Speakers are now appearing on this page and are being added daily.
The London Screenwriters’ Festival features around 100 professional speakers from all areas of the film and television business. Many have also agreed to intimate Script Chats after their respective sessions so that you can get face time with them. Although speakers are being added continuously, the vast majority will be confirmed late spring/early summer 2020. Get updates by signing up below.
My Script Lab with John Yorke changed the way I look at story and pitching forever."
Kristina Day, Screenwriter
Credits include Game of Thrones, The Brothers Grimm, The Trap
Emmy-nominated Lena is best known for playing Queen Cersei in HBO’s Game of Thrones and is a multiple Golden Globes and Emmy nominee.
Credits include Sherlock, Doctor Who, Dracula
Mark is co-creator/writer of Sherlock and Dracula and has had a long and varied career on many critically acclaimed shows, both on and off camera.
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.
Credits include K-9 with Jim Belushi and Trojan War with Jennifer Love Hewitt
Scott is head honcho and scribe at Go Into The Story, official screenwriting blog for the Black List.
Credits include Dracula, Doctor Who, Sherlock
Steven was lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who as well as being co-creator, writer and executive producer of both Sherlock and Dracula.
Made a tonne of new friends, both delegates and speakers, and ended up with TEN SCRIPT REQUESTS!"
Rudolf Kremers, Screenwriter
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.
Credits include The Shack, Exam, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Knowing
Stuart wrote the TV movie Riverworld for the Sci-Fi Channel and directed The Shack, starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer.
Credits include Hustle, Life On Mars, Holby Blue, Death in Paradise
Tony has created and written for some of Britain’s most iconic and successful TV series, including Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and EastEnders.
Credits include My Mum's a Twat
Anoushka was selected for Channel 4's 2018 Screenwriting course. In 2019 her play, My Mum's a Twat, had a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Credits include The Tunnel, Unforgotten, Primeval, Amnesia
Chris is the writer of over 100 hours of prime time British drama. He also created and co-executive produced the award-winning Unforgotten.
Author of The Process of Screenwriting
Clive Frayne is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with thirty years' experience writing professionally.
Credits include A Touch of Cloth, Charlie Brooker's You Have Been Watching
A regular writer on Harry Hill's TV Burp, Daniel also co-wrote A Touch of Cloth with Charlie Brooker.
Credits include Ghost in the Shell, Out of Sorts
Danusia won the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award for her play Out of Sorts and took Busking It, a gig-theatre piece based on her own experiences, to the Edinburgh Fringe.
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 Double Game; author of the Story-Type Method® series of books
Emmanuel has written for Warner Bros, Gold Circle, StudioCanal, Working Title and Film4.
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 Doctor Who, Torchwood
Helen produced and co-wrote the WWII series ATA Girl and has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Star Cops, and The Tomorrow People.
Credits include Slaughterhouse Rulez, Born a King
Henry co-wrote Slaughterhouse Rulez starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Michael Sheen and penned the historical epic Born a King.
Credits include Spitting Image, Echoes
Henry is an award-winning UK playwright and the Fringe's unofficial star writer in residence. In 2016, he joined J.K. Rowling in having written one of the 10 Best Plays Of The Year according to The Times.
Janet is a screenwriter and Head of Post Graduate Studies at AFDA, Durban’s Film, Television and Performance School, which is one of the top film schools in Africa.
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 Harlots, Young Wallander
Jessica is developing both original and adaptation projects with companies such as Dancing Ledge, Monumental Television, Big Light, and 42 UK/US for both terrestial broadcast and streaming.
Credits include EastEnders, Doctors
Lisa writes continuing drama series for television and also writes Big Finish audio dramas, including Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Time War.
Credits include Merlin, Atlantis, Sugar Rush
Lucy has written many hours of prime time drama. She first learnt her trade as a Music Supervisor and Script Editor at Carnival Films on 56 episodes of Channel 4’s award-winning teen show As If.
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 Doctor Who, The Omega Factor
Matt writes audio drama for Big Finish's Doctor Who range, including the continuing adventures of Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor.
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 TrashHouse, Hellbride, KillerKiller
After writing and directing three internationally distributed micro-budget horrors, Pat wrote the award-winning mockumentary, The Devil’s Music.
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.
Credits include The Debt, Harmon
Israeli actress Romi has worked with directors such as John Madden and Anthony Minghella and actors such as Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren.
Sebastian entered the Finish Line Competition in 2018 and won the Grand Prize, which secured him a manager in LA. He is currently developing TV projects with several producers and working on his own feature and television screenplays.
Great speakers; great venue; smart, sensible and provocative programming – it should be an essential event in every screenwriter’s calendar."
John Yorke, Former Head Ch4 Drama/BBC Drama
People Who Get Stuff Made
Staunch supporter of emerging talent
Julian has years of experience as a literary agent. He is also the founder of ScriptWriter magazine and author of How To Make Money Scriptwriting.
