Speakers

We are assembling the GREATEST  roster of screenwriting speakers for our 2025 programme!

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 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 2025. Get updates by signing up below.

Speakers will trickle into the schedule in the run-up to the festival, so make sure to check back every so often so you can plan your festival!

 
 

I have come away inspired, energised, and equipped with a whole load of new tools, both for writing and for pulling off the tricky business of selling my skills as a writer."

Adam Preston, Screenwriter

Adam Preston, Screenwriter

Livestreamed & In Person

Tom Williams

Tom Williams – Screenwriter

Credits include: Kajaki, Chalet Girl

Tom's most recent feature the critically acclaimed Kajaki was selected for TIFF and received a BAFTA nomination for 'Outstanding Debut' for it's Director and Producer.
Tom Williams
Lucy V Hay

Lucy V Hay – Script Editor | Bang2write

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.
Lucy V Hay
Ian Long

Ian Long – Screenwriter and Story Consultant

Credits include: Euroscript, UK Film Council, the First Film Foundation, The Script Factory

Ian Long is a writer, story consultant and teacher.
Ian Long
Hayley McKenzie

Hayley McKenzie – Founder & CEO | Script Angel

Script Angel’s team of BAFTA-winning script editors help writers to elevate their scripts, develop their voice and advance their screenwriting career.
Hayley McKenzie
Chris Jones

Chris Jones – LSF Director & Founder, Filmmaker, Author

Credits include the Oscar®-shortlisted Gone Fishing and Mission Impossible 7

Chris has spent his life making movies, writing books and helping others make their movies.
Chris Jones
Julian Friedmann

Julian Friedmann – Film, TV & Literary Agent

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.
Julian Friedmann
Frazer Lee

Frazer Lee – Screenwriter and Director

Credits include: On Edge, Red Lines, Panic Button

Frazer is the award-winning writer/director of short horror films On Edge and Red Lines, both starring 'Pinhead' from Hellraiser.
Frazer Lee
Bob Schultz

Bob Schultz – Writer, Producer, Presenter

Credits include: Below Zero, Hitlersaurus!, Knightfall, Advent

Writer, producer, screenwriting professor, co-founder of the Augmented Creativity Academy
Bob Schultz
Tony McHale

Tony McHale – Screenwriter and Director

Credits include: Waking The Dead, Silent Witness

Actor turned Writer and Director Tony McHale has written hundreds of hours of iconic british crime television.
Tony McHale
Stephen Follows

Stephen Follows – Writer and producer

Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language

Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer. 
Stephen Follows
David Nicholas Wilkinson

David Nicholas Wilkinson – Producer

Credits Include: Getting Away with Murder(s), The First Film, How To Change The World

David has been involved in the production/ distribution of over 100 British feature films with budgets from £20,000 to $16 million.
David Nicholas Wilkinson
Andrew Dymond

Andrew Dymond – Director/Producer/AI Specialist

The Storm, Swiperight

Director/Producer on features, television, commercials, and documentaries
Andrew Dymond
Andy Riley

Andy Riley – Screenwriter, Book Author

SEIZE THEM!, Black Books, Veep, Tracey Ullman's Show

Emmy and BAFTA winner
Andy Riley
Aschlin Ditta

Aschlin Ditta – Screenwriter

Credits include: Swimming with Men, The Catherine Tate Show, Little Heart

Aschlin is an award-winning Screenwriter known for 'Swimming With Men' starring Rob Brydon and his various collaborations with Catherine Tate
Aschlin Ditta
Byron McNally

Byron McNally – Producer, Executive Producer

Over 40 shorts, BAFTA nominated

Producer of over 40 short films
Byron McNally
Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams – Screenwriter

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.
Catherine Williams
Cera Rose Pickering

Cera Rose Pickering – Screenwriter, Playwright & Actor

Credits include: Downton Abbey, Planes, Trains and Christmas Trees, Styled for Love

When Cera isn’t writing, you can find her appearing in films and TV shows.
Cera Rose Pickering
Claire McGowan

