Sean Robert Daniels

Nicholl Fellow-winning Screenwriter
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Sean Robert Daniels is a screenwriter, head writer, script editor, story consultant, and senior lecturer. In 2012 he won the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, becoming the first South African to do so.

When he was ten years old he was chased by a hippopotamus, peed on by a tiger, spat on by a cobra, and run over by a donkey cart. Not at the same time, of course, but a rough year all around – one he believes prepared him for the life of a professional screenwriter.

Since then he’s had five of his feature films produced, storylined almost two hundred soap opera episodes, and been the head writer on an award winning crime procedural.

In 2016 he co-founded The Writers Block – a script and story consultation company, that also offers writers room workshops and training.

Sean’s feature “Vir Die Voëls” (For The Birds) won Best International Dramatic Feature at the 2017 Edmonton International Film Festival, and “Stroomop” (The River Within) won the Grand Remi at the 2019 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.
In 2017 he won a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for “High Rollers”, and in 2019 he was nominated for an African Movie Academy Award for his latest thriller “The Last Victims.”

In 2018 he emigrated to the UK, taking up a senior lecturing post in screenwriting at the University of West England. He lives in Wales with his wife Kate – a wool wrangler, screenwriter, and script editor.

Sean Robert Daniels is appearing at the following sessions:

(Coming Soon) Who Knows Anything? The Many Shades of Subtext and Power in Dialogue with Sean Robert Daniels

(Coming Soon) Who Knows Anything? The Many Shades of Subtext and Power in Dialogue with Sean Robert Daniels

Nicholl Award Winner and inspiring instructor Sean Robert Daniels returns to the LSF to guide you on the dialogue journey.

7:00pm Screenwriting Competitions: How to Navigate Them

7:00pm Screenwriting Competitions: How to Navigate Them

Many writers see competitions as the best way to get recognised. Hear from festival organisers, readers, and winners about the pros and cons of each competition, and how to use them as a springboard to the next level.

9:30pm The Pitch Factor

9:30pm The Pitch Factor

Have you got the Pitch Factor? Live from the London Screenwriters Festival, the Pitch Factor returns with CASH prizes and our very own motley crew of judges!

Zoom Room with Sean Robert Daniels, whose Nicholl Fellowship Kick-started His Career

Zoom Room with Sean Robert Daniels, whose Nicholl Fellowship Kick-started His Career

Come and talk to him about how you can leverage competition wins to build your career, and ask him about making it in movies outside Hollywood.