenzie
Chris Jones

Chris Jones – LSF Director & Founder, Filmmaker, Author

Credits include the Oscar®-shortlisted Gone Fishing and Mission Impossible 7

Chris has spent his life making movies, writing books and helping others make their movies.
Chris Jones
Ned Dowd

Ned Dowd – Producer

Credits include: Apocalypto, King Arthur, Ondine, Shanghai Noon and Last Of The Mohicans

A handful of films on Ned's resume - it reads more like our movie collection!
Ned Dowd
Julian Friedmann

Julian Friedmann – Film, TV & Literary Agent

Staunch supporter of emerging talent

Julian has years of experience as a literary agent. He is also the founder of ScriptWriter magazine and author of How To Make Money Scriptwriting.
Julian Friedmann
Frazer Lee

Frazer Lee – Screenwriter and Director

Credits include: On Edge, Red Lines, Panic Button

Frazer is the award-winning writer/director of short horror films On Edge and Red Lines, both starring 'Pinhead' from Hellraiser.
Frazer Lee
Bob Schultz

Bob Schultz – Writer, Producer, Presenter

Credits include: Below Zero, Hitlersaurus!, Knightfall, Advent

Writer, producer, screenwriting professor, co-founder of the Augmented Creativity Academy
Bob Schultz
Stephen Follows

Stephen Follows – Writer and producer

Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language

Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer. 
Stephen Follows
David Nicholas Wilkinson

David Nicholas Wilkinson – Producer

Credits Include: Getting Away with Murder(s), 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.
David Nicholas Wilkinson
Frank Spotnitz

Frank Spotnitz – Screenwriter and Producer

Credits include: The Man in the High Castle, The X Files, Hunted, Millennium

Frank Spotnitz is an award-winning writer and producer best known for his work on The X-Files.
Frank Spotnitz
Alexis Kirke

Alexis Kirke – Screenwriter, Technologist

Alexis Kirke is a screenwriter and technologist who has been innovating in the field of film and Artificial Intelligence for the last decade.
Alexis Kirke
Aschlin Ditta

Aschlin Ditta – Screenwriter

Credits include: Swimming with Men, The Catherine Tate Show, Little Heart

Aschlin is an award-winning Screenwriter known for 'Swimming With Men' starring Rob Brydon and his various collaborations with Catherine Tate
Aschlin Ditta
Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams – Screenwriter

Credits include: New Teletubbies, Topsy and Tim, Waffle the Wonder Dog, Chip and Potato

Catherine has over 15 years’ experience as series co-creator, writer, head writer and script editor on many BAFTA-winning children’s shows.
Catherine Williams
Cera Rose Pickering

Cera Rose Pickering – Screenwriter, Playwright & Actor

Credits include: Downton Abbey, Planes, Trains and Christmas Trees, Styled for Love

When Cera isn’t writing, you can find her appearing in films and TV shows.
Cera Rose Pickering
Clive Frayne

Clive Frayne – Screenwriter, Development Consultant and Author

Author of The Process of Screenwriting

Clive Frayne is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with thirty years' experience writing professionally.
Clive Frayne
David Pope

David Pope – Script Consultant, Screenwriter

Credits include: Miles From Nowhere

David has delivered script consultancy services for projects all over the world, including films that have been candidates for Academy Awards.
David Pope
Dirk Maggs

Dirk Maggs – Writer & Director

Credits include: The Sandman, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Described as as 'The Steven Spielberg Of Audio' (by an over zealous marketing department) and a 'National Treasure' by Neil Gaiman.
Dirk Maggs
Emmanuel Oberg

Emmanuel Oberg – Screenwriter, Author, Creative Consultant

Credits include Double Game; author of the Story-Type Method® series of books

Emmanuel has written for Warner Bros, Gold Circle, StudioCanal, Working Title and Film4.
Emmanuel Oberg
Gemma Mushington

Gemma Mushington – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Dumping Ground

Gemma is an up and coming screenwriter from East London and screenwriting module leader at Central Film School.
Gemma Mushington
Grace Couzins

Grace Couzins – Editor

Credits Include: Pennyworth, Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning

On the Oscar-nominated Editorial team for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning
Grace Couzins
Henry Fitzherbert

Henry Fitzherbert – Screenwriter

Credits include: Slaughterhouse Rulez, Born a King

Henry co-wrote Slaughterhouse Rulez starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Michael Sheen and penned the historical epic Born a King.
Henry Fitzherbert
Iain Weatherby

