SPEAKERS WILL BEGIN TO APPEAR IN EARLY 2020
The London Screenwriters’ Festival features around 100 professional speakers from all aspects of the film and television business. Many have also agreed to intimate Script Chat sessions after their respective events so that you can get face time with them. New speakers are added periodically with the vast majority being confirmed late spring / early summer 2020. Get updates by signing up below.
Awesome! A unique chance to spend time in conversation with a lot of people in senior positions in the industry..."
Nik Bower, Riverstone Media
Credits include: Braveheart, The Man in the Iron Mask, We Were Soldiers, Pearl Harbor
Oscar®-nominated Randall is behind some of the most successful films in cinematic history.
The PitchFest is such a positive and important event for both pitcher and producer; it's where preparation can meet opportunity."
M J McMahon, Director/Producer, Capture
Credits include: Waking The Dead, The Bill
Barbara Machin is the BAFTA and EMMY award-winning screenwriter who created BBC One’s worldwide-selling hit series Waking The Dead.
Author of The Process of Screenwriting
Clive Frayne is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with thirty years' experience writing professionally.
Credits include: Poldark; Sex, Chips & Rock 'n Roll; All The Small Things
Debbie is responsible for the BBC smash hit Poldark and is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright.
Credits include: Hard Target 2, An Act of Defiance
Dominic has written for 30+ studios and production companies, including Universal Studios, Working Title, Scott Free and the BBC.
Credits include: Clink, Gimme Shelter
Lawyer turned novelist turned award-winning screenwriter, Helen has original projects in development with BBC Studios, Endor Productions and Snowed In.
Credits include: Stan & Ollie; Philomena; Dirty, Filthy Love; A Confession
Jeff Pope is an Oscar® and Golden Globe-winning British film and TV writer and producer, known for his scripts for Philomena and Stan & Ollie.
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.
Credits include: Thirteen, Gold Digger
Marnie is the creator and writer of drama Thirteen that aired on BBC Three iPlayer, BBC Two and BBC America, starring Jodie Comer (Killing Eve). Her latest original drama series is Gold Digger.
Credits include: Fauda, Project Orpheus
Michal Aviram is an award-winning Israeli screenwriter. She has created and written on hit shows for numerous platforms, including Netflix, Amazon and Israeli broadcaster, Keshet.
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.
I doubt so much information has ever been shared so generously with so many people in such short time."
Emma King-Farlow, Screenwriter
People Who Get Stuff Made
Credits include: Grandpa In My Pocket
Mellie has written on many popular children’s shows including Grandpa In My Pocket (awarded the 2010 Welsh BAFTA for Best Children’s Programme) and runs Adastra Creative Ltd.
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: Prime Suspect, Queer As Folk, Cracker, The Fall
Gub is an award-winning producer who headed up the drama departments at both Channel 4 and Granada, and won an Emmy for Prime Suspect.
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 kids' shows.
Credits include: Tracy Beaker, Casualty, Susan Hill's Ghost Story
Jane has worked in adult and children's scripted drama at Disney, CBBC, BBC and Lime Pictures.
Credits include: The Tunnel, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher
Jo began as a BBC Script Editor and went on to develop drama for Hat Trick, Kudos and Carnival.
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.
Credits include: Executive Producer on Grabbers, Miss You Already
Sam has 20 years' experience in international film sales, development, production and marketing.
Credits include: Coronation Street, Emmerdale
Steve has experience developing drama on acclaimed shows such as Downton Abbey, Broadchurch and The Durrells.
I have worked at the BBC for twelve years and I have never had the opportunity to meet the experts that I have over this weekend."
Michelle Brooks, Producer, Director
Credits include: Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street, Mr Selfridge
Anthony has directed many high-end dramas and the current Peaky Blinders. He recently directed music videos for Hozier and Liam Gallagher.
Credits include: Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar
John has over 40 years' experience in film development, earning an Academy Award nomination as director on Kung Fu Panda.
