Speakers archive: LSF2012
Here’s who appeared at LSF2012.
What an emotional end to a fucking rockstar weekend!
Lee Burgess, Screenwriter
Stewart is open to hearing most ideas although less keen on straight horror.
Looking for: Fresh, compelling, contemporary thrillers and high concept comedies.
Indie producer with strong Hollywood studio ties, looking for large scale or high concept commercial projects.
Barry is looking for ideas that surprise, inspire and add new ideas to any genre.
The volunteers were absolutely wonderful - so helpful and a joy to talk with, it made such a difference!
Yazmin Vigusm, Screenwriter
Credits include: Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours
Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy is responsible for some of the most successful British features in recent history.
Credits include: Smack The Pony, Miranda
Sally co-created, wrote and starred in cult comedy classic Smack The Pony and is currently filming the new series of Miranda.
Credits include: Red Dawn, Cabin In The Woods
Luke Ryan is Executive Vice President of Disruption Entertainment, which has a first-look deal at Paramount Pictures.
Credits include: Secrets & Lies, Naked and Another Year
Iconic British filmmaker with a unique approach to the screenplay.
Credits include: Mad Men, Murphy Brown, Hannah Montana
Lisa has won three Emmy awards, four Writers Guild awards and a Peabody for her work on Mad Men.
Credits include: The X Files, Hunted, Millennium
Frank Spotnitz is an award-winning writer and producer best known for his work on The X-Files.
Credits include: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2
Director David Yates brought the Harry Potter film series to an epic conclusion, having directed the last four of the eight films in the franchise.
Credits include: The Coffee Break Screenwriter
Pilar's students and clients have written for Lost, Prison Break, Nip Tuck, House of Lies, CSI and Family Guy.
Outrageously good - i have come away from it so empowered and knowledgeable
Anthony Green, Screenwriter
Author of: The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made and Tales from Development Hell
David is a Screenwriter, Author and Film Critic.
Credits include: How To Be Dead
Dave is a real life LSF success story having had a project optioned and snared himself an agent at last years festival.
Credits include: Origin, Eastenders, Liquid Lunch
Screenwriter, script editor and filmmaker. His latest feature is the live-action family film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?
Credits include: Brother Grimm, Blood Eagle
These days Daniel works with some of Germany’s best networks, producers, directors and actors creating top-rated TV movies.
Credits include: Borat, Bruno, The Dictator, Dirty Grandpa
In 2007, Dan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing Borat.
Credits include: Coronation Street, Birds Of A Feather
Damon is a TV creator, producer and writer with a wealth of experience and credits to his name.
Credits include: Skins, The Last Station, Butterfly Kick
Young gun Chris has his first feature screenplay due to start shooting later this year.
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.
Doug is best known for co-creating and writing the comedy series ‘Red Dwarf’ which has gone on to achieve cult status... now rebooted!
Credits include: The News Quiz, Never MInd The Buzzcocks
Andrea Mann is Comedy Editor of The Huffington Post UK.
Credits include: Citizen Khan, Bellamy's People
2012 is set to be a very exciting year for Adil as his character Mr Khan appears in his own BBC1 comedy show Citizen Khan.
Writer, blogger and master gamer
Tim Clague is a BAFTA nominated scriptwriter. His latest feature is the live-action family film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?
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: Spitting Image, Alas Smith And Jones, Rory Bremner, Magic Roundabout
Paul has written for and directed the biggest names in comedy. He's also creative director of The London Comedy Writers' Festival
Credits include: Doctor Who Comic
Tony Lee is a #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of comics, novels and audio dramas.
Credits include: The Cafe, The Royle Family, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps
Actor Ralf Little is now embarking on the second series of acclaimed comedy The Cafe for Sky1 which he both writes and stars in.
Credits include: Gnomeo & Juliet, Mike Bassett and Mariah Mundi And The Midas Box
Rob has written for the biggest names in film including 'Gnomeo and Juliet' which grossed $200m for Disney!
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.
Credits include: Man Up, Charlie Ferrari, My Family
Tess' 2011 Brit List maker Man Up has been fast tracked by Big Talk for a February 2013 shoot.