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 The Duchess, Alien Autopsy
Alexandra has co-produced Oscar-winning films and has run The Brit List for the last 12 years.
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 children’s shows.
Credits include Fleabag, Baby Reindeer
Francesca is best known as the original producer of the multi-award winning and Olivier-nominated Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
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 Poldark, Ordeal by Innocence
Karen is an accomplished executive producer who has spent the last six years overseeing Poldark and the Agatha Christies for Mammoth Screen.
Credits include Bulletproof, Tin Star, Humans
Paul execs a range of shows such as Bulletproof, Tin Star, Strike Back and new Sky One sci-fi series Intergalactic starring Savannah Steyn (The Tunnel).
Credits include Strange, The Escapist
Richard began as a runner for Ridley Scott and went on to First AD at Channel 4. He has worked with notable directors such as Stephen Poliakoff.
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.
Credits include Dracula, Sherlock, Mr Bean
Sue was the series producer for the multi-award-winning hit drama Sherlock and recently executive producer on the acclaimed miniseries Dracula.
Amazing seminars, world-class speakers, uber-friendly delegates, and everywhere energy, energy and generosity."
Matthew Curlewis, Writer
Credits include The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box, Foster
Jonathan Newman recently directed the $25m movie The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box.
Credits include Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street, Mr Selfridge
Anthony has directed many critically acclaimed dramas including last season's Peaky Blinders and is set to direct the coming season of the hit show.
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.
Packed full of help. Fun and life changing! I’ll be back there next year!
Ann McGauran, Writer
Credits include Braveheart, Robert the Bruce
Angus is best known as Robert the Bruce in Braveheart and has appeared alongside such stars as Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain.
Credits include Meet the Nativity, Pre Drinks
As well as being an actor and casting director, Anthony develops award-winning global features for Renaissance Films.
Credits include White House Farm, Endeavour, Seed of Chucky
Betty is the youngest of 14 generations of actors in her family. She has worked on stage and on screen both in film and in TV from a young age.
Credits include Poldark, Life in Squares, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Christian is an English actor, best known as the odious vicar Ossie Whitworth in the BBC hit period drama, Poldark.
Credits include Poldark, Death in Paradise, Silent Witness
Icelandic actress Heida won the hearts of audiences worldwide as the ever-dignified Elizabeth in the fraught Poldark love triangle.
Credits include Braveheart, Game of Thrones, His Dark Materials
James is best known and loved for his roles as Campbell in Braveheart, Jeor Mormont in Game of Thrones and Angus MacLeod in Highlander.
Credits include Poldark, Death in Paradise, Midsomer Murders
Tom is best known for his role as Sam Carne, brother to Demelza Poldark (Eleanor Tomlinson), in the award-winning BBC period drama Poldark.
Perfect festival for any screenwriter, new or old; once you’ve been once, you’ll want to keep coming back."
Daniel Williamson, 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.
Script Angel’s team of BAFTA-winning script editors help writers to elevate their scripts, develop their voice and advance their screenwriting career.
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 the Oscar®-shortlisted Gone Fishing; author of the Guerilla Handbooks
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.
Harriet Bratt is an international speaker, trainer, fire walk instructor and WARRIOR. Her mission is to empower people globally to Unleash their Warrior within... and Master their Life.
Jay is a proud member of the Script Angel family. They have formerly worked in TV, radio and film within the genres of factual, drama and comedy and have been a script editor for ten years. They are also proudly trans and queer.
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.
Credits include The Black Prince, Hetty Feather
Linda has worked as a costume designer in film and TV for many years on everything from period dramas to hit comedies and feature films.
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.
A shot in the arm that keeps your screenwriting juices pumped for the next twelve months."
Tracy England, Screenwriter
Credits include Below Zero, Hitlersaurus!
Writer, producer, screenwriting professor and co-founder of ScriptFest.
Credits include Sam Jackson's Secret Video Diary
Screenwriter, composer and sound designer with a passion for storytelling in all of those forms.
Elinor lives in South East London and in addition to all the above, she is a mentor for Talent Campus, as well as a reader for the C21 Drama Series Script Competition and the Nick Darke Theatre Award.
Georgina has worked in script editing for Harlots S3 (Hulu/Amazon) and Gormenghast (Fremantle), in commissioning for BBC Drama, and development for Euston Films.
Liz has hosted Q&As with filmmakers at the Raindance Film Festival for the last three years and interviewed Christopher Hampton at LSF 2019.
Credits include 50 Kisses ('Enough' segment)
Maureen is an LSF team veteran. Based in Scotland, she runs her own production company, Firewalker Films, and is passionate about promoting gender equality and mental health.
Mike has worked for IMDb, Screen International and Broadcast magazine, covering every major film event including the Oscars, Emmys and BAFTAs and interviewing everyone from Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese to Steven Spielberg.
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.
A screenwriter, musician and producer, the multi-talented 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.
What an utterly amazing event. Had so much fun and learned a lot. Was completely worth coming from Cologne, Germany."
Christina Gruber, Screenwriter