Claire McGowan – Author & Screenwriter

THE KILLING HOUSE is Claire's seventh crime novel, and the sixth in the highly-acclaimed Paula Maguire series. She also writes women's fiction as Eva Woods
Clive Frayne

Clive Frayne – Screenwriter, Development Consultant and Author

Author of The Process of Screenwriting

Clive Frayne is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with thirty years' experience writing professionally.
Clive Frayne
David Baboulene, PhD

David Baboulene, PhD – Narrative Theorist, Story Consultant

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 Baboulene, PhD
Dirk Maggs

Dirk Maggs – Writer & Director

Credits include: The Sandman, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Described as as 'The Steven Spielberg Of Audio' (by an over zealous marketing department) and a 'National Treasure' by Neil Gaiman.
Dirk Maggs
Emmanuel Oberg

Emmanuel Oberg – Screenwriter, Author, Creative Consultant

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.
Emmanuel Oberg
Erin Hunter

Erin Hunter – Actor, Voice Over Artist & Writer

Credits include: Alien Isolation

Erin Hunter is a London-based actor, voice over artist and writer originally from Lalaland. Most recently, she toured her one woman show Surfing the Holyland to critical acclaim, which was nominated for an Offie and the BBC/Popcorn New Writing Award
Erin Hunter
Gemma Mushington

Gemma Mushington – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Dumping Ground

Gemma is an up and coming screenwriter from East London and screenwriting module leader at Central Film School.
Gemma Mushington
Grace Couzins

Grace Couzins – Editor

Credits Include: Pennyworth, Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning

On the Oscar-nominated Editorial team for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning
Grace Couzins
Henry Fitzherbert

Henry Fitzherbert – Screenwriter

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.
Henry Fitzherbert
Iain Weatherby

Iain Weatherby – Writer/Show Creator/Executive Producer

Credits include: Truelove, Oscar & Jim, Cake

Series Creator, TRUELOVE
Iain Weatherby
Isabelle Sieb

Isabelle Sieb – Director

Credits include: Vigil, Shetland

Emmy-winning and three times BAFTA-nominated film and television director
Isabelle Sieb
Jenny Takahashi Stark

Jenny Takahashi Stark – Screenwriter

Jenny Takahashi Stark is a screenwriter of English-Japanese ancestry with a love for character-driven drama
Jessica Ruston

Jessica Ruston – Screenwriter

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.
Jessica Ruston
Joey Tuccio

Joey Tuccio – CEO | Roadmap Writers

Roadmap Writers aims to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and the industry execs who can make things happen.
Joey Tuccio
John Yorke

John Yorke – MD | Angel Station

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.
John Yorke
Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith – Writer

Credits include: Danger Mouse, Dragon Rider, Gnomeo & Juliet

Johnny has written for some classic British family fare: GNOMEO & JULIET, DRAGON RIDER, DANGER MOUSE, and MIKE BASSETT
Johnny Smith
Jon Gilbert

Jon Gilbert – Screenwriter, Script Consultant

Credits include: THE TEACHER. LOVE RAT.

Jon is a screenwriter and script consultant with over fifteen years’ experience working in the UK and US film industries.
Jon Gilbert
Justin Richards

Justin Richards – Producer | Bazooka Bunny Ltd

Justin is currently COO at the UK production and visual effects company Bazooka Bunny Ltd
Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD

Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD – Writer, Researcher, Script Consultant

Author of The Science of Writing Characters

Kira-Anne has 25 years of experience working in the British and American film and TV industries.
Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD
Krysia Pepper

Krysia Pepper – Comedy Writer

A comedy writer and former actor from Morecambe Bay.
Lucy van Smit

Lucy van Smit – Novelist & Screenwriter

Credits include: The Hurting 

Novelist, TV Producer, Screenwriter and author of the best selling 'A Writer’s Journal Workbook' from Bloomsbury.
Lucy van Smit
Marcus Markou