Credits include: Adulthood, Kidulthood, Dr Who
Winner of the 2009 Orange Rising Star BAFTA, Noel is a multi-award-winning Actor, Director and Screenwriter.
Credits include: Garrow's Law, Great Expectations (BBC)
Tony Marchant won The 1999 Dennis Potter Award at BAFTA for his writing services to television.
Credits include: Line Of Duty, Cardiac Arrest
Jed's most recent credit, 'Line of Duty', is the most watched BBC2 drama series in the multichannel era.
Credits include: Shameless, Hollyoaks
Tracy has written on many TV shows including Crossroads, Family Affairs, Tracy Beaker, Heartbeat, Hollyoaks, Doctors and Shameless.
Credits include: Becoming Jane, Eastenders, Medics
Stage, Screen and TV writer Kevin wrote Becoming Jane and has hundreds of hours of British TV under his belt.
Credits include: Ashes To Ashes, Life On Mars
Matthew's career has gone from Byker Grove to a live action TV version of Star Wars (yes, Star Wars!)
Credits include: Midsomer Murders, Genghis Khan, Accused
Isabelle is a veteran screenwriter and new novelist who concentrates on crime and psychological suspense.
Credits include: Waking The Dead, Silent Witness
Actor turned Writer and Director Tony McHale has written hundreds of hours of iconic british crime television.
Credits include: Mum & Dad, Dead Mine
Steven's first feature Mum & Dad was the first project to come out of Film London’s Microwave scheme and was the first feature to be released simultaneously to cinemas, DVD, PPV and VOD.
Credits include: Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes (Audio Drama)
Richard writes audio drama scripts for franchises such as Doctor Who, Stargate and Sherlock Holmes.
Credits include: Malum TV, Jimmy Will Play
Mawaan writes, produces & performs in his own comedy show on YouTube, which has drawn in over 14 million views.
Credits include: Going Postal, Primeval, Sinbad
Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle broke into the business by writing and selling a spec script, Newton's Law, which led to 14 further movie commissions.
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: The Movies, Fable: The Journey, Milo & Kate
Video game writer Martin is one of the most active and versatile scriptwriters and narrative designers within the industry.
Credits include: Raptured, The Last Thakur
Writer, director Heather's sci-fi web series Raptured has had nearly a half a million views. Season 2 launches in 2013.
Credits include: The Legend of Dick and Dom
Tony was a lead writer and co-wrote 17 episodes of the BAFTA nominated CBBC sitcom The Legend of Dick and Dom.
Credits include: Dennis & Gnasher, Numtums
Tim writes TV comedy and animation for both adults and kids.
Credits include: Red Dwarf, Highway To Hell
Screenwriter, Comedian, Actor and TV Presenter Robert is possibly best known as the worlds most famous hologram 'Kryten'.
Credits include: Project Milo
In addition to her Screenwriting, Lin was lead writer on Lionhead Studios/Microsoft’s Project Milo for XBOX360
Credits include: The Earthquake Girl
Katie’s first radio play The Earthquake Girl won the Richard Imison Award.
‘To get that many people in one place with a shared goal is quite something, and I feel privileged to have been involved’
Alex Davies, Screenwriter
People who get stuff made
Credits include: Eastenders, Holby City
Yvonne has worked in script editing, story development and production for the BBC, Granada, Channel 4 and ITV.
Credits include: Kes, Beautiful Thing, This Life
Tony has had a prestigious and varied career as an actor, script editor, screenwriter, director and producer.
Credits include: St. Trinians, Millions, Dorian Gray
Head Of Development at Ealing Studios
Credits include: Below Zero, Check It Out
Writer and Producer Signe is also Creater and Founder of the Great American PitchFest and the Great Canadian PitchFest.
Sarah is looking for thriller and comedy features (low budget)
Agent Rob started his career as a script editor and consultant for many top UK film production companies.
Credits Include: Bullet To The Head
After Dark has a first look deal with Lionsgate and is the largest horror distribution and production company in the US.
Credits include: Waking The Dead, Medics
Writer, producer and script consultant Philip also runs the Channel Four Screenwriting course.