Iain Weatherby – Writer/Show Creator/Executive Producer

Credits include: Truelove, Oscar & Jim, Cake

Series Creator, TRUELOVE
Iain Weatherby
Jessica Ruston

Jessica Ruston – Screenwriter

Credits include: Harlots, Young Wallander

Jessica is developing both original and adaptation projects with companies such as Dancing Ledge, Monumental Television, Big Light, and 42 UK/US for both terrestial broadcast and streaming.
Jessica Ruston
John Yorke

John Yorke – MD | Angel Station

Credits include: Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life On Mars, EastEnders

John is author of Into the Woods and a drama producer, consultant and lecturer on all forms of storytelling. He also executive produced Wolf Hall.
John Yorke
Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith – Writer

Credits include: Danger Mouse, Dragon Rider, Gnomeo & Juliet

Johnny has written for some classic British family fare: GNOMEO & JULIET, DRAGON RIDER, DANGER MOUSE, and MIKE BASSETT
Johnny Smith
Jon Gilbert

Jon Gilbert – Screenwriter, Script Consultant

Credits include: The Zigzag Kid

Jon is a screenwriter and script consultant with over fifteen years’ experience working in the UK and US film industries.
Jon Gilbert
Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD

Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD – Writer, Researcher, Script Consultant

Author of The Science of Writing Characters

Kira-Anne has 25 years of experience working in the British and American film and TV industries.
Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD
Lucy van Smit

Lucy van Smit – Novelist & Screenwriter

Credits include: The Hurting 

Novelist, TV Producer, Screenwriter and author of the best selling 'A Writer’s Journal Workbook' from Bloomsbury.
Lucy van Smit
Marc Price

Marc Price – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Colin, Magpie

Marc is an award winning Director, Screenwriter, Camera Operator, Editor & Producer.
Marc Price
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
Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold – Actor

Credits include: Teen Wolf, Blade Runner 2049

Since making his mark in 80's cult classic Teen Wolf, Mark has appeared in films such as Florence Foster Jenkins, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Blade Runner 2049.
Mark Arnold
Mark Davis

Mark Davis – Editor

Credits include: Taboo, Unforgotten, Sherlock, Peaky Blinders

Mark is an experienced short-form director with a successful background in cutting long-form drama for BBC, ITV and Channel Four. 
Mark Davis
Matt White

Matt White – Writer

Credits include: Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break, The Sin-Eater

Award-winning genre scriptwriter and a graduate of the LSF Talent Campus programme.
Matt White
May Gibson

May Gibson – Producer & Script Development Executive

Credits include: The Musketeers, Wolfblood

May has worked on the development and production of many television drama, comedy and children’s programmes for the UK and the US.
May Gibson
Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan – Founder | GFM Films

Credits include: The English Patient, What's Eating Gilbert Grape

In 2000 Michael partnered with Guy Collins. Between them they have financed, sold and produced over 200 films.
Michael Ryan
Ol Parker

Ol Parker – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, 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'.
Ol Parker
Pat Higgins

Pat Higgins – Writer, Director

Credits include TrashHouse, Hellbride, KillerKiller

After writing and directing three internationally distributed micro-budget horrors, Pat wrote the award-winning mockumentary, The Devil’s Music.
Pat Higgins
Peter Briggs

Peter Briggs – Writer/Director

Credits include: Hellboy, Thunderbirds Are Go and Panzer 88

Writer of HELLBOY, THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO, and PANZER 88
Peter Briggs
Philip Hughes

Philip Hughes – Screenwriter, Educator

Credits include: Thunderpants, I Want Candy, The Queen's Nose

Phil is Course Leader for BA(Hons) Film & Screen degree at Regent’s University, London and is an experienced script editor for film and TV.
Philip Hughes
Philip Lawrence

Philip Lawrence – Screenwriter

Credits include: EastEnders, Casualty

Philip was awarded the C21 Drama Script Prize with his black comedy drama Euthanasia in Suburbia and currently writes for EastEnders and Casualty.
Philip Lawrence
Rebecca Root

Rebecca Root – Actor

Credits incude: Boy Meets Girl, The Danish Girl

Rebecca is best known for playing Judy in BBC Two’s ground-breaking comedy series 'Boy Meets Girl'.
Rebecca Root
Samantha Horley

Samantha Horley – Writer, Script Consultant, Lecturer

Credits include Executive Producer on Grabbers, Miss You Already

Sam has 20 years' experience in international film sales, development, production and marketing.
Samantha Horley
Ted Wilkes

Ted Wilkes – Screenwriter, Educator

Credits include: Love, Death & Taxes, The Irish Echo, Between Lambs and Lions

Ted teaches Screenwriting and Digital Media at Regent's University and is currently developing a TV series with producer Nick Agha.
Ted Wilkes
Tiffany Yarde