The Script Surgery was awesome. I received invaluable feedback on making my story stand out from the crowd."
Sam Dods, Screenwriter
People Who Know Stuff
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.
Credits include: Hollyoaks, Casualty, Blue Murder
Hayley McKenzie is an experienced Script Editor in UK television and feature films and the founder of Script Angel.
Author of That's Not Funny, That's Sick
Ellin teaches screenwriting on the MA Script Writing programme at Goldsmiths and has worked in development for numerous production companies in the US and UK.
Credits include: Staying Sane: How To Make Your Mind Work For You
Eminent psychiatrist Dr Raj offers fascinating insights into the mechanics of characters.
Credits include: Oscar-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: 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 has delivered script consultancy services for projects all over the world, including films that have been candidates for Academy Awards.
Roadmap Writers aims to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and the industry execs who can make things happen.
Credits include: How I Met Your Mother, Friends; Author of The Art of Script Editing
Karol Griffiths is a successful script editor, best-selling author and development consultant with over twenty years' experience in film and TV.
Author of The Science of Writing Characters (available soon from Bloomsbury)
Kira-Anne has 25 years of experience working in the British and American film and TV industries.
Co-Author of Hollywood Wants to Kill You: The Peculiar Science of Death in the Movies
Michael's latest broadcast role is as science adviser to YouTube’s The Edge of Science.
Credits include: Holby City, Shrooms
Nic has written for Holby City and Freefonix and has developed TV for Silver Pictures Television, Starz, Artists Studio and Bentley Productions.
Writing 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.
Author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter
Pilar's students and clients have written for Lost, Prison Break, Nip Tuck, House of Lies, CSI and Family Guy.
Co-Author of Hollywood Wants to Kill You: The Peculiar Science of Death in the Movies
Rick has written three books, and his debut feature film script is due to start shooting in March 2020.
Shelly manages the professional and educational sales divisions, develops initiatives that drive sales across all retail channels, and manages marketing, events and customer relations at Final Draft.
Co-Author of The Beginning, The Middle & The End (available soon)
Ted teaches Screenwriting and Digital Media at Regent's University and is currently developing a TV series with producer Nick Agha.
Attending LondonSWF was one of the biggest favours I’ve ever done for myself."
Zarina Maharaj, Screenwriter
Credits include: 50 Kisses, Cancer Hair
Gail's short Cancer Hair won Best Fiction and Best of Fest at the Isle of Man Film Festival and IMDb New Filmmaker of the Year at Bath Film Festival.
Georgina has worked in script editing for Harlots S3 (Hulu/Amazon) and Gormenghast (Fremantle), in commissioning for BBC Drama, and development for Euston Films.
Credits include: Slaughterhouse Rulez, Born a King
With Crispian Mills, Henry co-wrote Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018), a comedy-horror starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Michael Sheen.
Liz has hosted Q&As with filmmakers at the Raindance Film Festival for the last three years and interviewed Christopher Hampton at LSF Accelerate.
Mike has worked for IMDb, Screen International and Broadcast magazine, covering every major film event including the Oscars, Emmys and BAFTAs, interviewing everyone from Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese to Denzel Washington.
Credits include: Casualty
Rachel signed with Independent Talent in 2017 and started writing for Casualty in 2018. She has just finished her fifth episode as a core writer.
Screenwriter, musician and producer, Sarah brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
Toby Earle was formerly TV & Entertainment Editor at London Live where he wrote and presented What to Watch, a weekly show interviewing TV and film talent.
Driven by a life-long love of epic stories, Vera aims to write elevated entertainment – action/adventure stories about environmental and political issues, with occasional futuristic or supernatural elements.
All of it was awesome. This was my first LSF and to say my expectations were exceeded is an understatement – I learned as much as I did on my MA Scriptwriting course!"
Suzanna Cardash, Screenwriter, @suzannacardash