Speakers Archive: LSF 2014
Here’s what happened in 2014…
The best festival I’ve attended, EVER!
Marcus Aishant, screenwriter
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
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
Credits include: Sleeping Dogs
The company seeks to finance and distribute distinctive films of quality for theatrical release internationally. We do not focus on specific genre. We don’t do TV.
LSF gave me a much clearer understanding of the industry than I had before I came.
Bianca Rowena, 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'
Credits include: Gladiator, Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Road To Freedom
Twice Oscar nominated William Nicholson is a British screenwriter, playwright, and novelist.
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.
I got so fired up and enthused all I wanted to do was go away and write.
Lorren Boniface, Screenwriter
Credits include: Prime Suspect
Lynda has created some of the most iconic and successful British TV series, including Prime Suspect, Widows and The Governor.
Disney and Pixar writer David Reynolds credits include; Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2 & 3 and The Emperor's New Groove.
Credits include: Wanted, The Fountain, The Fifth Element
Iain is an established and award winning international film producer with a credit list as long as your arm!
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 learned so much, had my mind blown, my reality checked and my inspiration sent sky-high
Will Stubbs, Screenwriter
One of the best stand up comedians in the UK. In 1992 Rhona won Channel 4’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ award
Thank you for the encouragement, inspiration and the opportunity to be part of a community. It really was a life changing experience’
Donna O’Reilly, Screenwriter
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.
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: Smith & Jones, Not The Nine O'Clock News
Griff is one of the UK's most renowned comedians, writers, actors and television presenters.
Credits Include: Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon
Author of 'Writing for Video Games' and an award-winning games script writer.
Robert is the creator and lead writer of the 8 x 60' BBC 1 television series 'Death in Paradise', his first broadcast credit.
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.
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.
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: A Way Of Life
Writer and Director Amma was recently announced as one of Variety's ‘10 Directors to Watch’ this year.
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.
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.
Credits include: Young Dracula, We Are History
Danny created the hugely successful BAFTA and RTS Award winning BBC children’s series Young Dracula.
Credits include: Utopia, Pulling
Dennis wrote and co-produced his most recent series Utopia and co-wrote the award-winning comedy series Pulling.
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.
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.
Credits include: The News Quiz, Newsjack
Gabby Hutchinson Crouch is one of BBC Radio Comedy's Staff Writers.
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.
Holly Pickering is the Founder and Solo Developer of Indieful Entertainment and Co-Founder of feminist meetup group 'LadyCADE'.
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.
Credits include: The Riot Club
Laura's Screenwriting feature debut is the critically acclaimed 'The Riot Club' adapted from her own stage play 'Posh'.
Credits include: The Widow (Play), Out Of Bounds
Merlin has successfully transferred his Screenwriting skills to the stage, to great effect!
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.
Credits include: The Beat Beneath My Feet, Dummy
Michael Mueller is an award winning Film and Television writer.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Credits include: Made In Dagenham, Truckers, Common As Muck
Actor turned Screenwriter William Ivory is perhaps best known for the cracking 'Made In Dagenham'.
The small-group sessions with accomplished screenwriting experts not only taught me loads, but made me feel like a worthy and welcome addition to the industry
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.
Paul Ashton is a Senior Film Executive at Creative England, leading the talent team in Sheffield where they develop emerging directors, writers and producers.
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.
Currently seeking: We’re looking for funny and original 30’ scripted comedy ideas that can play on BBC1, BBC2, BBC3 or BBC4. We don’t commission films, comedy dramas or comedy entertainment formats.
Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language
Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer.
Credits Include: 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.
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.
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'.
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
At France Television, Isabelle oversees Fiction scouting at the newly created International TV Scouting Unit.
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.
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.
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: Shifty, Strawberry Fields
At Film London Maggie is responsible for overseeing the agency's commissioning of artists' moving image work and talent development.
Credits include: Holby City
Simon has many years of script editing under his belt and is now Series Producer on Holby City.
Credits include: Eureka Street, Sinbad
Sophie has over a decade in the business Producing and Commissioning high quality TV Drama.
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.
I learned a lot, found strength and courage for pitching (and the next steps), met brilliant people and generally had such a laugh throughout!'
Susie Farrell, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Credits include: Narcopolis, Peter Rabbit
Narcopolis writer & director Justin was featured as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow line-up in 2008.
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.
Credits include: Papadopoulos & Sons
DIY filmmaker Marcus wrote, directed, financed, produced and self distributed indie favourite Papadopoulos & Sons.
This will be the fourth year I've come over from Australia. Highlight of my year.
Vanessa Yardley, Screenwriter
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.
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.
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.
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.
The LSF is one of the best festivals that I have ever attended. There was great talent there... and I hope to find a client or so!!
Brandy Rivers, Gersh Agency, Hollywood
People who know stuff
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.
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.
Joe is our man on the ground at Final Draft.
The Creative Screenwriter, Movies That Move Us
Craig has a PhD in screenwriting, is a senior lecturer, screenwriter, script consultant 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.
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.
Abigail sources new writing talent and nurtures writers across a wide range of mediums; including TV, film & radio
Adele trains creative people for a living while writing short stories, blogs and spec screenplays.
Credits include: Doctor Who, Torchwood, Casualty
David is an accomplished Script Editor and Producer who has worked on many of the UK's most popular continuing drama series.
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 Griffiths is a successful script editor and development consultant with over twenty years of experience.
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: 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.
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.
Prior to joining the The Writers' Company, agent Nick Barron worked at one of London’s leading literary agencies, The Agency.
Credits include: Casualty
Pete is the real life inspiration for the fictional character Charlie Fairhead played by Derek Thompson in Casualty.
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.
Rich, varied and current selection of speakers and panel experts, great venue and professionally and smoothly run. Fantastic value for money...
Simon Preston, writer
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: Great American Pitchfest
Bob has been the Executive Director of the Great American Pitchfest & Screenwriting Conference (GAPF) for 13 years.
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.
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: 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.
Professional singer and drummer, Sarah also writes for the screen and brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
Credits include: The Watchmaker's Apprentice
Zoe is a film producer and actress with a passion for all parts of the industry, especially screenwriting.
The Festival has been the most inspiring and rejuvenating experience of my writing life
Ilesh Topiwala, Screenwriter