Writing Authentic, Haunting and Human stories...with Lynne Ramsay

Room: Final Draft Hall
Time: Sunday 2:00pm

054 - (T)

with Lynne Ramsay
moderated by Nik Powell


Writing Authentic, Haunting and Human stories...with Lynne Ramsay image

How do we write searingly authentic characters, addressing deeply human and often social issues, through a cinematic lens that is haunting and beautiful?

Meet Lynne Ramsay who has made a career examining and creating films that leave us often breathless. Her career has spanned three decades, working with unknowns and movie stars alike, while tackling genre stories alongside social issues.

In conversation Lynne will discuss the collaborations, trials, misfires, success and just plain dogged perseverance that brought us You Were Never Really Here, Ramsay’s most recent award-winning adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Ames.

They will be talking about Lynne’s previous projects such as We Need To talk About Kevin and Ratcatcher, and her unique approach to adapting novels into film. If your work is both haunting and uncompromising, this session will inspire and educate in equal measure.

Appearing in this session

Lynne Ramsay

Lynne Ramsay – Screenwriter, Director & Producer

Credits include: We Need To Talk About Kevin, You Were Never Really Here

She has consistently received critical acclaim and won Best Screenplay in Cannes for 'You Were Never Really Here'.
Lynne Ramsay
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

Screenwriting for Film & Television

Beneath the Tunic: Writing and Making the BBC Historical Epic Poldark

Beneath the Tunic: Writing and Making the BBC Historical Epic Poldark

At its peak, with its perfect blend of action, adventure and romance, Poldark boasted TWICE the audience of Game of Thrones in Britain. Meet the team to find out how it was written and why audiences kept coming back, season after season.

Developing a Hit TV Show

Developing a Hit TV Show

Would you like to know how original serials and procedurals are REALLY designed? If the “over the counter” stuff leaves you confused or wanting, you’ve come to the right place: There’s more to TV series development than the superficial five-act paradigm!

What Makes a GREAT Adaptation?

What Makes a GREAT Adaptation?

How to identify the elements that lead to getting sold and produced. Adaptations are so ubiquitous: about half of Hollywood movies are adaptations, which also includes movies based on real people. An interesting novel doesn’t always become an interesting movie, nor does an interesting life.

Writing for TV in the Era of Streaming Services

Writing for TV in the Era of Streaming Services

With the global video-streaming market expected to be valued at over $125 billion dollars by 2025, the trend is clear: the streaming market is not just for tech nerds anymore. Come to this panel for the best strategies to find your audience on Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, or elsewhere in the exciting world of streaming.

Writing World-Class Longform TV: Sorting the ‘Bait’ from the ‘Bull’

Writing World-Class Longform TV: Sorting the ‘Bait’ from the ‘Bull’

Get your TV project in the best shape it can be for both a competitive and exciting marketplace in 2020.

All You Need Is a Girl and a Gun* (*Jean-Luc Godard)

All You Need Is a Girl and a Gun* (*Jean-Luc Godard)

From Miss Marple to Dana Scully, numerous renditions of female TV detectives have always styled out the televisiual crime scene. This panel discusses why she holds such a fascination for the viewer, how writers have evolved her across the years, and where, in a post-Me Too landscape, she is likely to head next…

Writing for the Female Gaze Part III

Writing for the Female Gaze Part III

For the third straight London SWF, we bring this thought-provoking, mind-opening session to screenwriters. The Female Gaze returns. With some of the most groundbreaking and trailblazing wonder women in the industry, we continue the conversation that affects ALL of us.

Acting Up: Writing to Attract the Killer Cast

Acting Up: Writing to Attract the Killer Cast

We all do it. Imagine our favourite actors saying our lines, maybe even write roles for a specific actor – without any notion of how to make that fantasy a reality. In this session, you will hear directly from professional actors what they look for when a script comes across their desk, and what turns their “Maybes” into “Yeses”.

Inside the Writers' Room

Inside the Writers' Room

Ever wondered what it’s REALLY like inside the writers’ room? How does collaboration work? How do you crack a story? What happens when the ideas dry up? Or when no one agrees? Get the inside scoop from TV legend Tony Jordan, experienced showrunner and creator of some of Britain’s best-loved shows.

How Do You Get a TV Movie from A to Z to TX in a Year?

How Do You Get a TV Movie from A to Z to TX in a Year?

Hear how writer Barbara Machin, producer Jane Steventon and director Justin Molotnikov took the low-budget feature Susan Hill’s Ghost Story from inception to transmission on Channel 5 in only a year and the trials and tribulations they faced.