Marcus Markou – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Papadopoulos & Sons

DIY filmmaker Marcus wrote, directed, financed, produced and self distributed indie favourite Papadopoulos & Sons.
Marcus Markou
Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold – Actor

Credits include: Teen Wolf, Blade Runner 2049

Since making his mark in 80's cult classic Teen Wolf, Mark has appeared in films such as Florence Foster Jenkins, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Blade Runner 2049.
Mark Arnold
Matt White

Matt White – Writer

Credits include: Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break, The Sin-Eater

Award-winning genre scriptwriter and a graduate of the LSF Talent Campus programme.
Matt White
May Gibson

May Gibson – Producer & Script Development Executive

Credits include: The Musketeers, Wolfblood

May has worked on the development and production of many television drama, comedy and children’s programmes for the UK and the US.
May Gibson
Ol Parker

Ol Parker – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,

After making his start on Grange Hill, Ol's career path has led him all the way to the BAFTA nominated 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.
Ol Parker
Pat Higgins

Pat Higgins – Writer, Director

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.
Pat Higgins
Peter Briggs

Peter Briggs – Writer/Director

Credits include: Hellboy, Thunderbirds Are Go and Panzer 88

Writer of HELLBOY, THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO, and PANZER 88
Peter Briggs
Philip Hughes

Philip Hughes – Screenwriter, Educator

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.
Philip Hughes
Philip Lawrence

Philip Lawrence – Screenwriter

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.
Philip Lawrence
Rebecca Root

Rebecca Root – Actor

Credits incude: Boy Meets Girl, The Danish Girl

Rebecca is best known for playing Judy in BBC Two’s ground-breaking comedy series 'Boy Meets Girl'.
Rebecca Root
Ross Boyask

Ross Boyask – Writer and Director

Credits include: I Am Vengeance: Retaliation, Dead End - Dead Man Walking, I Am Vengeance

Ross Boyask is an award-winning genre filmmaker whose films have been released in more than 20 countries around the world.
Ross Boyask
Ryan Christians

Ryan Christians – Producer

Ryan Christians is a producer with over a decade of experience working across major studios and production companies, including Walt Disney Studios, Summit Entertainment & Di Bonaventura Pictures.
Sam Moody

Sam Moody – Screenwriter

Sam Moody is a BAFTA Rocliffe winning British-American writer, repped by Grandview.
Samantha Horley

Samantha Horley – Writer, Script Consultant, Lecturer

Credits include Executive Producer on Grabbers, Miss You Already

Sam has 20 years' experience in international film sales, development, production and marketing.
Samantha Horley
Sean Robert Daniels

Sean Robert Daniels – Nicholl Fellow-winning Screenwriter

Killers, The Docket, The Last Victims

Screenwriter, head writer, script editor, story consultant, and 1st South African to win the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting
Sean Robert Daniels
Shelly Mellott

Shelly Mellott – Vice President of Sales & Marketing | Final Draft

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.
Shelly Mellott
Ted Wilkes

Ted Wilkes – Screenwriter, Educator

Credits include: Love, Death & Taxes, The Irish Echo, Between Lambs and Lions

Ted teaches Screenwriting and Digital Media at Regent's University and is currently developing a TV series with producer Nick Agha.
Ted Wilkes
Thara Popoola

Thara Popoola – Writer

Sex Education S4 (Netflix), Queenie (Channel 4), Crongton (BBC)

Channel 4 Screenwriting alum, TV writer
Thara Popoola
Tiffany Yarde

Tiffany Yarde – Screenwriter // Director of Competitions & Partnerships at Roadmap Writers

Credits include: Dress for Success, Bon Voyage

Creating content that challenges the monolithic perception of the "Black experience
Tiffany Yarde
Tim Telling

Tim Telling – Writer

Credits include: The Mash Report

Tim is the editor of the Daily Mash, the UK’s most popular original satire website, and lead writer of the hit BBC2 topical show The Mash Report.
Tim Telling
Tolu Stedford

Tolu Stedford – Executive Producer/Co-Founder of Story Compounds

Tolu Stedford, Executive Producer/Co-Founder of Story Compounds, has over 20 years of industry experience and has produced, written and associate director credits encompassing television, film, and stage.