Credits include: Father Ted, Brass Eye, Miranda
After a term as Commissioning Editor for Comedy Central, Pete rejoined the BBC as Creative Head for Comedy in April 2012.
Paul Ashton is a Senior Film Executive at Creative England, leading the talent team in Sheffield where they develop emerging directors, writers and producers.
Credits include: Bigfoot, Dragonquest
As Director of Development at The Asylum, Micho has overseen the development of more than 30 films, with 25 more in the pipeline.
Credits include: The Last King Of Scotland, The Hole
Lisa has produced hundreds of music videos and commercials as well as Oscar and BAFTA winning features.
Credits include: Deviation, Hard Boiled Sweets
Lara's varied career includes acting, presenting, writing, producing and directing (though not usually all 5 at the same time!).
Agent and great supporter of emerging talent.
Julian has years of experience as a literary agent and was the founder of ScriptWriter magazine.
Credits include: The Archers, Bloomsday
Jeremy is responsible for commissioning over 300 titles a year for Radio 4.
Credits include: X-Men: First Class, Valkyrie
Jason's impressive credits include X-Men: First Class, Jack The Giant Killer, Valkyrie and the TV series Dirty Sexy Money.
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.
Evan runs script consultancy Industrial Scripts, and is producing his first film with Bedlam Prods.
Credits include: Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive
David has produced, directed and exec'd many of the most successful radio and TV comedies of the last 20 years.
Former Head of Media Department at AP Watt, Christine will shortly be joining the ranks at the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency.
Currently seeking: We’re looking for funny and original 30’ scripted comedy ideas that can play on BBC1, BBC2, BBC3 or BBC4. We don’t commission films, comedy dramas or comedy entertainment formats.
Caroline Raphael is Commissioning Editor for Comedy & Entertainment for BBC Radio 4
Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language
Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer.
Credits Include: 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.
It was better than going on holiday! I came away buzzing with excitement - no holiday blues!’ I simply cannot wait for the next one!
David Buick, Writer & Director
Credits include: Gone Fishing, Urban Ghost Story
Catherine has written and directed commercials, drama and recently directed the film ‘Be Heard’ which is due to have its premiere at BAFTA in November.
Credits include: Address Is Approximate
The Theory - aka Simon Sharp and Tom Jenkins - recently signed signed a deal with Sony Pictures to write and direct their new movie Giants.
Credits include: Casualty, The Bill, Eastenders
John has directed several award winning short films and many episodes of Television drama including Casualty, Eastenders and The Bill.
Credits include: Shifty, Welcome To The Punch
Eran wrote and directed the BAFTA nominated Shifty; his latest feature Welcome To The Punch was Executive Produced by Ridley Scott.
Credits include: Confetti, Nativity 1, 2 & 3
Debbie's unique improvisational methods have attracted the cream of UK comedy to her projects including Martin Freeman, Alan Carr, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan and David Tennant.
I have learnt so much which I can implement in my own writing. I came away inspired, motivated & loving life!
Caroline Towers, Screenwriter
People who know stuff
Credits include: The Creative Screenwriter
Zara has taught at Sussex University, Brunel University and was for many years Senior Lecturer at Thames Valley University, where she also developed the 'Creative Screenwriting' MA.
Credits include: Saturday Night Live
Zack has served as a script consultant and – as a writer himself – has a deep working knowledge of the technical and practical uses of Final Draft.
Tracy's Saucy Horse specialises in social media management for businesses who want to know how to make Social Media work for them.
A direction consultant, Simon Phillips is equipped with all the tools to advise feature filmmakers and writers.
Credits include: StarLit, Eufloria Adventures
Rudolf’s work has been nominated for various industry awards including a BAFTA and the renowned Independent Game Festival’s Grand Prize.
Credits include: Trial & Retribution, The Bill, Casualty
TV, radio and stage writer Philip also runs the screenwriting site 'Screenwriting Goldmine'.
Phil has worked as a consultant for the BBC, C4, Aardman, Berlin Brandenburg Medianboard, Prime Exchange and developed Oscar® winning and box office feature films.
Peter is a well-known industry figure who was previously Head of Distribution & Exhibition at the UKFC and subsequently the BFI.
