|LondonSWF 2021 (September) Update
This year we are running a hybrid festival, with a three-day live event combined with myriad online sessions spread over a longer period of time. Please note that due to ongoing covid restrictions and the possibility that people may need to self-isolate or even quarantine at very short notice, we cannot guarantee confirmed speakers will be able to participate, even in online sessions.
As the vaccine roll-out advances, the risk diminishes, but it is still very much there, and so we ask for your understanding. If a speaker does have to pull out at the last minute for whatever reason, we will attempt to organise an online session with them at a later date.
For the latest updates on the situation, please check here.
We are assembling the GREATEST roster of screenwriting speakers ever for our TENTH anniversary!
The London Screenwriters’ Festival will host around 130 professional speakers from all areas of the film and television business. Many have also agreed to intimate online Script Chats (subject to technology) after their respective sessions so that you can get facetime with them. Although speakers are being added continuously, the vast majority will be confirmed in the summer of 2021. Get updates by signing up below.
The very fact that you are at the London Screenwriters’ Festival means you want to learn and improve your writing skills, and there are many opportunities to do this."
Rita Wheeler, 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.
Absolute value for money. My advice would be to new attendees: take a look at the schedule and all the speakers in advance and do a bit of research."
Sarah Turner, 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
I came away from the Script Surgery with clear suggestions on how to improve my screenplay, plus practical tools to help me implement those ideas."
KT Parker, Screenwriter
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 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 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 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 Coronation Street, Emmerdale
Steve has experience developing drama on acclaimed shows such as Downton Abbey, Broadchurch and The Durrells.
The three-day buzz was amazing; it was truly inspiring."
Norman Bissell, 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.
I'm finding it hard to get back down to Earth after such an inspirational three days."
Ron Middleton, Screenwriter
People Who Know Stuff
Script Angel’s team of BAFTA-winning script editors help writers to elevate their scripts, develop their voice and advance their screenwriting career.
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.
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.
I then sat at a small table with Stephen fricking Frears and chatted with him. I chatted with Stephen Frears!"
Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter
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.
The LSF was the perfect combination of the practical and the inspirational, with just plain amazing on top."
Colleen Burn, Screenwriter