BlueCat's experience with sponsoring LSF was a walk in the park. We received great exposure and our brand was greatly enhanced by our association with such a top-flight organisation."

Gordy Hoffman, CEO | BlueCat

Gordy Hoffman, CEO | BlueCat

Livestreamed

Jenna Moreci

Jenna Moreci – Author, YouTuber, Cyborg

Bestselling author, presenter, story analyst

#1 bestselling author, YouTuber, and author of "Shut Up and Write The Book!"
Jenna Moreci
Kathryn Ferguson

Kathryn Ferguson – Emmy-nominated writer and director.

Winner of the inaugural BFI & Chanel Award for Creative Audacity in 2022
Kathryn Ferguson
Pilar Alessandra

Pilar Alessandra – Script Consultant, Educator

Author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter

Pilar's clients have gone on to write for shows such as House of the Dragon and The Morning Show & have sold features to A24, Netflix & Warner Bros.
Pilar Alessandra
Robert McKee

Robert McKee – Author, Educator & Consultant

Credits include: 'Story' and 'Dialogue'

Robert McKee is THE most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world.
Robert McKee
Scott Myers

Scott Myers – Screenwriter, Producer, Educator

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.
Scott Myers

All of it was awesome. This was my first LSF and to say my expectations were exceeded is an understatement I had a brilliant time."

Suzanna Cardash, Screenwriter

Suzanna Cardash, Screenwriter

Actors

Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold – Actor

Credits include: Teen Wolf, Blade Runner 2049

Since making his mark in 80's cult classic Teen Wolf, Mark has appeared in films such as Florence Foster Jenkins, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Blade Runner 2049.
Mark Arnold

The positive feedback I received from such a prestigious panel gave me the boost that carried me through a challenging first draft."

Zarina Maharaj, Screenwriter

Zarina Maharaj, Screenwriter

People Who Know Stuff

Rossa McPhillips MBE

Rossa McPhillips MBE – Screenwriter

Credits include: An MBE (for services he can't tell you about)

Rossa left the army after receiving his MBE and is now pursuing a career as a screenwriting, specialising in military and spy projects.
Rossa McPhillips MBE

At the end of every LSF for the last four years I’ve thought, ‘How are they going to make next year better?’ And every year they manage it!"

Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter

Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter

Moderators

Elinor Perry-Smith

Elinor Perry-Smith – Writer, Poet, Proofreader, Editor

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.
Elinor Perry-Smith
Guy Mannerings

Guy Mannerings – Moderator

Guy is a moderator for the festival. Guy started in the industry as an actor, before producing, writing, and, more recently, directing.
Guy Mannerings
Kayley Loveridge

Kayley Loveridge – International Scripted Development Executive and Executive Producer | Reel One Entertainment

Credits include: Christmas in Scotland; Really Yours, This Chrsitmas; Coupled Up for Christmas

Thrillers inspired by true events. Exploring family dynamics, and how secrets test and push relationships to the limit. Exploring themes of motherhood, including mother & daughter/son relationships. Fast-paced, twisty thrillers with a strong female lead
Kayley Loveridge
Liz Slade

Liz Slade – Moderator, Screenwriter, Lawyer

Liz has hosted Q&As with filmmakers at the Raindance Film Festival for the last three years and interviewed Christopher Hampton at LSF 2019.
Liz Slade
Mai Davies

Mai Davies – Moderator

Mai Davies is a journalist and broadcaster, a former news presenter for Sky News, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio Wales and ITV Politics.
Mai Davies
Rachel Paterson

Rachel Paterson – Screenwriter

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.
Rachel Paterson

My Script Lab with John Yorke changed the way I look at story and pitching forever."

Kristina Day, Screenwriter

Kristina Day, Screenwriter