Pat Higgins

Writer, Director

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Pat Higgins is a British scriptwriter and director, described as the ‘Essex Auteur’ by Empire and ‘one of the masters of horror’ by The Dark Side magazine.

Pat has lectured in screenwriting and filmmaking at universities and colleges for over fifteen years, and his live talks are regularly scheduled on stages ranging from international film festivals to TEDx.

His most recent film, the musical horror-comedy Powertool Cheerleaders vs the Boyband of the Screeching Dead, was the most popular Kickstarter film project in the world (out of over 74,000 live film projects at the time) at several points during its campaign. The film premiered at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, London, on the closing night of the FrightFest festival in August 2022. Clips from the movie were featured on prime time BBC News in early 2023.

Pat’s current project is a comedic horror-fantasy ‘Chainsaw Fairytale’, which is scheduled for principal photography in 2025 and will be shot utilising extensive XReality techniques.

In addition to his credited works, Pat also works as an uncredited script doctor.

More information

Pat Higgins is appearing at the following sessions:

1700 Rewriting Your Draft Zero

1700 Rewriting Your Draft Zero

The rewrite is where craft meets art and you can really make your screenplay sing (or scream). Learn how its done from a filmmaker whose writing launches movie after movie.              

Script Lab 1 (2024): Marcus Markou & Pat Higgins: Get Produced (or Produce Yourself)

Script Lab 1 (2024): Marcus Markou & Pat Higgins: Get Produced (or Produce Yourself)

With an eye toward budget, marketability, and attitude, this lab will be instrumental in seeing your project produced.