Starting out as a Development Assistant at BBC Films, Nish now works alongside Joe Phillips at Curtis Brown.
Screenwriter and Script Doctor Mary Kate has written five features, all of which have been funded by The Irish Film Board.
Bionic blogger, script editor and the voice of new writers!
Legendary for her enthusiasm and knowledge which she shares with her community at Bang2Write. Core member of the LSF team.
Author of: The 21st-Century Screenplay
Linda Aronson returns to dazzle LSF delegates with her game changing explanations of how to construct non-linear and multiple storyline films.
Credits include: Family Ties, Benson, The Love Boat
Jurgen has written over 100 episodes of TV including classics such as Family Ties, Benson and The Love Boat.
Credits include: Doctor Who Comic
Tony Lee is a #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of comics, novels and audio dramas.
Editor of Blue Pencil Laws Of Creativity Magazine
Julian Wilkins is Editorial Director for Blue Pencil Media Limited and will be running the legal clinic at the festival
Credits include: Nativity! 2, Confetti, Trollied
Prolific stage, film and television actor Jason Watkins has a credit list as long as your arm!
Credits include: Hollyoaks, Casualty, Blue Murder
Hayley McKenzie is an experienced Script Editor in UK television and feature films and the founder of Script Angel.
Credits include: Staying Sane: How To Make Your Mind Work For You
Eminent Psychiatrist Dr Raj offers fascinating insights into the mind and mechanics of the screenwriter.
Credits include: Wilde, Warriors, Land Girls
One of the UK’s most successful female music ambassadors, Debbie is in demand not only as a composer, but also as a conductor and presenter.
Credits include: Zombies, Run! , Clockwork Watch
David writes for an extremely broad range of media.
Credits include: Beyond Structure (Workshop)
David's workshop is one of the most popular screenwriting and script development classes in LA, London and around the world. (via Skype)
Credits include: Skellig, I Can't Think Straight
Daisy's extensive career spans film distribution, acquisitions, development, screenwriting and producing.
The Creative Screenwriter, Movies That Move Us
Craig has a PhD in screenwriting, is a senior lecturer, screenwriter, script consultant and author.
Author: The Insiders Guide to Writing for TV
Script editor and producer Christopher is also programme leader for De Montfort’s MA in TV Scriptwriting.
Credits include: The Seven Basic Plots: why we tell stories
Christopher is the best selling author of The Seven Basic Plots: why we tell stories.
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.
Has helped countless writers for over fifteen years.
Writer-director, Charles Harris has won international awards for his films for TV and cinema.
Writing for Ben wasn't the problem, it was getting published. So he self published, and will share what he learned with you.
Credits include: Death Of A President, Junkhearts
With years of script development under her belt, Angeli can help you identify where your script needs most work.
Founder: Kitson Press Associates
Jean Kitson is an agent representing film, TV, theatre and radio writers and directors.
The sheer raw energy bouncing from writer to writer and from room to room was something truly special
Daniel Martin Eckhart, Screenwriter
Credits include: Garrow's Law, Iron Monk, Tales of Peter Rabbit
Barrister turned writer Mark served as story editor on Garrow's Law and has several TV and feature projects ready to go.
Credits include: Great American Pitchfest
Bob has been the Executive Director of the Great American Pitchfest & Screenwriting Conference (GAPF) for 13 years.
Credits include: Time Out, Radio 5, Radio 4, Radio 3
Time Out film critic Nigel will be interviewing top speakers for the London Screenwriters Festival 2013.
Credits include: The Film Programme
Veteran LSF Karen brings her years in the media business to ensure insightful and entertaining sessions.
Credits include: Direct Edition
One-time record promoter, music video director, writer, this comic book fan presents the comic book show 'Direct Edition'
Credits include: Sam Jackson's Secret Video Diary
Screenwriter and composer with a passion for storytelling for young audiences.
He has been representing top talent for over 24 years.
Credits include: Starsuckers, Taking Liberties
Chris Atkins is an independent film maker, who likes to court controversy.
The Actor’s table read was so illuminating – seeing what happens to your script when it is handed over to a director and actors was a complete eye-opener.
Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter