Sean Robert Daniels

Nicholl Fellow-winning Screenwriter
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Sean Robert Daniels is a screenwriter, head writer, script editor, story consultant, and senior lecturer. In 2012 he won the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, becoming the first South African to do so.

When he was ten years old he was chased by a hippopotamus, peed on by a tiger, spat on by a cobra, and run over by a donkey cart. Not at the same time, of course, but a rough year all around – one he believes prepared him for the life of a professional screenwriter.

Since then he’s had five of his feature films produced, storylined almost two hundred soap opera episodes, and been the head writer on an award winning crime procedural.

In 2016 he co-founded The Writers Block – a script and story consultation company, that also offers writers room workshops and training.

Sean’s feature “Vir Die Voëls” (For The Birds) won Best International Dramatic Feature at the 2017 Edmonton International Film Festival, and “Stroomop” (The River Within) won the Grand Remi at the 2019 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.
In 2017 he won a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for “High Rollers”, and in 2019 he was nominated for an African Movie Academy Award for his latest thriller “The Last Victims.”

In 2018 he emigrated to the UK, taking up a senior lecturing post in screenwriting at the University of West England. He lives in Wales with his wife Kate – a wool wrangler, screenwriter, and script editor.

Sean Robert Daniels is appearing at the following sessions:

2:00pm Script Chat, Story Break Style with Sean Robert Daniels

2:00pm Script Chat, Story Break Style with Sean Robert Daniels

Wondering how to implement Sean Robert Daniels’s  revolutionary story break strategies on your specific work in progress? Zoom on in to this Script Chat and grab some face time with the Nicholl Fellow himself.

7:00 Breaking Your Story for Maximum Impact

7:00 Breaking Your Story for Maximum Impact

If your script has become a calamity of plotting chaos, this session is for you. Nicholl Fellow Sean Robert Daniel will provide specific strategies and techniques to help you find your way out of the weeds and make your script a powerful, irresistible juggernaut.