Tiffany Yarde – Screenwriter // Director of Competitions & Partnerships at Roadmap Writers

Credits include: Dress for Success, Bon Voyage

Creating content that challenges the monolithic perception of the "Black experience
Tiffany Yarde
Tim Telling

Tim Telling – Writer

Credits include: The Mash Report

Tim is the editor of the Daily Mash, the UK’s most popular original satire website, and lead writer of the hit BBC2 topical show The Mash Report.
Tim Telling

I recommend LSF, not just to writers but to all storytellers – the actors, directors and producers – because something quite magical happens when we mix."

Marcus Markou, Writer, Director

Marcus Markou, Writer, Director

Legend

Robert McKee

Robert McKee – Author, Educator & Consultant

Credits include: 'Story' and 'Dialogue'

Robert McKee is THE most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world.
Robert McKee

John Yorke's session was hugely helpful, giving me insight into serial structures and what commissioners are looking for – plus, as I was asking his advice on my TV drama, he requested the script!

Rachel Paterson, Screenwriter

Rachel Paterson, Screenwriter

Livestreamed

Michael Petroni

Michael Petroni – Screenwriter, Director

Credits include: Queen of the Damned, Chronicles of Narnia, The Pope's Exorcist

Writer, Director, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, The Pope's Exorcist
Michael Petroni
David Baboulene, PhD

David Baboulene, PhD – Narrative Theorist, Story Consultant

Credits include: Story Theory

David's research into narrative theory has demonstrated how the power of every story lies in the way it resonates with the human mind.
David Baboulene, PhD
Jenna Moreci

Jenna Moreci – Author, YouTuber, Cyborg

Bestselling author, presenter, story analyst

#1 bestselling author, YouTuber, and author of "Shut Up and Write The Book!"
Jenna Moreci
Joey Tuccio

Joey Tuccio – CEO | Roadmap Writers

Roadmap Writers aims to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and the industry execs who can make things happen.
Joey Tuccio
Kathryn Ferguson

Kathryn Ferguson – Emmy-nominated writer and director.

Winner of the inaugural BFI & Chanel Award for Creative Audacity in 2022
Kathryn Ferguson
Paul Kerensa

Paul Kerensa – Screenwriter & Comedian

Writer for BBC1’s Miranda and Not Going Out, among countless others, Paul Kerensa’s the in-demand comic who plays comedy clubs and cathedrals.
Paul Kerensa
Pilar Alessandra

Pilar Alessandra – Script Consultant, Educator

Author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter

Pilar's clients have gone on to write for shows such as House of the Dragon and The Morning Show & have sold features to A24, Netflix & Warner Bros.
Pilar Alessandra
Scott Myers

Scott Myers – Screenwriter, Producer, Educator

Credits include K-9 with Jim Belushi and Trojan War with Jennifer Love Hewitt

Scott is head honcho and scribe at Go Into The Story, official screenwriting blog for the Black List.
Scott Myers

The very fact that you are at the London Screenwriters’ Festival means you want to learn and improve your writing skills, and there are many opportunities to do this."

Rita Wheeler, Screenwriter

Rita Wheeler, Screenwriter

Actors

Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold – Actor

Credits include: Teen Wolf, Blade Runner 2049

Since making his mark in 80's cult classic Teen Wolf, Mark has appeared in films such as Florence Foster Jenkins, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Blade Runner 2049.
Mark Arnold

The three-day buzz was amazing; it was truly inspiring."

Norman Bissell, Writer

Norman Bissell, Writer

Moderators

Guy Mannerings

Guy Mannerings – Moderator

Guy is a moderator for the festival. Guy started in the industry as an actor, before producing, writing, and, more recently, directing.
Guy Mannerings
Kayley Loveridge

Kayley Loveridge – International Scripted Development Executive and Executive Producer

Credits include: Christmas in Scotland; Really Yours, This Chrsitmas; Coupled Up for Christmas

Kayley is a huge champion of writers and lives and breathes all things story (and don't get her started on character - that's a conversation that'll last a day!).
Kayley Loveridge
Liz Slade

Liz Slade – Moderator, Screenwriter, Lawyer

Liz has hosted Q&As with filmmakers at the Raindance Film Festival for the last three years and interviewed Christopher Hampton at LSF 2019.
Liz Slade

The Pitchfest resulted in nine requests for our script, which is really exciting."

Jo Fox, Screenwriter

Jo Fox, Screenwriter