NEW SPEAKERS TO BE ADDED IN SPRING 2018
The London Screenwriters’ Festival features around 150 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 2018. Get updates by signing up below.
John Yorke's session was hugely helpful, giving me an insight into serial structures, and what commissioners are looking for - plus as I was asking him for some advice on my TV drama he requested the script
Credits include: Downton Abbey, Gosford Park
Author of several best-seller novels, Oscar winner for Gosford Park and creator, writer and executive producer of the multi award-winning Downton Abbey.
Screenwriter of 'K-9' with Jim Belushi and 'Trojan War' with Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Screenwriter and producer, head honcho at 'Go Into The Story' and Black List offical blog scribe.
A buzz from start to finish, with masses of learning and networking.
Carole Parsons, Screenwriter
Credits include: Waking The Dead, The Bill
Barbara Machin is the BAFTA and EMMY award winning screenwriter who created BBC1’s worldwide selling hit series Waking The Dead.
Credits include: Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Nowhere Boy
'Nowhere Boy' and 'Control' Screenwriter Matt's latest feature 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' received three BAFTA noms.
Credits include: Land Girls, Rastamouse, Smack the Pony
Roland created the award-winning returning drama series Land Girls for BBC1 and has written for a range of television series.
Credits include: Holby City, Eastenders, Casualty
Accomplished playwright and TV writer Justin is now Head Writer and Consultant Series Producer on Holby City.
Credits include: Blush, Bitch Boxer, Blue
Bitch Boxer writer Charlotte recently won the inaugural BBC Screenplay First Award and is currently developing a script with BBC Films.
Credits include: Pride & Prejudice, Tulip Fever
Deborah has written 20 novels, 5 of which she adapted for TV and was BAFTA nominated for Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley.
Credits include: Double Game
Over the last few years, Emmanuel has written and developed feature films for Working Title, Film4 and Gold Circle.
Credits include: The Lentil Sorters
Recipient of the BBC Radio Comedy Writer's Bursary, Jack has written for a wide range of shows and regularly contributed to series such as The News Quiz and Dead Ringers.
Credits include: Tommies, Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Jonathan created, writes and produces the a four-and-a-half year real-time drama - Tommies which airs on BBC Radio this autumn.
Stephen Volk is a BAFTA-winning writer best known for the controversial 1992 BBCTV "Hallowe’en hoax" Ghostwatch.
I’m currently rewriting a few scenes of my script in order to avoid possible legal issues flagged up in the legal clinic.
Bruno Catarino, Screenwriter
People who get stuff made
Credits include: Prime Suspect, Cracker, Queer As Folk
Gub is an award-winning producer who has headed up the Drama departments at both Channel 4 and Granada.
Credits include: MetaWars, Trucktown, Princess Ponies
Jeff is a writer-producer, and author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars.
Credits include: The Jason Byrne Show, French & Saunders
Julia produces comedies for Radio 2.
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.
Credits include: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Former exec at BBC Films and head of film at Company Pictures, Robyn is now an independent producer.
Highlight for me was the Actors Table Read, the actors and director really brought my script to life
Geoff Stillwell, Screenwriter
Credits include: Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff
Craig is an award winning commercial and music video director.
The LSF is one of the best festivals that I have ever attended. There was great talent there... and I hope to find a client or so!!
Brandy Rivers, Gersh Agency, Hollywood
People who know stuff
Credits include: Oscars 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: Placebo Effect, Final Girl
Alejandro Seri is an award-winning, bilingual screenwriter and director.
Chris Hewitt is the News Editor at the always OUTSTANDING Empire Magazine.
Credits include: Story Theory
David's research into narrative theory has demonstrated how the power of every story lies in the way a story resonates with a human mind.
Credits include: Curly from Shirley, Skeletal
Emma is a writer of dark fiction and children’s books.
Credits include: Irreplaceable You, The Last Photograph
Farah is a BAFTA nominated producer, best selling author and founder of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Competition.
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
Karol Griffiths is a successful script editor and development consultant with over twenty years of experience.
Kira-Anne is an independent script consultant, a PhD researcher in Screenwriting, and visiting tutor at the Met Film School, London.
Credits include: Moon, The Machine, Scar Tissue
Manuel has worked with industry heavy hitters including Guillermo del Toro, Richard Attenborough and Nic Roeg, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn.
Credits include: The Three Wells of Screenwriting
He has written and co-written over 40 produced TV shows and has been helping screenwriters with their craft and careers for over 20 years.
Nic has written for Holby City and Freefonix and has developed TV for Silver Pictures Television, Starz, Artists Studio and Bentley Productions.
Credits include: Thunderpants, I Want Candy
Phil is Course Leader for BA(Hons) Screenwriting & Producing degree and MA Writing for Screen & Stage at Regent’s University, London.
Ted currently teaches Screenwriting and Digital Media at Regent's University.
Zina started off working in production working on shows such as Critical (Sky) before moving into the creative side of TV.
There is no singular event for aspiring screenwriters anywhere on the planet that turbo-charges your career and equally as importantly, your passion, like the LSF.
Joe Cawley, Screenwriter
Credits include: Great American Pitchfest
Writer, Producer, Screenwriting Professor, and President and co-founder of ScriptFest & The Great American PitchFest for 14 years.
Screenwriter, musician and producer, Sarah brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
An agent from Curtis Brown told me I was exactly the type of writer she was looking for and she wanted to read my work.